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Literature and Philosophy, M.A.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #591 (QS) ,
The Literature and Philosophy course at Kingston University draws on the interdisciplinary relationship between both subjects. It combines rigorous philosophical and cutting-edge literary study, at the same time as critically examining questions around the relationship between the two disciplines in an inclusive, critical and non-partisan manner.

About

The Literature and Philosophy course at Kingston University demands the best of its students, while at the same time providing a supportive pedagogical environment, in which teaching is student-centred and research led. You will be challenged to engage in critical thinking in ways that will prepare you for a range of careers.

On the course you will be able to draw on the resources of not only literature and philosophy, but also creative writing, journalism and publishing, and in a faculty that incorporates the study of film, psychoanalysis, drama and dance. You can therefore take advantage of a broad range of intellectual and creative resources.

What will you study?

The course offers you a broad range of topics in English, including gender, race theory and postcolonial literature and theory, medieval literature, Shakespeare, the gothic, the American Suburban novel, Iris Murdoch, slavery and empire. It also offers you the chance to engage in continental philosophy with an emphasis on deconstruction, French thought, German idealism, critical theory, aesthetics, contemporary feminist, modern continental thought and psychoanalysis. 

The core module offers you the chance to examine the boundary between English and philosophy, focusing on their divergent assumptions as well as their connections. It pushes you to think about what is unique to each discipline, and how each discipline can complement the other.

Where this course will take you

Graduates from this course will work in a range of spheres in which critical thinking and analytical writing is required, including the creative industries, public sector institutions, teaching, creative industries, advertising, communication industries. Other students will go on to further research. A PhD degree is offered in English and philosophy. 

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Interdisciplinary Investigations: An Introduction to Literature and Philosophy
  • Dissertation
  • Markets and Materiality
  • Mappings and crossings
  • Sex and Text
  • Trauma and Justice
  • Ten Critical Challenges for Creative Writers
  • British Black and Asian Writing
  • American Countercultures

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Please note: there is no official deadline for applications, but we recommend that you apply by June for September entry and by October for January entry.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • BA or BSc: In normal circumstances, at least a 2:1 or upper second class honours degree will be required.
  • Exceptionally, an equivalent will be considered on an individual basis-for example relevant experience in the workforce, supplemented by a written sample analysing and justifying why the candidate should be accepted.
  • All candidates will be interviewed either in person or by Skype/phone.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7125 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7125 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Home and European Union: 
  • MA part time £3,300

Overseas (not EU):

  • MA part time £7,755

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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