European Philosophy

Examine modern and ancient European philosophical thinking to address some of the fundamental questions facing humanity today

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Degree

MA(Hons) European Philosophy

Degree Duration

4 years

Pathways Available

International Year Zero

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree

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Degree Overview

Philosophy explores our existence using critical thinking and argument. If you find yourself thinking about life’s big issues and questions, philosophy could be for you.

We specialise in continental (European) philosophy and teach key texts from the European tradition. For this course, we also encourage you to study European-based modules from other subjects such as history, languages, international relations, politics, or geography.

We help you look at how philosophy is important to real-world concerns and contemporary issues by:

exploring films and artwork
discussing important scientific and technological developments
debating controversial ethical issues
looking at how texts written three hundred years ago can be relevant to political situations today
At Levels 1 and 2 you will receive a grounding in ancient and modern philosophy and be introduced to fundamental ideas concerning ethics, epistemology (the nature of knowledge), and metaphysics (the nature of reality).

You then specialise at Levels 3 and 4 by drawing on a range of philosophy modules taught by lecturers engaging in interdisciplinary research.

You will study existentialism in relation to contemporary culture, technology, and film, and topics in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. You will also be encouraged to make links between philosophy and other subjects, such as politics, literature, film, the environment, psychology, and computer science.

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Important
  • This course will be taught by the Dundee School of Humanities

Why Study this Degree

A philosophy degree provides you with wide-ranging skills which are an advantage in any professional career. You will be able to identify and explain the underlying issues in all kinds of debates.

You will also learn to identify arguments from varied sources and traditions and offer clear responses to these arguments. You can summarise points of view which are not your own and will learn the self-discipline required for independent research.

Our graduates have gone on to postgraduate study and worked in a wide variety of careers including: publishing social work education the music industry civil service

Your Pathways

The International Year Zero is the first year of the four year undergraduate course. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English Language, before you continue to year one of your chosen University undergraduate degree course.

Following successful completion of the IYZ, you will continue onto Year One of your degree directly with the University of your choice.

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University of Dundee

Ranked in The Guardian's Top 20 UK Universities in 2021, the University of Dundee prides itself on three things: Impactful research, an excellent student experience and a community campus in the city.

Situated beside the majestic River Tay, Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city. It also has the highest student ratios per head of population anywhere in the UK so there is an exciting and diverse range of nightlife, leisure activities and culture.