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MA (by Dissertation) Philosophy University of Essex



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Course info


For our MAD in Philosophy, we offer supervision in a wide range of fields including continental philosophy, history of philosophy, social and political philosophy, and medical humanities. We have an established international reputation and a strong tradition of postgraduate education, particularly in the specialist area of continental philosophy and - more recently - in the middle-ground between continental and analytic philosophy. Moral and political philosophy is another notable area of research concentration. We are also very active in the emerging field of medical humanities.


The MAD is a one-year master’s By Dissertation programme of advanced study and research.

Your future

Many of our graduates have progressed successfully to further research and an academic career. Philosophers with a PhD from Essex now teach at many UK universities, including Warwick, Oxford, Sussex, Reading, Bolton, Manchester Metropolitan, and Keele, and also at numerous institutions abroad (such as University College Dublin, the University of Malta, and Grand Valley State University, USA). Our other Philosophy graduates have gone into careers in law, the media, local administration, HM Revenue and Customs, and top jobs in the Civil Service.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MA (by Dissertation) Philosophy.

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

£16,230.00 (16,67,928) per year

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.




Colchester Campus

University of Essex,

Wivenhoe Park,



CO4 3SQ, England

Entry requirement for international students

We will consider a 2:1 or above (or international equivalent). You must demonstrate your capacity to conduct independent research and a well-developed research proposal is also essential. If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 7.0 overall, or equivalent, with a minimum score of 5.5 in all other components; TOEFL IBT 100 overall with minimum component scores: Listening: 17 Reading: 18 Writing: 17 Speaking: 20.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.


Here are some scholarship that are available at University of Essex.

The Eleonore Koch Fund

Value of scholarship



16 August 2021

Eligibility requirements:

This bursary will be awarded to one student in academic year 2021/22, therefore the application process is competitive. You must meet all of the following criteria: You are from Latin America; You have received a conditional firm or unconditional firm offer to study full time; MA Art History and Theory at the University of Essex starting in academic year 2021/22. You need to have accepted your offer by Monday 16 August 2021. Selection will be based on your eligibility and the information and supporting statements that you provide as part of the application process.

Who can apply:

All international

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