A one-year, London-based MA programme of twelve evening seminars and individual research led by Professor Sir Roger Scruton. Offering examples of contemporary thinking and including lectures by internationally acclaimed philosophers, the purpose of this programme to give an overall survey of Philosophy and topics that are central to the interaction of philosophy and life.
Each seminar takes place at The Reform Club, Pall Mall, central London and is followed by a dinner during which participants can engage in discussion with the speaker. The topics to be considered include consciousness, emotion, justice, art, God, love and the environment.
Examination will be by a research dissertation on an approved philosophical topic chosen by the student, of around 25,000 words. Guidance and personal supervision will be provided.
The Course Director
The course is led by the renowned philosopher, Professor Sir Roger Scruton, FBA, FRSL.
Professor Scruton is a Fellow of the Humanities Research Institute and Course Director of the MA in Philosophy. He is a writer, philosopher and public commentator, specialising in aesthetics with particular attention to music and architecture.
He engages in contemporary political and cultural debates from the standpoint of a conservative thinker and is well known as a powerful polemicist. He has written widely in the press on political and cultural issues.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a fellow of the British Academy.
Professor Scruton is the author of over forty books, including The Ring of Truth (2016), Fools Frauds and Firebrands (2015), The Soul of the World (2014), Notes from Underground (2014), How to Be a Conservative (2014), Our Church (2012),How to Think Seriously about the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism (2012), Beauty (2009),The Aesthetics of Music (1997), The Philosopher on Dover Beach (1990), Sexual Desire (1986), The Meaning of Conservatism (1980) and Art and Imagination (1974).
The minimum entry level required for this course is as follows:
a first or upper second-class honours degree from a recognised university or,
a recognised professional qualification with relevant work experience.
In cases where candidates are applying on the basis of work experience, they may be asked to complete a short written assignment and/or attend an interview as part of the applications process.
Age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students. Due to their flexibility, our London-based MAs by research attract a wide variety of applicants from a range of backgrounds, including people in full-time employment and retirees. Our current students range in age from 21 to 75.
Candidates apply online, sending in their supporting documents, and will be assessed on this basis by the Programme Director. The Programme Director or Admissions Assistant will be happy to answer any enquiries.
Terms and conditions for prospective students
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The series of seminars takes place between October 2019 and June 2020. Please note that all seminars take place on Thursday evenings (unless otherwise stated), beginning at 18:30. They will be held at the Reform Club, 104 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5EW (see: information for visitors and directions).
Thursday 10 Oct 2019
Thursday 31 Oct 2019
Thursday 28 November 2019
Thursday 19 December 2019
Thursday 16 Jan 2020
Thursday 13 Feb 2020
Thursday 12 March 2020
Thursday 16 April 2020
Thursday 14 May 2020
Thursday 18 June 2020
Each guest speaker seminar begins at 18:30 and is followed by a dinner (also at the Reform Club), at 20:00, with the guest speaker. The cost of all post-seminar dinners is included in the tuition fees.
The University’s Course Directors, students’ supervisors, and the Research Officer and Tutor for Graduate Students are available to discuss students’ post-graduation plans and how they may utilise most effectively the skills acquired during their studies.
Please note that the University of Buckingham has four terms per year. The tuition fees quoted are for the degree (e.g. if you start a degree at Buckingham in January 2018, you will pay the same termly fee for the duration of your degree – you will not be affected by the price increase in September 2018). Students will pay the same termly fee for the duration of their studies, unless studies are interrupted and resumed later. The tuition fee quoted is therefore the total cost of the degree.
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