Philosophy and Religion: Eastern and Western Thought (MA)

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The MA in Philosophy and Religion: Eastern and Western Thought is a distance-learning programme designed for students who want to explore important philosophical and religious issues about life and the nature of our existence, but don’t want to be limited in their study to one particular pathway or tradition.

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Course Length:
Full-time: 2 years, Part-time: 4 years. Location: Online only

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The MA in Philosophy and Religion: Eastern and Western Thought will explore key topics in philosophy and religion, such as the nature of the self, the nature of reality, and the nature of religious experiences, from various philosophical and religious perspectives, from both eastern and western traditions. It includes the study of Buddhist Philosophy, the Daoist and Confucian traditions of China, Analytic and Continental Philosophy, and theories and practices of Western Religions.

The MA consists of taking six taught modules and a writing 15,000 word dissertation. The choice of taught modules available are:

  • The Self: East and West
  • Buddhist Philosophy
  • Chinese Conceptions of the Self
  • Mind & Body: Descartes and Wittgenstein
  • Cosmology, Magic and Divination
  • Religious Experience Today
  • The course is delivered via distance-learning and its structure allows students the flexibility to arrange their study around their other commitments.
  • Students have access to a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that provides them with a wide range of electronic resources.
  • Coursework assessment, with no exams.
  • Students receive support from subject specialists in Philosophy, Religious Studies and Chinese Studies.

The normal minimum requirement for admission is a Bachelor’s degree, with good II.1 honours, or equivalent. However as part of an inclusive approach to learning we encourage students from non traditional entry points or without recognised educational backgrounds but who have an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant relevant professional experience to apply. In such cases the programme leader may  ask for a telephone/ skype conversation or request evidence in the form of a piece of work, report, analysis of some sort to satisfy themselves that each student is able to fulfil their potential on the course.

Dr Tristan Nash
Programme Director
01570 424846