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Philosophy MPhilStud: What our students say

Student profiles

Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.

Anna Ploug

Name: Anna Ploug
Course: Modern European Philosophy

Coming from a traditional philosophy background, I was looking for a masters that would be either seriously interested in issues in the history of philosophy or have a contemporary political and theoretical dimension.

At Kingston's Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), I found a combination of these two: advanced engagement with canonical texts and a commitment to a critique of the alleged self-sufficiency of philosophy.

The teaching here is brilliant. Not only is it rare to find a university which specialises in the so-called Continental or European tradition, but CRMEP is extraordinary - it facilitates a whole intellectual environment for people interested in these areas. When you're surrounded by people with similar interests, you get the opportunity to test out ideas collectively and learn to navigate the academic field.

One of the most valuable things for me about the course, was that the CMREP staff have very high ambitions about the quality of your academic work and are encouraging and supportive of your efforts and development. As a foreign student, it was particularly important for me to feel that there was room for ‘errors' - and an unusual accent.

 

 

Henry Jones

Name: Henry Jones
Course: Modern European Philosophy MPhilStud

I am not a typical Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) student. I began my course of part-time study on the Modern European Philosophy MPhilStud in 2015 following retirement from a long career in teaching. My original degree at Cambridge was History/Social and Political Science and since then I have developed an interest in continental philosophy. Retirement gave me the time and opportunity to study the subject more seriously.

I chose to study at Kingston because the syllabus suited my particular interests. The combination of strong emphasis on Kant and Hegel combined with the opportunity to cover a wide range of C20 (and even C21) philosophy was a big plus. Another important factor is that I was aware that CRMEP enjoys a reputation as the leading centre for European Philosophy in the UK and one of the leading centres internationally. This is reflected in the diversity of the student body who are drawn from across Europe and the world.

The main reason for this success is undoubtably the excellent quality of the teaching across all the courses. The teaching staff are internationally recognised leaders in their areas of philosophical research. They also take their teaching responsibilities very seriously. The approach to classes - two and a half hour sessions that combine lectures, discussion and questions - is one that suits me particularly well. In addition, individual tutorials are scheduled to support students with termly essay assignments. The support that is provided to each class by an attached PhD student is also valuable, as are the additional research support classes and the ambitious programme of public lectures.

The approach to postgraduate philosophical study at Kingston is rigorous, challenging and demanding, which is exactly what I was looking for when I started the course. For any student with a similar approach the rewards and the potential opportunities are great. They would be joining a student group that is not only refreshingly diverse in terms of background and nationality, but also welcoming, intellectually both knowledgeable and very able (sometimes frighteningly so for me!) and committed.

 

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