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Ancient Philosophy

Warnborough College

36 months
6000 EUR/year
6000 EUR/year
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The graduate program in Ancient Philosophy from Warnborough College is suitable for students who intend to develop professional careers in a wide range of settings.


The study of Ancient Philosophy has more than mere academic interest, for the ancient thinkers set themselves the task of securing for their students ‘the good life’, that is, the capacity to live as well as one may in ways that are appropriate for rational and conscientious beings.

The student on this program is therefore encouraged to appreciate in a significant sense what it means to be a philosopher (a ‘lover of wisdom’) and how living the ‘philosophic life’ contributes to one’s well-being and to the development of one’s humanity.

This program at Warnborough College has several related aims:

  • to introduce candidates to how the key ancient thinkers addressed the question of how human beings should secure the ‘good life’ and how to ‘live well’.
  • to develop an understanding of important concepts required for this endeavour, including ‘good’, ‘pleasure’, ‘happiness’, ‘desire’, and ‘virtue’.
  • to introduce to the candidate important texts written by the great thinkers of the period, namely: Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus and Epictetus.
  • to develop the necessary reasoning and analytical skills for accomplishing this.


The rigorous intellectual training that philosophy provides has value and appeal to employers in areas such as: teaching (most likely at the college level), course development and curricula design, research, civil service, local government, charities, information technology, solicitor’s firms, publishing and journalism.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Good, Pleasure and Happiness
  • Knowledge and Desire in Virtue
  • The Good of Others
  • Virtue and Happiness
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • The Philosophy of Epicurus
  • The Philosophy of the Stoic Epictetus

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
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  • Start Date: 1st of any month


160 ECTS



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Successful completion of a Master's degree; or equivalent.
  • A full curriculum vitae/resumé.
  • A brief autobiography. 
  • A brief research proposal, if you are choosing either research or projects options. Outline what you would like to do on the program – the research topic, intended methodology, and planned resources. It should be clear and concise, and can be modified later after discussion with your Program Director.
  • Copies of all academic transcripts. Please include English translations if your transcripts are in another language.
  • Two references. From employers, business partners, and/or academics.
  • A scanned copy of your passport or government-issued ID showing your name, date of birth and photograph.
  • Two passport-size photographs (if you are posting a paper application).
  • Application fee of €100.
  • All other relevant and related information or documentation (e.g. scholarship requests, etc.)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18000 EUR for the full programme during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18000 EUR for the full programme during 36 months.
  • €113 per credit


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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