Masters Qualifying Thesis – Nietzsche

A Masters Qualifying course is a bridge between an Honours course and a Masters course. It therefore provides an opportunity for further study in one’s area of special interest. Importantly for me, undertaking the course allowed me to continue studying topics that I found to be both interesting and challenging.

After completing English Honours, I realised that I could not go further in English studies straight away. I needed to know more about the philosophical underpinnings of language. ‘Literary Criticism’ was still a mystery to me, even after studying it for a year.

So, after discussion with the head of the then Philosophy Department, we decided on a Masters Qualifying course. (I don’t think the university offers this course any more). It comprised of course work and a research thesis. As the course work covered Kant and Nietzsche, Nietzsche was an ideal choice for a thesis topic. So interesting did I find it that instead of going back to English, I continued to study philosophy.

A requirement is to present your work at a seminar to fellow students. Accordingly, they would discuss and scrutinise what you have done so far.  See: Masters Qualifying Long Essay Presentation 1995.

Completing the Long Essay or thesis was an extremely interesting and challenging task. It would not have been possible without the support of supervisors and fellow-students. My appetite was then whetted well and truly for further philosophy study. See:
Masters Qualifying Thesis 1995: An Assessment of Nietzsche’s Attack on Altruism, Pity and Sympathy.

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