Master of Arts (MA) in Ancient Philosophy


  • Interested in how the key ancient thinkers addressed the question of how human beings should secure the ‘good life‘ and how to ‘live well?’
  • Want to develop an understanding of important concepts such as ‘good‘, ‘pleasure‘, ‘happiness‘, ‘desire‘, and ‘virtue?’
  • Would you like the chance to study important texts written by great ancient thinkers like Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus and Epictetus?

…then prepare yourself for the metaphysical adventure of your life and sign up for the Warnborough MA in Ancient Philosophy!

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.

Graduate students of Ancient Philosophy will be expected to work independently and aggressively to identify and secure an understanding of the issues that seem most meaningful, the challenge of which will have the potential to stimulate the candidate to contribute to new knowledge in the discipline.

The graduate program in Ancient Philosophy is suitable for students who intend to develop professional careers in a wide range of settings. 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, journalism, and so forth.

Students may be exempt from certain modules in the curriculum, based on prior courses taken, and/or demonstrated knowledge of philosophy and related disciplines. Modules taken at any time during the student’s career may be counted, if they fulfil appropriate requirements.

Because of the enormous flexibility of the WCI program, students may work with their mentor to structure their program in the context of their individual interests, and professional and academic goals. Read the complete module descriptions for information as well as ideas – think of them as a set of guidelines, rather than rules. They will also give you ideas on areas you may wish to pursue most aggressively, in your graduate program.

120 ECTS credits, including a Master’s Thesis, will be required for the MA degree. In accordance with Warnborough College regulations, MA candidates in Ancient Philosophy will need to fulfil the following requirements:


  • PH500 Good, pleasure and happiness
  • PH510 Knowledge and desire in virtue
  • PH520 The good of others
  • PH530 Virtue and happiness

PART TWO: KEY PHILOSOPHERS (10 credits each)

  • PH515 Plato
  • PH518 Aristotle
  • PH538 The Philosophy of Epicurus
  • PH541 The Philosophy of the Stoic Epictetus


  • PH650 Thesis

See more module details here.

This program is offered via distance learning. Individual programs can be structured in modular formats; can be project/research directed, or can combine both options. At the graduate level, students are expected to be highly self-motivated and capable of independent work.

Professor Seddon’s area of expertise is Philosophy in general, but specifically Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics, Ancient Philosophy, Stoic Ethics, Classical Chinese Philosophy (including Taoism), and Applied Philosophy. Until 1996 he was the Director of Studies and editor of The Philosopher for the Philosophical Society of England. He has taught a wide range of Liberal Arts topics in further education colleges and correspondence colleges.

Since 1987, he has been actively mentoring students via distance learning for Warnborough College. Professor Seddon has had his work published in books, and has published numerous articles and reviews in several periodicals including: Practical Philosophy, the Volga Journal of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Philosophy Now, and The Philosopher.

Professor Seddon serves on the International Editorial Board of Practical Philosophy and is a Fellow of the Philosophical Society of England.

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