Philosophy Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MPhil (Res)

Study in a lively and stimulating centre for research that is large enough to find like-minded thinkers, and small enough for you to be a valued member of a seamless research team. We offer supervision in traditional core areas of philosophy as well as in emerging fresh fields, where we are at the forefront of exciting new research. The three-year PhD is structured with helpful milestones, assisting you to complete a successful thesis. It is also possible to enter for the shorter MPhil degree. The impact of our research in philosophy was rated tied 7th in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (Times Higher Education REF2014) rankings.


STAFF RESEARCH INTERESTS - We offer a distinctive research environment, with an interdisciplinary outlook and a focus on methodological and meta-philosophical reflection. Key research areas are: Philosophy of Language and Linguistics; Philosophy and Social Science; Environmental Philosophy; Metaphilosophy; Experimental Philosophy; Wittgenstein and the Wittgensteinian Tradition; Ancient Philosophy. 

Much of our research integrates topical and historical research and engages with influential contributions from all key periods of Western philosophy. You are welcome to discuss your research plans with academic staff. For contact details and research interests go to:

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RESEARCH STUDENTS - Throughout your research you will work closely with one researcher. Your supervisory team will also include other academics with relevant interests. For interdisciplinary theses, these may come from other Schools. Our PhD students research widely across philosophy, often crossing boundaries to other subjects. Topics have included: Transcendental Arguments, Kant’s Metaphysics, Philosophy of the Commons, Sartre and Wittgenstein, Philosophical Method and Psycho-Linguistics, Explanatory pluralism in cognitive science, and Iris Murdoch’s Ethics of Attention. We welcome co-tutelle applications for joint supervision with a supervisor in another European university. 

RESEARCH EVENTS AND TRAINING - Benefit from a rich programme of frequent research events, from the Wittgenstein workshop and specialist reading groups on topics ranging from ancient philosophy to philosophy of mathematics, to regular seminars at which visiting academics deliver papers in all branches of philosophy. A highlight of the week is the postgraduate workshop, a friendly and supportive forum for developing embryonic ideas and testing polished work. 

Take a look at our current PhD and studentship opportunities

Course Modules 2019/0

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules.


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.

How to Apply

Please take a look at our information on how to apply.

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