The Philosophy section is a centre of excellence, with advanced research in a number of areas including the history of philosophy, transcendental philosophy, and phenomenology.

Areas of supervision for research degrees include:

Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff to discuss a proposed research project. To arrange this please contact Professor Joanna Hodge, Philosophy Research Degrees Coordinator.

For further information on the application process, contact the Faculty Research Degrees Administrator: 0161 247 1744

More about research degrees and how to apply

Research degrees are available to study on-campus or through distance learning.

How to apply for a distance learning PhD

Philosophy Research

The Philosophy section is home to the European and Applied Philosophy Group, which is part of the Humanities Research Centre.

Staff in the department are involved in the work of a number of national and international professional bodies including the British Society for Phenomenology; the British Society for the History of Philosophy; the Society for European Philosophy; Particularism in Bioethics, Professional Ethics and Medicine Network; and Convener of the Values-based Theory Network.

Our most recent doctoral defences were theses by Dr Dominic Kelly (on Heidegger), Dr Nicholas Aldridge (on Jean-Luc Nancy), Dr Nicola Crosby (on Kant), and Dr Shandon Guthrie (on the Metaphysics of Demonology). Students are currently writing doctorates on the work of Hegel, on the work of Jean Luc Nancy, and on the work of Foucault. There are weekly meetings of the Human Sciences Seminar (HSS) in the autumn and spring terms, and a seminar for graduate students to present their work in the summer term.

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