Research Degrees in
in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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:
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.
Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff to discuss a proposed research project.
For queries, please contact:
The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.
Please complete the additional Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information document [doc link] and upload it to the Student documents section of your online application. This collects important information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.
Before you apply, we recommend that you:
We will contact you to let you know the initial outcome of your application, and invite you to attend an interview where appropriate.
Once the university is satisfied with the following, we will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study:
Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme. You must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your unconditional place.