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:

  • 19th and 20th century French Philosophy (Ravaisson, Bergson, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Lyotard, Derrida, Foucault, Nancy)
  • Aesthetics in both analytic and continental traditions
  • Meta-ethics
  • Critical Animal Studies
  • German Philosophy from the 17th to 20th Century (in particular the philosophies of Leibniz, Kant, Hegel and German Idealism, Nietzsche, Husserl, and Heidegger)
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Metaphysics
  • The Philosophy of Education

Philosophy Research

The Philosophy section is home to the European and Applied Philosophy Group.

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

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Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.

How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application throughout the process.

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Please complete the additional Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information document and upload it to the Student documents section of your online application. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary supporting documents required and submit them along with your application where possible: references, passport copy, qualification transcripts and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.

Next Stages of Your Application

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:

  • Your research proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • You have had a successful interview

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.

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