Research Degrees in
in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Do you want to advance or change your career, deepen your expertise in a topic, or expand your research and practical skills?
With a PhD or other postgraduate research degree in Philosophy you will:
We can supervise a broad range of projects within Philosophy. Our areas of expertise include:
Our academics play a major role in national and international philosophy research. We are involved with the British Society for Phenomenology, the British Society for the History of Philosophy, the Society for European Philosophy, and the Values-based Theory Network.
As a postgraduate researcher, you will play an active role in the intellectual life of the University. You are encouraged to participate in our Human Sciences Seminar Series, which is a well-established programme of seminars that facilitates discussions of philosophy from cross-disciplinary and cross-continental perspectives.
The social and intellectual life of the Faculty is enhanced by the Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre (PAHC) which provides:
The majority of our students enrol in October. We offer further enrolment points in January and April.
Research degrees are available to study on-campus or through distance learning.
Our intellectually rigorous research degrees will equip you with the necessary skills to pursue academic research in Philosophy or related disciplines.
You will also gain higher-level skills in research, critical argument, project management, and communications, that equip you to enter managerial positions in a range of sectors.
This course is research based. You will independently conduct research into your own topic or a topic that we advertise. Your supervisory team will offer expert guidance throughout your studies and review work in progress.
Each year, you will follow a programme of training and development to enhance your research methods, subject-matter expertise and professional skills.
Tuition fees are likely to increase each academic year in line with UK Research and Innovation guidelines.
International fees are categorised into five bands. Your tuition fee band will depend on the resources required for your project. We will confirm your band in your offer letter.
Fees for 2019/20 entry will be available here when they are confirmed
Each year we offer a number of competitive scholarships to support high quality research projects. Current scholarship opportunities in Philosophy are advertised on our site.
We are a member of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership which allows us to offer fully funded scholarships in the Arts and Humanities. The deadline for applications is midnight on 14 January 2019.
You should, as a minimum, have a first or 2.1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification.
International students must demonstrate a sufficiently high standard of English language ability.
We welcome interest from applicants from non-standard backgrounds. We will take subject knowledge, professional experience, publications, or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment into consideration.
See more about our standard entry requirements.
Before applying for a research degree, you should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff about your project and ideas. To arrange this, please email Professor Joanna Hodge, email@example.com, the Research Degrees Co-ordinator for Philosophy.
For further information on the application process, contact the Faculty’s research degrees administration team: firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 (0)161 247 6673.
The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online using the link below. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.
Before you apply, you should discuss your project with a member of academic staff. You should also complete the Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information form which you will then upload to the ‘Student documents’ section of the application form. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.