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Philosophy at UEA

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

67 per cent of research in Philosophy was rated 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a major Government analysis of university research quality. Additionally, the impact of the research was rated 8th in the UK in the Times Higher Education REF2014 rankings.

Research Expertise

We are a vibrant international research community with highly distinctive research strengths in cross-disciplinary fields as well as fundamental traditions in Western thought.

The Department has special strengths in the areas of Philosophy and Social Science, Metaphilosophy, Environmental Philosophy, Philosophy of Language and Linguistics, Experimental Philosophy, Wittgenstein, Ancient Philosophy and Ethics. We welcome applications on any topic relevant to our research (see our research pages and page for more information).

While our overall research profile is highly diverse, our staff share a concern for philosophical methodology and the discipline's relation to the humanities and the sciences, and work in interdisciplinary collaboration with colleagues from other Schools of study.

We connect our research with the wider world through an expansive library of books, articles and monographs published by our researchers, many of which have been written with a non-academic audience in mind. Our events, conferences and media interactions aim to foster public engagement with philosophical ideas, impacting society in its behaviour and aspirations.

Our researchers' expertise encompasses a broad range of research themes, with work spanning from Ancient Philosophy to investigations of philosophy's relationship to the arts, the environment and science.

With ever-increasing interdisciplinary collaborations, our researchers work with colleagues specialising in areas including literature, film, psychology, economics and environmental science.

We are an international centre of Wittgenstein research and home to one of the highest concentrations of scholars specialising in aspects of Wittgensteinian Philosophy in the world. Wittgenstein's work is investigated by a number of our researchers and Postgraduate students and is brought to bear on other themes within our teaching and research.

Shool of Philosophy

Our PhD programme (3 years full-time or 6 years part-time) revolves around a schedule of regular meetings with a primary and a secondary supervisor. It includes training in research methods through the Personal and Professional Development (PPD) programme, academic career development supported by a weekly postgraduate workshop where students present their own work and advice on wider career prospects. Progress through a PhD degree is marked by progressive milestones, notably a probationary review within 9 months from the start of the degree (18 months for part-time students) and annual progress reviews (APR's) on subsequent years.

Our lively international graduate community provides a stimulating intellectual environment for PhD work. The postgraduate community is fostered by regular conferences, a variety of reading groups and workshops as well as a guest speaker programme which attracts world-famous philosophers and up-and-coming researchers alike.

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Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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