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About the Programme


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

The Department of Philosophy supports innovative research in three broad areas of philosophy: 

  • Language, Mind and Knowledge 
  • Morality, Society and Environment​ 
  • Philosophical Methodology 

​Within the Language, Mind and Knowledge area, we welcome both traditional projects in philosophy of language and mind and interdisciplinary approaches connected with linguistics and psycholinguistics. In particular, we are interested in the role of intuitions in philosophy and related disciplines (e.g. linguistics), as well as in the use of empirical methods and findings for philosophical purposes. 

Within the Morality, Society and Environment area, we welcome projects on the integration of ecological values into ethics, politics and aesthetics, our relation to non-human animals and the project of rethinking human life and civilisation in the light of global ecological breakdown. 

Within the Philosophical Methodology area, we welcome research on the specifically methodological aspects of Wittgenstein's work as well as the methodological questions raised by the use of empirical methods in Philosophy. 

We also have a distinctive expertise in the following areas: (i) Wittgenstein's work, including historical-exegetical scholarship and the philosophical deployment of Wittgensteinian ideas and approaches in contemporary debates. (ii) Continental Philosophy, especially Nietzsche and Heidegger  (iii) The Philosophy of Scientific and Mathematical Practice. 


See the UEA philosophy research page  and our School of Philosophy webpage  for more information. 


We welcome applications from students with their own funding all year - please enquire by emailing for further information.

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.

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