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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 an international research community with research strengths in the following areas:

Philosophy of Language and Mind: In the philosophy of language, we have a distinctive interest in the connections between traditional philosophical concerns, such as the relation between language and thought, and recent developments within linguistics and psycholinguistics. We welcome both traditional projects in philosophy of language and mind and interdisciplinary approaches connected with linguistics and psycholinguistics.

Experimental Philosophy: We work on and welcome projects within two main areas. On the one hand, we are interested in the role of intuitions in philosophy and related disciplines (e.g. linguistics), addressing key questions on the nature of intuitions, their use as evidence by philosophers and the reliability of such use. On the other hand, we explore methodological questions revolving around the use of empirical methods and findings for philosophical purposes and practicing philosophy as a science. UEA pioneers the use of methods from psycholinguistics and the digital humanities in experimental philosophy, with applications to epistemology and ethics.

Environmental Philosophy: 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.

Wittgenstein: We welcome research on all aspects of Wittgenstein's work, from a variety of different interpretational approaches, ranging from historical-exegetical scholarship to the philosophical deployment of Wittgensteinian ideas and approaches in contemporary debates.

We also have a distinctive expertise in Ancient Philosophy (especially Plato), Continental Philosophy (especially Nietzsche and Heidegger) and in the Philosophy of Mathematical Practice (questions revolving around mathematical explanation and the application of mathematics).
See our research page and our page for more information.


The deadline for these studentships has now passed.

A number of funded and self-funded PhD projects are offered throughout the academic year. Further projects will be advertised in due course.

We welcome applications from students with their own funding all year - please enquire 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. 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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