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Research opportunities in the Department of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

About the Programme

Our Department is at the forefront of philosophy research. We have world-leading academic staff and strong research links with other universities. We are recognised internationally for our expertise across a wide range of areas that cross the analytical-continental divide.

Our programmes

We offer the following research degree programmes:

  • MPhil Philosophy
  • PhD Philosophy

Why us?

  • 96% of our research activity was judged to be of international quality by the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • We host regular Philosophy Colloquium events, with prominent national and international speakers, Royal Institute of Philosophy sponsored public lectures, and a variety of reading groups, workshops, symposia, and conferences.
  • We have longstanding links with the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield, including the White Rose Postgraduate Philosophy Forum, the White Rose Aesthetics Forum, and the Centre for History of Philosophy. We collaborate with Leeds and Durham via the (Sense) Perception in the North project. We also collaborate with Manchester and Sheffield via the Northern Phenomenology Network.
  • We have ongoing research relationships with universities in China, Italy, Germany, Norway and Iran.
  • We are a welcoming postgraduate and research community. We bring together exciting teaching and original research in an informal, friendly setting.
  • We are successful at securing major research grant funding from organisations such as the AHRC and the Leverhulme Trust, and we have postdoctoral fellows funded by Marie Curie and the MIND Association.

Research areas

  • Analytic aesthetics
  • Ancient philosophy
  • Early modern philosophy
  • Philosophy of language and logic
  • Philosophy of mind and psychology
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Metaphysics and epistemology
  • Contemporary practical and theoretical ethics

We offer you the chance to engage in the creation and interpretation of new philosophical knowledge and understanding through original research, in a supportive environment. Our postgraduates are integrated into all aspects of departmental activities such as research, teaching, seminars and conferences.


Check that your research interests align with the expertise of one of our staff. Once you've identified a potential supervisor, we suggest you contact them before applying to discuss your application and potential research areas.

Complete an application:

Contact us

+44 (0)1904 323251

Philosophy research degrees
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Funding for research degrees



Funding Notes

This programme is waiting to confirm funding from a university or external source. This may depend on attracting suitable students and applications are welcome. Please see the programme details for more information.

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