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Studying here

Choose Southampton and you will become part of a strong postgraduate research and taught student community, work collaboratively with internationally-respected academics and be a part world-leading research as it happens. If you choose to study at Southampton you will gain access to state-of-the-art facilities, expert support services and a wide range of training and development opportunities.

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How to Apply

Find out more about the postgraduate application process.

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Discover our accommodation options and how you can apply.


For all up-to-date information on activities and events for all postgraduate students visit the Welcome website.


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Philosophy postgraduate studies

Philosophy has a large and vibrant postgraduate community, with over 20 students currently registered. We have a successful record in attracting postgraduate funding, and students may also apply to the postgraduate research coordinator for sums to fund research training and conference attendance. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in our research seminars, at which both eminent visiting speakers, our own staff and research students contribute to lively and informative discussions.

Supporting your studies

Our first-class postgraduate induction programme will help you work both safely and effectively from the outset. You will also benefit from one-to-one academic mentoring and support throughout your studies, either on one of our tutor led taught programmes or on research based postgraduate studies. Your tutor or supervisor will help you to draw up a personal development plan to make sure you are equipped for the challenges ahead.

Part of the research community
Research today is often driven by international collaborations, both formal and informal, and we aim to offer you the opportunity to travel during your PhD. Meeting academics from all over the world, through presenting your own work at national and international conferences, you will become part of a global research community.

Postgraduate support

At postgraduate level, Philosophy support and guidance is provided by the Director of Postgraduate Operations (see our staff pages for more information). You should feel free to approach the DPGO whenever you need help or advice. The DPSO can help students in seeking assistance from any of the services provided by the University.

Other academic staff
You may see less of your DPGO than of other members of staff who are more directly involved in teaching you. You may, in practice, find it more natural to turn to them for help with specific difficulties, and they will be glad to assist you in any way they can. All teaching staff hold regular 'office hours' during which students can drop in without an appointment.

Equality and Diversity

The Philosophy at Southampton is committed to creating a supportive, safe, and welcoming environment for all of its members, and especially for students and staff from groups that are currently under-represented in academic philosophy. Click here to find out more.

The city

Southampton is a thriving modern city, steeped in history and with a vibrant mix of recreation, culture and entertainment. Cinemas, sports facilities, internationally acclaimed arts venues and one of the UK’s top shopping centres – the city has something for everyone.

The city and surrounding areas offer a rich resource for the arts and humanities. Multiple arts venues both on and off campus, close proximity and easy travel to London and key research collections make the University of Southampton a thriving academic hub for arts and humanities subjects.

The uni-link bus service provides easy access to the city, the airport and coach and train stations. As well as excellent links to Europe via cross-channel ferries from Portsmouth and Poole, there are frequent flights to continental destinations from Southampton Airport and Bournemouth International Airport.


The Hartley Library houses the main collection of philosophy books (numbering around 11,000) as well as providing extensive electronic library resources.
Superb resources

The postgraduate community is small but lively, with a vigorous fortnightly MPhil/PhD research group which provides an opportunity to present work-in-progress to a critical but encouraging audience.

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