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Postgraduate research


Join our researchers working on the history of philosophy, aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, and language, logic and metaphysics.


In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) we were ranked 6th in the UK and joint 1st for the real world impact of our research

You'll have the opportunity to develop your own independent research project supported by your academic supervisor. In addition to these one-to-one supervisions, you'll present and discuss your work at a weekly postgraduate research seminar.

You'll also be able to develop your research and employability skills through our Skills Development Training Programme

As a department we run staff-postgraduate reading groups, visiting speaker seminars, workshops, conferences and masterclasses. We have hosted the British Society for Ethical Theory annual conference, the British Postgraduate Philosophical Association annual conference, the British Wittgenstein Society Annual Conference and the British Society for Aesthetics graduate conference. You'll be encouraged to take an active role in all of these events.

When you join as a postgraduate you'll become a member of our humanities graduate school. This provides additional help and support, connections to funding opportunities as well as student-led activities and social networking.

Career opportunities are wide ranging and varied. Your PhD is an excellent preparation for an academic career. The transferable skills you'll develop are valuable for a wide range of professions which include teaching, arts administration, journalism and local and national government administration.

Main areas of research

Our research is concentrated in the following areas:

  • history of philosophy
  • aesthetics
  • ethics
  • epistemology
  • language, logic and metaphysics.

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