Find out about our postgraduate degree programmes in Philosophy.

We offer a thriving research culture, with postgraduates working solely in Philosophy or studying jointly with other units in the University (including Music, Modern Languages and the Culture Lab).

We welcome enquiries from postgraduate students who wish to pursue research degree in any of our areas of research expertise. We are often able to offer tutorial work for postgraduate students.

Our degree programmes

At postgraduate level, we offer two philosophy research degrees:

We also offer a Research Training PGCert.

Staff Research

Our staff offer expertise in most of the major areas of philosophy.

Research areas

These include:

  • continental philosophy (German idealism, existentialism, phenomenology, Frankfurt School, poststructuralism)
  • social and political philosophy
  • philosophy of science
  • epistemology
  • metaphysics
  • aesthetics (in particular the philosophy of literature and the philosophy of music)
  • ethics

Staff profiles

Find out more specific information about the research interests of our staff by checking individual staff profiles.


Find out about funding opportunities for philosophy.

Funding sources

Funding is available from:

  • research councils
  • Arts Council England
  • British Council
  • DTI

Funding programmes

You can also obtain funding from large research institutions which run programmes concerning the knowledge–human interface over a wide range of areas. Examples include:

  • The Wellcome Trust
  • NATO Research Fund
  • Erasmus and other European schemes such as European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture, eLearning Initiative


International students can also apply for University scholarships.

Fees and funding

More detailed information about fees and funding is available on our Postgraduate website.


A postgraduate qualification is highly desirable to a range of employers and adds a competitive edge to any applicant.

Postgraduate research develops key transferable skills and the MPhil in Philosophy encourages the learner to apply abstract theoretical thought to empirical reality.

To find out more about the careers our graduates can develop, check out the Prospects website.