Complete a survey of existing knowledge in your selected area. In the case of a PhD, make an original contribution to knowledge. You might follow a research degree out of personal interest. However, it might be a step towards lecturing in higher education or progressing.
Progress into an independent and detailed study of an area. Take your existing interests further, seeing where lines of thinking and argument lead, and working closely with your supervisors to develop higher-level philosophical research and writing skills.
Join a vibrant research community with an international reputation for its research, publications, research supervisions and presentations at academic conferences. Supervisory expertise covers a wide range of topics in areas such as ethics, continental philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, Islamic philosophy, and the philosophy of religion and aesthetics.
Focus on the development of skills that you will find valuable whatever your chosen path in life. These skills include the ability to spot errors in reasoning, to analyse complex issues and arguments, and to think independently and creatively.
Nurture your appreciation of the complexity of different mentalities and social behaviours as well as a sensitivity to other traditions and beliefs. The team's underlying ethos is that philosophy is transformational, practical and is a living tradition of engagement with the wider world.We also offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research. Our system of using a supervisory team, as opposed to an individual supervisor, makes this mode of study particularly appropriate.
- All research students who have not completed a relevant and recent Masters degree, or other appropriate research methods training, are required to complete two core modules of the Master of Research (MRes).
- MA by Research/MRes/MPhil: you will need at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
- PhD: you will need a Masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
- International students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent
See the further details of tuition fees when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Dr. Robin Griffiths
Postgraduate Research Lead for the School of Liberal and Performing Arts
"Robin’s research over the past twenty years has been funded by both the British Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is primarily concerned with queer debates around national identity, spectatorship and representation."
Develop advanced research skills with specialist training
Research students who have not already completed a relevant Masters degree or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training will benefit from the university's research methods training modules: Philosophy and Approaches to Research and Methodologies and Methods.
Develop advanced problem solving skills that employers want
Develop an approach to thinking and problem-solving that employers value, particularly when it comes to the most interesting and rewarding careers.
Learn within an underlying philosophy ethos
Philosophy, Religion and Ethics encourages an appreciation of the complexity of different mentalities and social behaviours, as well as a sensitivity to other traditions and beliefs. The team's underlying ethos is that philosophy is transformational, practical and is a living tradition of engagement with the wider world.