Research in philosophy and ethics encourages an appreciation of the complexity of different mentalities and social behaviours, as well as a sensitivity to other traditions and beliefs.
You will develop skills valuable in your chosen path, including problem-solving, analysis of complex issues and arguments, and to think independently and creatively.
We will enable you to complete a survey of existing knowledge in your selected area. In the case of a PhD, you will also make an original contribution to knowledge. Many students follow a research degree out of personal interest. However, for some it is also an important step towards lecturing in higher education.
The opportunities in philosophy allow you to move into an independent and detailed study of a specific area. This means taking 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.
The School of Arts fosters a vibrant learning community. The staff have established an international reputation through their research, publications, research supervisions and presentations at academic conferences. Their 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. The team’s underlying ethos is that philosophy is transformational and practical, and is a living tradition of engagement with the wider world.
We offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research within humanities and also across the university. Our system of using a supervisory team, as opposed to an individual supervisor, makes this mode of study particularly appropriate.All students are required to take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their education as researchers.
This research contributes to the subject community Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies and the research priority area Being Human: Past, Present and Future.
- MA by Research: at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
- PhD: a masters degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
- EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent (currently on website – No IELTS information on this course)
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Dr. Paul Vare
Postgraduate Research Lead - School of Education
"Starting as a teacher in UK and Tanzania Paul soon switched to community-based environmental education firstly in Leicester and then Mount Elgon, Uganda. His career focused on international education and sustainability projects working for charities but with communities, large corporations and governments including the UN. Paul joined here in 2013 following his interest in teaching and research."
- Burch, Cathy and Vare, Paul (2019-07-30) Stepping up in modern foreign languages: professional development across the primary to secondary school transition. Language Learning Journal, 47 (4), pp.1-15. ISSN 0957-1736.
- Vare, Paul and Arro, Grete and de Hamer, Andre and Del Gobbo, Giovanna and de Vries, Gerben and Farioli, Francesca and Kadji-Beltran, Chrysanthi and Kangur, Mihkel and Mayer, Michela and Millican, Richard and Nijdam, Carlien and Réti, Monika and Zachariou, Aravella (2019-03-29) Devising a Competence-Based Training Program for Educators of Sustainable Development: Lessons Learned. Sustainability, 11 (7), pp.1890. ISSN 2071-1050.
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Excellent teaching staff
Staff have established an international reputation through their research, publications, research supervisions and presentations at academic conferences.
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.
Research within humanities
We offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research within humanities and also across the university.