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 Education and Humanities 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.
Training in Research Methods
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.
- MA by Research/MRes: at least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
- PhD: we actively encourage applications from students from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
- 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
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Dr. William Large
Reader in Continental Philosophy
"I have taught philosophy for many years and in different universities. I hope I inspire my students today as I was inspired by my teachers in the past. I teach my students the rich history of Western philosophy, but also in applying this tradition to the world they live in. Our students are successful invidivudals and I believe that philosophy gives them to the confidence to suceed in life whatever they choose to do."
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.