You can expect to be made to feel at home in a department with a strong and supportive research culture.
Weekly research seminar
Involves both members of the department and outside speakers. In recent years this has included:
- Helen Beebee
- Jeff McMahan
- Antony Duff
- Katherine Hawley
- Brad Hooker
- Helen Yetter-Chappell
If you would like to come along to a research seminar to find out more about us contact our head of department Dr Neil Sinclair.
More details about upcoming and past speakers are on our department website.
Run by postgraduate students this allows you to present your ongoing research in a constructive and supportive atmosphere.
"As chair of the Postgraduate Research Seminar this year, it's been great to not only listen to my peers deliver their research, but to watch as their work constantly evolves and develops and on a weekly basis. The Postgraduate Research Seminar, and the friendly and inclusive environment we've created, is without doubt one of the best parts of doing my philosophy PhD at Nottingham." Taylor Matthews, PhD student
Open door policy
You are very welcome to drop in and discuss your current work with any available member of staff.
Workshops, conferences, and reading groups
These often run in the department, and postgraduate students are encouraged to participate. For current details see the Department of Philosophy website.
We actively encourage postgraduate students to be published in major journals. Recent postgrad articles have appeared in:
- Australasian Journal of Philosophy
- Philosophical Studies
- Oxford Studies in Metaphysics
A publication records equips you well for the philosophy job market. It also provides evidence of commitment and excellence for those considering career routes outside of academia.
If you are funded through the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership you will complete a portfolio of research training, devised in consultation with your supervisors and Head of Postgraduate Studies.
You can make full use of the Language Centre facilities for both research-specific learning and personal interest.
Researcher training and development
The Researcher Academy is the network for researchers, and staff who support them. We work together to promote a healthy research culture, to cultivate researcher excellence, and develop creative partnerships that enable researchers to flourish.
Postgraduate researchers at Nottingham have access to our online Members’ area, which includes a wealth of resources, access to training courses and award-winning postgraduate placements.
Our graduate centres are dedicated community spaces on campus for postgraduates.
Each space has areas for:
- computer work
- kitchen facilities
You will have access to a range of support services, including:
- academic and disability support
- childcare services
- counselling service
- faith support
- financial support
- mental health and wellbeing support
- visa and immigration advice
- welfare support
Our Students' Union represents all students. You can join the Postgraduate Students’ Network or contact the dedicated Postgraduate Officer.
There are also a range of support networks, including groups for:
- international students
- black and minority ethnic students
- students who identify as women
- students with disabilities
- LGBT+ students
SU Advice provides free, independent and confidential advice on issues such as accommodation, financial and academic difficulties.