The Department of Philosophy, part of the School of Humanities, offers a vibrant environment for study at postgraduate level. All of its staff are research active and publish regularly in the leading journals. Almost all areas of philosophy are studied, but we have particular strengths in metaphysics, mind and language, ethics, social and political philosophy, formal logic, and philosophy of science. There is also active research in other areas, including aesthetics, legal theory, and feminist philosophy.
Research programmes are delivered through one-to-one supervision with members of staff with expertise in the subject area. The school provides dedicated space for research students, including study areas and places for informal contact. There is a weekly departmental research seminar, which is open to all postgraduates and often hosts internationally famous philosophers. In addition, there is a separate weekly seminar for postgraduates to present their work. The Philosophy Society organises a range of other activities and the Graduate Centre offers a comprehensive range of research training courses.
The department hosts a variety of exciting research projects, both individual and collaborative, often in collaboration with staff in other universities and disciplines. Current and recent research projects include Ethics and Explanation (funded by the AHRC), Presentism, Non-truth-conditional Meaning, and Metaphysics and Science. For more information, see the Research pages of the department’s website.
- It is a centre of excellence in research and teaching and especially strong in the areas of metaphysics, mind and language, ethics, and political philosophy.
- The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) panel (2014) graded 69% of our research activity as being ‘world leading’, or ‘internationally excellent’, with the remainder all of a quality that is ‘recognised internationally’. In recent years the department has attracted several external funding awards, and a number of externally funded research projects are underway in the department.
- Funding opportunities are available for research in the department via studentships, scholarships, and other sources.