Your PhD Programme

Your PhD Programme

At the forefront of Philosophy

We have developed a comprehensive programme to help you get the most from your time at the University.

Supervision and support

You would be supervised by two specialist members of staff, the second of whom can be from another department where your topic spans disciplines.

We embed our postgraduate research students into our research groups so there will always be expert advice and support available informally.

Additionally we schedule regular formal review meetings, where our students can discuss their experiences, performance, plans and targets.

Training & development

Included in your PhD programme are some excellent training & development opportunities. These include:-

  • Formal induction at School and departmental levels
  • Training in topics such as research skills, research bid writing, project management and how to publish your work
  • Courses biased towards Arts and Humanities and / or Social Science-based projects, according to your area of research and prior learning and experience. Examples include:
    • Effective information Management for Arts and Humanities
    • Effective Information Management for Social Science Research
  • Annual presentation of your work at the Philosophy Departmental Graduate Conference
  • Our Philosophy Research students also regularly assist in the organisation of conferences, workshops and other events with external speakers, for example the Philosophy in the City Festival.

Full-time or part-time study

We offer full-time programmes of up to 4 years, as well as part-time options of up to 6 years for people wishing to balance study with other obligations.

Our research students are offered training in seminar teaching and assessment, and they regularly assist in the teaching of undergraduate students and the marking of their work. They also offer lectures and courses as part of the University’s Continuing Education programme.