Research course


Anglia Ruskin University · Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

MPhil: Candidates must hold a BA or equivalent in a related subject area. PhD: Candidates should normally hold an MA or equivalent in a related subject area.

Months of entry

January, September, June, April

Course content

Our PhD research programmes will allow you to explore your interests in philosophy, supported by the expertise of our staff.

You’ll be allocated two supervisors, with additional staff members available if necessary. Our supervisors are experienced in most areas of philosophy, including modern European philosophy, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, feminist philosophy, ancient philosophy, philosophy of art, philosophy of religion and ethics.

We’ll provide you with a rich and stimulating research environment with strong links to research networks in Anglia Ruskin and the wider community, including the University of Cambridge's Centre for Research into Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). Our department hosts the Labour History Research Unit (LHRU) and contributes to the Faculty’s other research groups, including the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER) and the StoryLab Research Institute.

We also host and take part in many research events, including regular Faculty and departmental research seminars, where you’ll be able to present your research in a safe and supportive setting. These events, along with our online environment, will help you connect with other research students from a range of disciplines.

All your subject-specific studies will be enhanced and supported by our University-wide training sessions, where you’ll gain important research expertise in areas like ethics, presentations, intellectual property and digital scholarship.

Department specialisms

phenomenology; psychoanalysis; ethics; feminist philosophy; weakness of will in Aristotle and Davidson; Adorno and aesthetics; Simone de Beauvoir and old age, modern European philosophy, especially Heidegger; ethics; philosophy of religion; history of philosophy, especially ancient philosophy; philosophical botany, zoology and anthropology; historical and contemporary ways of conceptualising plant movements; metaphysical realism; the concept of 'to kalon' in Aristotle, philosophy of mind; philosophy of cognitive science; philosophy of sociality and social cognition; intersubjectivity; epistemology; the philosophy of perception; attention and joint attention, collective intentionality and collective action; folk psychology; embodied theories of mind; developmental psychology; social cognition; the philosophy of P F Strawson.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
26 months
full time
24 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Anglia Ruskin Applicant Enquiries