Research course


Birmingham City University · School of English

Entry requirements

Students wishing to register for a PhD are normally expected to hold a Master's award in a relevant area. Applicants for MPhil will normally be required to have a first or second class honours degree. Those accepted for registration for MPhil may be allowed to apply for transfer to PhD registration at a later date subject to satisfactory research progress. Previous study in philosophy is not required but applicants without background in the subject will be assessed with respect to their likely success.

Months of entry


Course content

Philosophy has an interdisciplinary and applied orientation. It is embedded in other disciplines including architecture, built environment, criminology, education, English, law and media and involves academics from a range of schools and centres in the across the University. Research is conducted in the areas of aesthetics, epistemology (especially applied), history of analytic philosophy (particularly Wittgenstein), jurisprudence, philosophy of education, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind. Philosophy is led by the Professor of Philosophy, Mark Addis, who has an international reputation for his research.

Supervision is provided for students wishing to pursue research programmes for the awards of MPhil and PhD degrees in the field of philosophy. Students may undertake research either full-time or part-time. All students accepted for an MPhil/PhD programme are assigned to a Director of Studies and at least one second supervisor will also be appointed. The positioning of philosophy encourages research students to receive supervision from and interact with academics in more than one school or research centre. A strong emphasis is placed upon professional development to facilitate the transition from student to academic. All students have the opportunity to acquire a qualification to teach in higher education and are encouraged to teach.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
24 months


full time
36 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Shelley Fray
+44 (0)121 331 6714