Research course


Cardiff University · Cardiff School of English, Communication, and Philosophy

Entry requirements

See our website for details.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Students on the Philosophy research programme receive supervision from academic staff with a long-standing commitment to excellence and diversity in research, who work at the forefront of pioneering research that orients towards moral and political philosophy, philosophy of mind and psychology, and the intersections between these areas.

Within moral and political philosophy, we have expanded our concentration of expertise on Nietzsche. Work in applied ethics has continued in the area of health and been extended to include the ethics of sport and of biobanking and nutrigenomics.

Research in philosophy of mind and psychology has grown to include interdisciplinary publications on the nature of perception and critical analysis of the conceptual framework underpinning the science of consciousness.

  • The School has a dynamic interdisciplinary research culture with a variety of seminar series
  • The School offers a wide selection of research training opportunities, including a fortnightly PhD workshop and a weekly reading group
  • PhD students are encouraged to publish
  • The School has a dedicated suite for its research students with computing facilities, networked information and access to email and Internet
  • As from their second year, students have the opportunity for teaching on the School’s undergraduate degree programmes, and receive mentoring sessions from a full-time member of staff
  • The School makes funding available each year for PGR students who wish to attend conferences or undertake library archive visits that are related to their PhD studies
  • The School runs an annual conference that allows PhD students across disciplinary areas to share their work with their peers.

Department specialisms

We welcome applications in staff specialist areas, such as the following: medical ethics philosophy of sport German critical theory sociology and aesthetics of music philosophy of perception philosophy of psychology and neuroscience philosophy of science philosophy of biology philosophy of science modern continental philosophy aesthetics literary theory normative ethics - especially anti-theory philosophy of normativity philosophy of risk European philosophy political theory history of ideas rationality metaethics ethics of belief paradox epistemology feminism philosophy of mind and language Wittgenstein moral psychology existentialism virtue ethics Kantian ethics applied ethics.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent required.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
on offer months


part time
on offer months
full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

Offers knowledge and expertise to take you on to a role in Higher Education, or employment requiring high-level skills in research or advanced subject knowledge.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)29 2087 0084