Research course


Newcastle University · School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a humanities or social science subject.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Philosophy is about critically thinking through the assumptions of the age. Our programmes are delivered by staff with strong research profiles in modern European philosophy and an interest in interdisciplinary research and collaboration. We have a thriving research culture, with postgraduates working in philosophy or with colleagues in other disciplines.

Our lecturers have broad philosophical interests and specialise in modern European thought.

You can choose between standard academic dissertations or the more flexible context-based learning approach. Your personal interest will drive your context based learning. You will engage philosophically with an object or aspect of reality. You can read more about this approach on the Philosophical Studies web page.

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Department specialisms

Continental philosophy and the history of European idea: Vico; post-Kantian thought (including Hegel and German idealism); Kierkegaard; Nietzsche; Phenomenology; Hermeneutics; Psychoanalysis; Bataille; Frankfurt School; the Situationists; Poststructuralism (including Deleuze, Foucault and Derrida); Posthumanism; Postmodernism (including Vattimo) Aesthetics: philosophy and the arts; philosophy of music; philosophy and contemporary art; philosophy and literature (particularly Blanchot) Ethics: theopretical, applied and social ethics Social and political philosophy Philosophy and religion

Information for international students

If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5.

Fees and funding

See our programme fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Julie Coomber, Philosophical Studies Secretary, Philosophical Studies
+44 (0) 191 208 7302