Research course

History of Philosophy

Open University · Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry


Course content

The Philosophy Department welcomes applications for graduate work in the history of philosophy; in particular, ancient philosophy, 19th- and 20th-century German philosophy, late-19th- and 20th-century French philosophy, and the history of philosophy of science. Research and research students are at the heart of the department. In joining us, you would join a lively and friendly graduate community. The department hosts papers by visiting speakers throughout the year, and an annual graduate conference at which students give papers on their work in progress.

Please consult the departmental website for details of applications for funded PhD places under the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts Southeast England (CHASE) scheme. Applications outside that scheme should be submitted early in March, with interviews held during April. Decisions will be made by 1st May.

Potential supervisors:

Department specialisms

Ancient philosophy 19th- and 20th-century German philosophy Late 19th- and 20th-century French philosophy The history of the philosophy of science

Fees and funding

For detailed information on current fees visit: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
48 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Professor Sophie Grace Chappell
+44 (0)1908 659214