Research course

The Emotions

Open University · Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) - MA (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The Philosophy discipline welcomes applications for graduate work on the emotions, spanning the fields of philosophy of mind, ethics and aesthetics, among others. Questions about the nature of emotions and emotional experience, about their relationships to other psychological states, and about their role and value in human life have been a focus of intense and illuminating debate in recent years. However, numerous questions remain to be explored.

Several members of the Philosophy Department have research interests in this area. Professor Derek Matravers published a monograph Art and Emotion (OUP, 1998) about the expression of emotion in literature, art and music, and he has continued to write on the topic. He also works on empathy, and has recently published a book, Empathy (Polity, 2017) on the topic. Emotion is Carolyn Price’s main research interest. She has published a range of articles concerning the nature and value of emotion, as well as particular emotions, such as grief and love. She has recently published a book Emotion (Polity, 2016); and she is currently co-editor of Emotion Researcher, an online sourcebook owned by ISRE (the International Society for Research on Emotion).

Research and research students are at the heart of the discipline. In joining us, you would join a lively and friendly graduate community. The discipline hosts papers by visiting speakers throughout the year, and an annual graduate conference at which students give papers on their work in progress.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
      full time
      36 months
      • MPhil
        full time
        15 months
          part time
          24 months

          Course contact details

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