Research course

The Philosophy of Sport

Open University · Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

MA (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The Open University is one of the few places internationally that can offer supervisory expertise in the philosophy of sport and games within a philosophy department. Several members of staff have interests in this area; Professor Chappell has published on glory-seeking and sport, and both Dr. Barber and Dr. Cordell have interests in sporting role morality and other areas. Dr. Pike is Vice-Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association, and publishes on the philosophy of sport generally, doping and anti-doping ethics, naturalistic accounts of sport, and on Paralympic ethics. He regularly writes reviews for the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, and for Sports, Ethics and Philosophy. The leading postgraduate prize in this area – The Scott Kretchmar Prize of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport – has been won by a student from the department for the last two years.

The Philosophy discipline welcomes applications for graduate work in the philosophy of sports and games. 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
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

          Discipline Convener