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 and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Discipline Convener