Research course


Open University · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or masters degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Research is at the heart of the Philosophy discipline at the OU. Our full-time members of staff are all active researchers, specialising in a range of subjects across the disciplines. Staff regularly work with and consult for other institutions and multimedia broadcasters, particularly concerning value, reasons and norms (metaphysics and mind), and the history of philosophy (particularly the post-Kantian European philosophy.

Recently, members of the discipline have conducted research on a diverse range of topics, including Helene Metzger (a French philosopher of Chemistry); how our roles link to our responsibilities; ‘epiphanies’ (instant moments of insight); drug-taking in sport; the philosophy of Nietzsche; the fate of cultural heritage in war zones; and ‘engineering’ our concepts so as to help us think more clearly.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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