Research course


Staffordshire University · Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

Masters level degree in philosophy or closely cognate subject. Also, we require an initial research proposal and an interview.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

We offer a doctoral program in philosophy, in both attendance and distance learning modes. The applicant's proposed area of research must match our expertise, which includes: Kant and his influence on subsequent European thought, Nietzsche, phenomenology, Heidegger, hermeneutics, aesthetics, political philosophy, French epistemology and philosphy of science, Foucault, Serres, philosophy of space or time. There is a modest taught requirement up-front, concerned with ensuring students understand the nature of doctoral research. After that, students work with a team of supervisors to research, write up and then defend an original thesis. Full time students typically finish in 36 months; part time in approximately 60. Students can commence their studies at any time of the year.

Distance learning means that study and supervisory contact occur by electronic means, wherever you are in the world. You will be asked to attend the University in person only at the very end, for the oral defense of your thesis.

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Department specialisms

Continental Philosophy.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-60 months
full time
36 months
distance learning
48-60 months

Course contact details

Professor Douglas Burnham
44 1782 294415