Research course


University of Dundee · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

Honours degree at 2.1 or above, or a Masters degree in Philosophy or a relevant discipline. For full entry requirements, please see website.

Months of entry

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

Course content

The Philosophy Programme offers both taught postgraduate courses and supervision for postgraduate degrees by research. We welcome applicants who already have an Honours degree in Philosophy, as well as those with backgrounds in related disciplines who wish to take up philosophy at an advanced level. We are also keen to support interdisciplinary work, particularly in Philosophy and the Arts.

If you wish to work in one of the following areas, we would be particularly interested in hearing from you:

European Philosophy: you would be joining a team of researchers - both staff and postgraduates - committed to exploring some of the most exciting developments in recent continental philosophy.

Specialisms include:

  • Phenomenology and Hermeneutics;
  • Postmodernism;
  • Feminist Philosophy;
  • Recent French Philosophy;
  • Philosophies of Affect and the Body,
  • as well as Nietzsche, Badiou, Bergson, Foucault, Gadamer, Henry, Irigaray, Deleuze, Laruelle, and Lyotard.

Recent Analytic Philosophy: you would be working with specialists whose own research regularly involves them in the international research community, and who have ongoing projects in Philosophy of Mind, and Philosophy of Science (including cognitive science and artificial intelligence).

History of Philosophy: you would become part of a research environment in which key texts from the History of Philosophy are seen as crucially informing and transforming contemporary debate. Current staff members are particularly interested in re-readings of work by: Spinoza, Leibniz, Kant and Hegel.

Philosophy and the Arts
: you would be joining a team whose teaching, research and conference activities promote interdisciplinary work exploring the relation between theory and practice, as well as between philosophy and the visual and literary arts, including film. Work in these areas is facilitated by our strong links with the English Programme and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art.

As a student in our School, you will be joining an active postgraduate community where students regularly participate in research seminars, reading groups and conferences. You will benefit from the expertise of an enthusiastic team of experienced supervisors and lecturers, as well as a high level of individual tuition and pastoral support. Postgraduate office space and computing facilities are available, and we encourage research students to gain teaching experience as seminar tutors for our undergraduate programme.

Postgraduates are encouraged to organise and participate in conferences and workshops within the School, and to attend and give papers at conferences elsewhere in the UK and abroad. School funding can be applied for to support these activities. Students have recently delivered conference papers at events in the UK and elsewhere in the world.

Department specialisms

European Philosophy Recent Analytic Philosophy History of Philosophy Philosophy and the Arts

Information for international students

Please visit our website.

Fees and funding

Current studentship vacancies can be found on our website. AHRC studentships available for UK & EU students.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Dr Dominic Smith
+44 (0)1382 384672