Research course


University of East Anglia · School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies (PPL)

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MPhil or PhD programmes, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, and a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

RESEARCH - Study in a lively and stimulating centre for research that is large enough to find like-minded thinkers, and small enough for you to be a valued member of a seamless research team. We offer supervision in traditional core areas of philosophy as well as in emerging fresh fields, where we are at the forefront of exciting new research. The three-year PhD is structured with helpful milestones, assisting you to complete a successful thesis. It is also possible to enter for the shorter MPhil degree. The impact of our research in philosophy was rated eighth in the UK in the Times Higher Education REF2014 rankings.

STAFF RESEARCH INTERESTS - We offer a distinctive research environment, with an interdisciplinary outlook and a focus on methodological and meta-philosophical reflection. We are a leading centre for research on Wittgenstein. Research interests include: Philosophy of Language and Linguistics; Philosophy and Social Science; Environmental Philosophy; Metaphilosophy; Philosophy of Literature, Film and the Arts; Wittgenstein and the Wittgensteinian Tradition; Ancient Philosophy.

Much of our research integrates topical and historical research, and engages with influential contributions from all key periods of Western philosophy. You are welcome to discuss your research plans with academic staff. For contact details and research interests go to:

RESEARCH STUDENTS - Throughout your research you will work closely with one researcher. Your supervisory team will also include other academics with relevant interests. For interdisciplinary theses, these may come from other Schools. Our PhD students research widely across philosophy, often crossing boundaries to other subjects. Topics have included: Selfhood in Heidegger and Bakhtin, Kant’s Metaphysics, Philosophy of the Commons, Sartre and Wittgenstein, Plato, Philosophical Method and Psycho-Linguistics, Internalism in Linguistics and Philosophy of Language, and Iris Murdoch’s Ethics of Attention. We welcome co-tutelle applications for joint supervision with a supervisor in another European university.

RESEARCH EVENTS AND TRAINING - Benefit from a rich programme of frequent research events, from the Wittgenstein workshop and specialist reading groups on topics ranging from ancient philosophy to philosophy of mathematics, to regular seminars at which visiting academics deliver papers in all branches of philosophy. A highlight of the week is the postgraduate workshop, a friendly and supportive forum for developing embryonic ideas and testing polished work.

Information for international students

English entry requirement: Minimum IELTS overall score of 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in speaking, reading and listening and 7.0 in writing), or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Service
+44 (0) 1603 591 709