Research course

Philosophy and Ethics

University of Gloucestershire · Faculty of Education, Humanities and Sciences

Entry requirements

  • MA by Research: you will need at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: you will need a Masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic

Months of entry


Course content

Complete a survey of existing knowledge in your selected area. In the case of a PhD, make an original contribution to knowledge. You might follow a research degree out of personal interest. However, it might be a step towards lecturing in higher education or progressing.Progress into an independent and detailed study of an area. Take your existing interests further, seeing where lines of thinking and argument lead, and working closely with your supervisors to develop higher-level philosophical research and writing skills.

Join a vibrant research community with an international reputation for its research, publications, research supervisions and presentations at academic conferences. Supervisory expertise covers a wide range of topics in areas such as ethics, continental philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, Islamic philosophy, and the philosophy of religion and aesthetics.Focus on the development of skills that you will find valuable whatever your chosen path in life. These skills include the ability to spot errors in reasoning, to analyse complex issues and arguments, and to think independently and creatively.

Nurture your appreciation of the complexity of different mentalities and social behaviours as well as a sensitivity to other traditions and beliefs. The team's underlying ethos is that philosophy is transformational, practical and is a living tradition of engagement with the wider world.We also offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research. Our system of using a supervisory team, as opposed to an individual supervisor, makes this mode of study particularly appropriate.

Qualification and course duration


full time
30-48 months
part time
48-72 months

Course contact details

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