Research course

Philosophy and Ethics

University of Gloucestershire · School of Education and Humanities
PhDMA by research

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Entry requirements

  • MA by Research: you will need at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area.
  • PhD: we actively encourage applications from students from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement.
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent.

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

Research in philosophy and ethics encourages an appreciation of the complexity of different mentalities and social behaviours, as well as a sensitivity to other traditions and beliefs.

You will develop skills valuable in your chosen path, including problem-solving, analysis of complex issues and arguments, and to think independently and creatively.

We will enable you to complete a survey of existing knowledge in your selected area. In the case of a PhD, you will also make an original contribution to knowledge. Many students follow a research degree out of personal interest. However, for some it is also an important step towards lecturing in higher education.

The opportunities in philosophy allow you to move into an independent and detailed study of a specific area. This means taking 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.

Research environment

The School of Education and Humanities fosters a vibrant learning community. The staff have established an international reputation through their research, publications, research supervisions and presentations at academic conferences. Their 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. The team’s underlying ethos is that philosophy is transformational and practical, and is a living tradition of engagement with the wider world.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    30-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MA by research
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)3330 141414