Research course


University of Nottingham · Department of Philosophy

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Entry requirements

MA with merit (or international equivalent) in philosophy or a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The department offers supervision for PhD students in a wide range of subject areas, reflecting the expertise of its academic staff.

The PhD course involves a minimum of two years full-time (four years part-time) directed research within the University, at the end of which students will produce a dissertation in their chosen area of research of normally about 80,000 words.

To give you some idea of the range of subjects that have been supervised at PhD level in the past, successful PhDs have had titles such as these:

  • Time, Truth, & Ontology: A Defence of Thisness Presentism
  • Private Worlds in Public Places
  • Talking Metaphors: Metaphors and the Philosophy of Language
  • Hume’s Naturalism and Scepticism
  • Making Sense of Reasons: Prospects for an Interpretivist Account of Practical Reasons

Areas in which dissertations are currently being written include metaethics, causation, modality, moral responsibility, the philosophy of action, and medical ethics.

In metaphysics, the department has particular strengths in the topics of identity, dispositions, causation, modality, essentialism, time, truthmaking, laws of nature, causation, free will and determinism.

In ethics, there is strength in normative theory (especially consequentialism) and metaethics (especially particularism).

In mind, there is particular interest in mental causation and personal identity.

In aesthetics, there is special expertise in philosophy of music.

In philosophy of language, there is expertise in indexicals, theory of reference, and speech acts.

Other areas of philosophy in which expert supervision can be offered are formal and philosophical logic, political and legal philosophy, and philosophy of science (including the philosophy of medicine). This list is not exhaustive.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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