Research course

Philosophy

Institution
University of Nottingham · Department of Philosophy
Qualifications
MPhilPhDMA by research

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry

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

Course content

The Department offers supervision for PhD students in a wide range of subject areas. There is a concentration of staff with research interests in metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics and philosophy of language.

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 the student 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 subject matter that has been supervised at PhD level in the past, successful PhDs have had titles like:

Mind-Bending: Probing the terra incognita between the physical and the phenomenal
Private Worlds in Public Places
The Subjectivity of Secondary Properties and Sensations
Hume's Naturalism and Scepticism
Current areas in which dissertations are being written include aesthetics, philosophy of language, shared emotions in music, and philosophy of mind.

In metaphysics there is particular strength in the topics of identity, dispositions, modality, essentialism, time, truthmaking, laws of nature, causation, free will and determinisim.

In mind, there is particular interest in the theory-theory/simulation debate, imagination, mental causation, personal identity and consciousness and self-consciousness.

In aesthetics there is strength in philosophy of fiction, philosophy of film and 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, philosophy of science, and political philosophy - this list is not exhaustive!The Department offers supervision for PhD students in a wide range of subject areas. There is a concentration of staff with research interests in metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics and philosophy of language.

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 the student 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 subject matter that has been supervised at PhD level in the past, successful PhDs have had titles like:

Mind-Bending: Probing the terra incognita between the physical and the phenomenal
Private Worlds in Public Places
The Subjectivity of Secondary Properties and Sensations
Hume's Naturalism and Scepticism
Current areas in which dissertations are being written include aesthetics, philosophy of language, shared emotions in music, and philosophy of mind.

In metaphysics there is particular strength in the topics of identity, dispositions, modality, essentialism, time, truthmaking, laws of nature, causation, free will and determinisim.

In mind, there is particular interest in the theory-theory/simulation debate, imagination, mental causation, personal identity and consciousness and self-consciousness.

In aesthetics there is strength in philosophy of fiction, philosophy of film and 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, philosophy of science, and political philosophy - this list is not exhaustive!

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Department specialisms

Metaphysics (identity, dispositions, essentialism, laws of nature and causation); Mind (theory-theory/simulation debate, imagination, mental causation, personal identity, consciousness and self-consciousness); Aesthetics (philosophy of fiction, film, music); Language (indexicals, theory of reference and speech acts); philosophy of science; philosophy of mind; philosophical logic; philosophy of law; political philosophy.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the Department of Philosophy web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration

MPhil

part time
48 months
full time
24 months

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions Officer
Email
philosophy-enquires@nottingham.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 115 951 5646