Research course


University of Southampton · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

First-or upper second-class degree and normally masters at merit level, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University, in Philosophy or a cognate discipline.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The PhD gives you the opportunity to pursue a substantial, independent research project supervised by one of the leading lights in the field. With a graduate community of around 30 students, you will be part of an exciting and vibrant research culture. In addition to one-to-one supervisions, you will have the opportunity to present your work at the weekly postgraduate research seminar, led by a member of the philosophy department. You will also benefit from other exciting events, such as visiting speaker seminars, workshops, conferences and masterclasses.

It is also possible to study for a PhD at Southampton by distance learning. Periods of candidature are as for the traditional PhD programmes. However, the distance learning programme enables you to study away from Southampton, communicating with your spervisors via e-mail, telephone and Skype. While the programme is designed to allow flexibility for candidates not able to move full time to Southampton, we do expect some visits to the University for supervisory meeting, doctoral training sessions and events such as upgrades.

In recent years we have held grants on a variety of topics, most notably a €1.2+ million ERC grant on the metaphysics of persons, pregnancy and motherhood, as well as grants on repeatable artworks, Nietzsche, the nature of normativity, and more. We have hosted numerous major conferences, such as the British Society for Ethical theory annual conference, the British Postgraduate Philosophical Association annual conference, and the British Society for Aesthetics graduate conference. Students are encouraged to take part in the wider research community of the department.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
60-84 months
full time
24-48 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 23 8059 8062