Research course


University of Sussex · School of History and Philosophy

Entry requirements

MPhil in Philosophy : A Masters degree in philosophy or a related discipline. PhD in Philosophy : A Masters degree in philosophy or a related discipline.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

  • PhD in Philosophy
  • MPhil in Philosophy
  • The unique make-up of our Department allows for the supervision of a wide range of MPhil and PhD dissertation topics from within both the Anglo-American analytic tradition and the post-Kantian continental tradition, as well as on historical figures.

    Possible supervision topics include Adorno, aesthetics, Aristotle, beliefs, content, counterfactuals, Davidson, descriptions, ethical theory, externalism, fiction, film, forgiveness, Frege, German Idealism, Habermas, Hegel, Heidegger, Husserl, identity, imagination, Islamic philosophy, justification, Kant, knowledge, Kripke, Levinas, Lewis, literature and philosophy, McDowell, Marx, mental causation, Merleau-Ponty, music, Nietzsche, ontology, perception, phenomenology and deconstruction, photography, Plato, poetry, possible worlds, Quine, realism and anti-realism, reference, representation, Russell, Sartre, self-knowledge, singular thought, transcendental arguments, truth, and Wittgenstein.

    Recent thesis topics

    Adorno and Kant

    Consciousness and intrinsic physical properties

    Contingent identity

    Emotion, cognition and dynamics

    Ethics and politics in Plato

    Freedom and self-consciousness

    Hegel’s theory of subjectivity

    Intentionality, error and misrepresentation

    Language and meaning in Heidegger

    Marx’s philosophy of law

    Merleau-Ponty and the sensible

    Nietzsche and art

    Perfectionism and liberalism

    Russell’s theory of descriptions

    The nature of the self

    Theology in Aristotle’s Metaphysics

    Truth and realism

    Wittgenstein’s theory of the proposition

Department specialisms

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Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

There are a range of funding opportunities available for UK and non-UK students. Please visit the postgraduate study page where you can find out about funding for postgraduate study and about scholarships and bursaries:

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-72 months
full time
24-48 months


full time
12-36 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 873119