Research course

Philosophy and Literature

University of Warwick · Department of Philosophy
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

Normally, candidates will have an MA in Philosophy and/or one of the Classical or Modern Literatures. Other candidates will be considered if suitable. Some prior study of Philosophy will need to be demonstrated. A sample of written work is generally required.

Months of entry


Course content

Since 1969, Warwick has pioneered interdisciplinary research and teaching in Philosophy and Literature. The Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature was established in 1985 and promotes a wide variety of interdisciplinary research activities, including a regular programme of lectures, conferences and international visitors.

The Philosophy and Literature degree is for candidates whose research projects combine philosophical and literary concerns. The combination can be achieved in a number of ways, as aspects of literature can be treated as topics of philosophical inquiry, or a more combined and interdisciplinary approach can be taken.

Department specialisms

The department has particular research strengths in Philosophy of Mind & Psychology, Epistemology, The Philosophy of Art and Literature, Moral and Political Philosophy, 20th Century Continental Philosophy, and Kant and 19th Century Post-Kantian Philosophy. Additionally, as a Philosophy and Literature candidate, you will be eligible for secondary supervision from English or Modern Languages in addition to your primary supervisor from Philosophy, if it is relevant to your particular research project. If you think this would be a good fit for your research, you should discuss the possibility with your potential Philosophy supervisor in the first instance.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) score

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, we ranked first in the UK for the quality of our research and fourth overall, with over 90% of the research published by our staff in books and journal articles over a six year period from 2008 assessed as being ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’.

Fees and funding

AHRC, Warwick Postgraduate Research Fellowships, ORS.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Rachel Harrington
024 761 50522