Research course

Philosophy and Literature

University of Warwick · Department of Philosophy
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

A Masters level degree in Philosophy or a Masters degree with a significant Philosophy component.

Months of entry


Course content

PhD degrees typically last between 3 and 4 years, depending on the route into the PhD; see the routes to PhD and course structure pages for more details. The PhD in Philosophy and Literature is aimed at outstanding students who wish to pursue advanced research ultimately to become professional researchers in, and teachers of, philosophy. As a PhD student, you will produce a maximum 80,000 word thesis that can provide the basis for professional publication.

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. Ideally candidates will have an MA degree in Philosophy as well as training in literary studies.

While many UK philosophy departments possess strength in analytic philosophy or continental philosophy, we are distinctive in having world-leading philosophers from both fields. You are invited to explore the academic staff listing to see which topic areas are covered and identify a potential supervisor for your thesis. 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.

Fees and funding

UK students
Estimated 2018/19 fee: £4,270
International students
Estimated 2018/19 fee: £17,050

There are many funding opportunities for doctoral students at the University of Warwick. For more information, please visit:

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

Further details of qualification

Joint supervision of Philosophy and Literature theses where required. Specialist language courses in French, German and Ancient Greek are also offered.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Office
+44 (0)24 7615 0522