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 is aimed at outstanding students who wish to pursue advanced research in Philosophy and 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. While many UK philosophy departments possess strength in analytic philosophy or continental philosophy, we are distinctive in having world-leading philosophers from both fields. 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.
We are keen to supervise doctoral research in any of these or related areas. In addition, individual members of staff have research expertise in and are able to supervise students who want to work on topics in linguistics and philosophy of language, metaphysics, aesthetics, philosophy of perception, and the philosophy of logic. This list is not exhaustive, however, and you are invited to explore the academic staff listing to identify a potential supervisor for your thesis.