Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Philosophy research degrees

Postgraduate - Research

MRes PhD

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About our programmes

Philosophy research at Hull covers an unusually rich variety of areas, ranging from Plato and Nietzsche, through to contemporary aesthetics, gender theory, philosophy of mind and body, moral philosophy and legal theory. In applied philosophy, focal areas include: ethics, education and health. Our interests span many traditions and diverse approaches to philosophical issues.

There are three levels of research degree offered in Philosophy at Hull: PhD, MPhil and MRes.


The MRes in Philosophy is an exciting, research-intensive postgraduate degree. It combines the benefits of a structured approach (normally provided by studying taught MA) with advanced research training and flexible choice of supervised topics (normally provided by studying a Research MA). The MRes is studied through:

  • 60 credits are assessed by supervised modules (3 x 20 credits)
  • 120 credits are assessed by dissertation (15,000-20,000 words)

The three supervised modules are:

  • Philosophical Research Methods (Semester 1)
  • Philosophical Theories and Texts (Semesters 1 & 2)
  • Philosophy in Practice: Special Topics (Semester 2)

During these modules you will work in a small group, or with one-to-one supervision, to produce a personal portfolio of research essays. You will be encouraged to explore a wide range of methods and theories, but the topics and titles are tailored to meet your independent interests. It would be possible for you to choose a theme such as (e.g.) ‘Mind and Body’, ‘Art and Aesthetics’, 'Applied Ethics' or ‘Gender Theory’ to structure your course of study.


The PhD is aimed at outstanding students who wish to pursue advanced research in Philosophy and ultimately to become professional researchers in, and teachers of, philosophy. Students produce a maximum 80, 000 word thesis that can provide the basis for professional publication.


Open for admission in 2018/19

Full time Part time
MRes 1 year 2 years
PhD 4 years 7 years

Start in January, June or September


Please see our Philosophy staff and their research interests below:

Stephen Burwood (Wittgenstein, Philosophy of Mind and Body, Environmental Philosophy, Philosophy of Education)

Stella Gonzàlez-Arnal (Gender Theory, Feminist Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science)

Antony Hatzistavrou (Ancient Philosophy, Legal and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Action)

Demian Whiting (Philosophy of Mind, Medical Ethics)

Wayne Williams (Animal Ethics, Metaethics, Applied Philosophy)

Dawn Wilson (Art and Aesthetics, Philosophy of Images, Philosophy of Photography, Wittgenstein, History of 20th Century Philosophy) 

Nick Zangwill (Aesthetics, Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Epistemology)

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £4,260 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,130 (part-time)
  • International: £14,000 (full-time)

Please note, fees for International applicants for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all research degree programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree of 2:1 or above or equivalent in philosophy or a related subject.

PhD applicants are expected to have some prior research training at postgraduate level or equivalent; a clear idea of the field in which they wish to work; and to be capable of writing a two or three-page proposal setting out their research questions, the reasons they wish to undertake the research and a general indication of the theoretical background and approach.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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