Pursue innovative research with experts working at the cutting-edge of their fields. Staff specialisms cover most traditional areas of Philosophy, including analytic, continental and empirical approaches and an exciting range of growing sub specialties. We have particular strengths in ethics, epistemology, philosophy of mind and the intersections between these.

A three year (full-time) or five year (part-time) research degree programme for PhD and a one year (full-time) or two year (part-time) programme for MPhil students. Research is pursued in conjunction with a named research supervisor (or in some cases two supervisors). Researchers are expected to engage in a sustained project of study which springs from their own chosen topic of interest. With the assistance of feedback on written work from supervisors given in regular one to one meetings, students produce a thesis of up to 80,000 words (PhD) or 50,000 words (MPhil) in length.

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Offers the chance to pursue a sustained project of research at MPhil or doctoral level. The attainment of a research degree provides an entry to a variety of career paths, including a career in academia.

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  • Funding for attending conferences is offered to doctoral students.
  • There are also opportunities for PhD researchers to teach first year undergraduate students after the completion of an initial year’s study.
  • Regular seminar programmes are offered which introduce students to the research of experts in their field.
  • Training for the development of research skills and for teaching is also offered.
Ann Heilmann

Positioned at the interface of different traditions, methodologies, theoretical approaches, disciplines and practices, our pioneering research engenders challenging and fascinating questions for our staff and also, through our PhD supervision and research-led teaching, for our students at all levels.

Yr Athro Ann Heilmann, Professor

Ffeithiau allweddol

Math o astudiaeth Amser llawn, rhan amser
Cymhwyster PhD, MPhil
Hyd amser llawn PhD 3 years, MPhil 1 year
Hyd rhan-amser Opportunities available
Derbyniadau Ionawr, Ebrill, Hydref

Applications for MPhil/PhD research are especially welcome in any of the following areas of research:

  • Aesthetics
  • Deconstruction
  • Early analytic Philosophy (especially Frege and Wittgenstein)
  • Applied Ethics (especially Philosophy of Medicine and Medical Humanities)
  • Normative Ethics
  • Metaethics
  • Moral Psychology
  • History of Philosophy (especially British Empiricists, Rousseau, Kant, J.S.Mill, Marx, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre and Adorno)
  • The Interface between the European and Analytic Traditions in Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Feminism
  • Epistemology (especially Feminist epistemology)
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Mind (especially Consciousness and Perception)
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Social and Political Philosophy


The PhD is assessed by submission of a thesis of up to 80,000 words and a viva voce examination.

The MPhil is assessed by submission of a thesis of up to 50,000 words and a viva voce examination.

‘Positioned at the interface of different traditions, methodologies, theoretical approaches, disciplines and practices, our pioneering research engenders challenging and fascinating questions for our staff and, through our PhD supervision and research-led teaching also for our students at all levels.’Professor Alison Wray, Director of Research in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy

We welcome PhD applications in staff specialist areas, such as the following:

  • medical ethics
  • philosophy of sport
  • German critical theory
  • sociology and aesthetics of music
  • philosophy of perception
  • philosophy of psychology and neuroscience
  • philosophy of science
  • philosophy of biology
  • philosophy of science
  • modern continental philosophy
  • aesthetics
  • literary theory
  • normative ethics - especially anti-theory
  • philosophy of normativity
  • philosophy of risk
  • European philosophy
  • political theory
  • history of ideas
  • rationality
  • metaethics
  • ethics of belief
  • paradox
  • epistemology
  • feminism
  • philosophy of mind and language
  • Wittgenstein
  • moral psychology
  • existentialism
  • virtue ethics
  • Kantian ethics
  • applied ethics

Amgylchedd ymchwil

The School takes the training of research students very seriously, providing the facilities and supervisory guidance to help each student flourish intellectually and work productively. The School has a dedicated suite of PhD research rooms with excellent networked IT facilities. Each student has a travel budget and a contribution to photocopying costs, as well as free printing facilities.

We regularly check with students what training they need, and ensure that it is provided. Our PhD students can apply to get teaching experience with us, and our unique ‘Learning to Teach’ programme is accredited by the Higher Education Academy. The School holds a yearly conference to allow PhD students the opportunity to share work with their peers in a supportive and stimulating multi-disciplinary environment. The Arts and Social Studies Library is well-stocked with books and academic journals in all our subject areas, electronic resources, and specialist collections such as Cardiff Rare Books, a rich collection of over 14,000 items ranging from fifteenth-century incunabula to twentieth-century fine press books.

In a competitive jobs market, our students are encouraged and supported in building up the skills that will make them employable, whatever their career direction. We value the rich experience of our many overseas students, and actively attend to their specific needs in relation to their cultural context of study and the demands of writing elegantly in a second language.

Philosophy is one of the four principal areas of distinctive strength in the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Programme, of which we are a member. For more information see here.

Academic researcher; university lecturer; transferable skills allow for the development of career paths in any field which requires such skills as clear and logical thinking, the categorisation and critical analysis of data, the identification of beliefs underlying thought and action, ethical principles (e.g. concerning responsibilities and duties). Thus, graduates have potential for careers in teaching, management, librarianship, posts in civil service, journalism and other related fields.


For the full range of funding possibilities on offer, see our Postgraduate Funding Opportunities page.

There are currently no funding opportunities available.

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Suitable for graduates in Philosophy and closely related subjects. A First or upper Second class UK Honours degree, or equivalent is required. For non-native speakers of English, an IELTS overall score of 7.5 with at least 7.0 in each sub score is essential.

Applications for research degrees should be accompanied by a research proposal. This should include a draft title, rationale (the relevance and value of the research at this time), objectives, research questions and research methods. Applications for Philosophy should also include a 2,500 word admission essay on a Philosophical topic of your choice.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

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The School welcomes applications from students outside the United Kingdom. For non-native speakers of English, an IELTS overall score of 7.5 with at least 7.0 in each sub score is essential.

Darllenwch ein Gofynion Iaith Saesneg am ragor o wybodaeth.

To find out how to apply, please take a look at our guide to the postgraduate application process.

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The University has four entry points for research degrees; 1st October, 1st January, 1st April or 1st July


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