Vibrant international research community with strengths informing research degrees Vibrant international research community with strengths informing research degrees

We are a vibrant international research community with highly distinctive research strengths, including innovative, interdisciplinary fields (philosophy of the arts, philosophy of nature and the environment, philosophy of linguistics, metaphilosophy) as well as fundamental traditions in Western thought (Greek philosophy, Kant, the Wittgensteinian tradition). These strengths inform our postgraduate research degrees as well as our research-led Masters programmes.

Research degrees

The MPhil (2 years full-time or 4 years part-time) and PhD (3 years full-time or 6 years part-time) are supervised research degrees. Work on your thesis starts from day 1, supervised by a team of at least 2 faculty members. Training in research methods and career development is provided, including a weekly postgraduate workshop where students present their own work and discuss it with their peers. Careful milestones are set to monitor students' progress throughout the year.

Our lively international graduate community provides a stimulating intellectual environment for PhD work. The postgraduate community is fostered by regular conferences, a variety of reading groups and workshops as well as a guest speaker programme which attracts world-famous philosophers and up-and-coming researchers alike.

We run an innovative 1-year Masters of Research with an intensive 1-on-1 tutorial format, and the MA in Philosophy and Literature, offered in collaboration with the renowned School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. These Masters courses offer an ideal path into postgraduate research.

Entry requirements

Candidates should have completed (or be expecting to complete) a taught Masters degree that includes a research-training element, or a Masters degree by research, in philosophy (our Masters by Research is particularly suitable). They should normally be expecting to graduate from the Masters with a distinction (or with distinction in the dissertation element). Applicants are admitted for the MPhil in the first instance, and will be upgraded to candidature for the PhD providing they show sufficient promise by the end of their first year of research.

Besides prior qualifications, applicants will be assessed on the interest and suitability of their research proposal.

Research and supervision

We supervise a wide range of postgraduate research projects. More information about our research areas can be found on our research pages as well as on our page. We also welcome interdisciplinary research proposals.


We are housed in the Arts block at UEA, part of Sir Denys Lasdun's original design for this spectacular 320 acre campus. It is close to all the central University facilities and to the Sportspark. There is a brand new, well-equipped graduate centre, open to all graduate students in the Arts and Humanities Faculty, where dedicated desks and social facilities are available. The newly extended University Library has an excellent collection of philosophy books and journals built up over many years, and provides state of the art IT facilities, giving access to a range of on-line resources.


Fees for Postgraduate Research

Enquiries and how to apply

We welcome research enquiries from prospective students. Please contact individual academics or Dr Eugen Fischer, our Postgraduate Research Director, to discuss your proposal.

For admissions enquiries and general information contact the PGR Office:
Tel.: +44 (0)1603 591709;