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 in cross-disciplinary fields as well as fundamental traditions in Western thought.

Our PhD Programme

Our PhD programme (3 years full-time or 6 years part-time) revolves around a schedule of regular meetings with a primary and a secondary supervisor. It includes training in research methods through the Personal and Professional Development (PPD) programme, academic career development supported by a weekly postgraduate workshop where students present their own work and advice on wider career prospects. Progress through a PhD degree is marked by progressive milestones, notably a probationary review within 9 months from the start of the degree (18 months for part-time students) and annual progress reviews (APR's) on subsequent years.

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.

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 on probationary PhD status in the first instance, and will be upgraded to candidature for the PhD providing they show sufficient promise by the end of their first 9 months of research.

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

Research Themes

The Department has special strengths in the areas of Philosophy and Social Science, Metaphilosophy, Environmental Philosophy, Philosophy of Language and Linguistics, Experimental Philosophy, Wittgenstein, Ancient Philosophy and Ethics. We welcome applications on any topic relevant to our research (see our research pages and page for more information). We also encourage interested applicants to consult a list of suggested PhD projects, which are especially central to our current work.


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 as well as dedicated postgraduate study space. Postgraduate can take a relaxing break from work at the newly refurbished Scholars' Bar.

Fees and Studentships

You are invited to apply for PhD studentships to cover the fees for your doctoral Postgraduate Research. Two routes are possible (they are not in general exclusive): you may apply for one of the Faculty studentships (between 10 and 15, including about two International ones are offered every year) or for a CHASE AHRC studentship. CHASE is a Doctoral Training Partnership (including UEA as well as the Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, the Open University and the Univeristies of Essex, Kent and Sussex) that allocates among its members a number (about 70-75) of AHRC funded PhD studentships. In order to apply for CHASE funding you must get in touch with your prospective supervisor, secure her or his support for your project and submit an application through the online system at UEA (see link below) by 13 January 2016. You should also contact postgraduate admissions (see 'how to apply below') and request a login to the CHASE online system. Unfortunately, the CHASE studentships are only available to UK and EU citizens.

Enquiries and how to apply

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

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