I studied philosophy at The University of Manchester between 2004 and 2012 (BA/MRes/PhD).
Since leaving Manchester, I've held postdoctoral positions in philosophy at the University of Cambridge and the University of Hamburg, where I work as a research associate on the SNF-funded project Grounding: Metaphysics, Science and Logic.
Manchester has a flourishing postgraduate community and a lively, supportive research atmosphere; it's a really great place for postgraduate work in philosophy. Students join a thriving community of philosophers and, by participating in weekly seminars, regularly contribute to the first-rate philosophical work that Manchester is known for.
I found the MRes course to be an excellent precursor to doctoral study, because it offers candidates the chance to work closely with faculty members on topics central to their own research. One gets a real sense of how it is to work collaboratively at the cutting edge of philosophical research.
As a doctoral student I was given, in addition to expert and excellent PhD supervision, many opportunities to develop skills that are crucial for pursuing an academic career: for instance, opportunities to teach undergraduate courses, present conference papers, and help organise academic conferences and workshops.