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PhD Philosophy / Programme details

Year of entry: 2018

Programme description

Students write a thesis (approx. 70,000 words) that should make a contribution to philosophy. Supervision is provided by a team of experts in the students subject area.

Teaching and learning

Students meet regularly (on average, 1 hr every 2 weeks) with their supervisor. Each student has 2 supervisors. Twice a year, students have a review meeting which involves discussion of some of their work, submitted for the review panel, by their supervisors and a third member of staff. All students attend a non-assessed Research Seminar during term time, at which they present their research to their peers and staff.

Graduate Teaching Assistants in the School of Social Sciences are considered to be valued members of the teaching team. As such, we take pride in the opportunities provided for the professional development of graduate teaching assistants. Our training includes preparation for application to the Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. This brings a range of benefits as follows:

  • consolidates your personal development and emphasises your professional practice in HE
  • entitlement to use post-nominal letters - AFHEA
  • provides a valuable measure of success and is increasingly sought by employers across the education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion
  • recognised and valued by a growing number of international institutions

More information on the Associate Fellowship HEA

Or, contact Gillian Evans (, our School of Social Sciences Graduate Teaching Assistant Coordinator. 

Details on how to apply for a TA position will be available here in due course.

Coursework and assessment

Satisfactory evaluation of students work at supervisory boards is required for progress on the course.

What our students say

See the profiles of our current cohort of PhD students in Philosophy.


The Philosophy Discipline Area is based in the purpose built Arthur Lewis Building which allows 24/7 access and has an ample and well equipped study space for postgraduates.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: