Thinking about postgraduate study/research in philosophy?

We are recruiting for Masters, MPhil and PhD programmes.

Keele has a strong and vibrant postgraduate research community of full and part-time postgraduate students in a broad range of Humanities and Social Science disciplines. Postgraduate students in philosophy have the opportunity to share their work in progress with other philosophy postgraduates at our philosophy research seminar, providing valuable feedback in a friendly and constructive environment. There are also frequent visiting lecturers via conferences and workshops organised by the department or as part of the Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture series. Supervisions are shared when a student's research interests coincide with different members of staff and every research student has both a primary and secondary supervisor.


This is a combined taught and research degree in Philosophy, which will teach you how to successfully undertake research on philosophical topics of your interest. Apart from providing Master-level training in philosophy, the course also guides you practically to develop your research skills and abilities. The course can be taken as an excellent foundation for doctoral (PhD) work, but also as part of personal or professional development. Modules are team-taught by various staff on the programme, which will expose you to different views on the nature of philosophical inquiry and will give you access to expertise in all main areas of philosophy.

PhD, MPhil

Keele offers three different postgraduate research degrees, in a small, friendly and research-intensive environment where everybody knows each other, and postgraduate students can talk to staff whenever they want. Facilities are good, the rural environment of Keele campus is highly conducive to concentration and focus, and the research of our staff is at the cutting-edge in some of the most fascinating areas of contemporary philosophy.

Why choose Keele?

We have research strengths in all the main areas of philosophy, with particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Kantian philosophy
  • philosophy of mind and consciousness
  • philosophy of action
  • metaphysics
  • history of philosophy
  • philosophy of science
  • pragmatism
  • environmental philosophy
  • metaphilosophy and metametaphysics
  • political philosophy
  • moral philosophy
  • philosophy and technology
  • the meaning of life
  • the work of specific philosophers including Rorty, Collingwood, Kant, Schopenhauer, Anne Conway, Quine, Davidson...

Philosophy at Keele is a member of the AHRC Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership with Manchester University, Lancaster University, University of Liverpool and Manchester Metropolitan University, giving our postgraduate students the benefit of expertise from across the region. For AHRC studentships, joint supervision between Keele and one of the other members of the Consortium is also possible.

Postgraduate Funding Opportunities

As well as nationally available AHRC funding, Keele also funds its own studentships or co-funds studentships with other external funding bodies. A full studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend at RCUK rate plus tuition fee. In addition, Keele graduates may be eligible for a reduction in tuition fees.

Which course should you choose?

We offer a taught MRes in philosophy, and research-based one year MPhil or three year PhD. You can also study for a research degree part-time.

The MRes includes a substantial research training component. It is specifically designed to provide students with the skills necessary to pursue further research after their Masters, either in an MPhil or PhD, or in employment where research skills are particularly important. All our postgraduate students are offered additional workshops and courses to improve study skills, research planning and academic writing in order to best prepare them for a career in academia or elsewhere. Many postgraduate research students are given the opportunity to teach undergraduates and training for additional teaching qualifications is provided.

How do you apply?

Applicants are advised to get in touch with us by contacting Professor Sorin Baiasu or their prospective supervisor. For further information about supervisors, see the philosophers on our people page: Sophie Allen, Sorin Baiasu, Giuseppina D’Oro, Jonathan Head, and James Tartaglia.

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