About our programmes
Philosophy research at Hull covers an unusually rich variety of areas, ranging from Plato and Nietzsche, through to contemporary aesthetics, gender theory, philosophy of mind and body, moral philosophy and legal theory. In applied philosophy, focal areas include: ethics, education and health. Our interests span many traditions and diverse approaches to philosophical issues.
There are three levels of research degree offered in Philosophy at Hull: PhD, MPhil and MRes.
The MRes in Philosophy is an exciting, research-intensive postgraduate degree. It combines the benefits of a structured approach (normally provided by studying taught MA) with advanced research training and flexible choice of supervised topics (normally provided by studying a Research MA). The MRes is studied through:
- 60 credits are assessed by supervised modules (3 x 20 credits)
- 120 credits are assessed by dissertation (15,000-20,000 words)
The three supervised modules are:
- Philosophical Research Methods (Semester 1)
- Philosophical Theories and Texts (Semesters 1 & 2)
- Philosophy in Practice: Special Topics (Semester 2)
During these modules you will work in a small group, or with one-to-one supervision, to produce a personal portfolio of research essays. You will be encouraged to explore a wide range of methods and theories, but the topics and titles are tailored to meet your independent interests. It would be possible for you to choose a theme such as (e.g.) ‘Mind and Body’, ‘Art and Aesthetics’, 'Applied Ethics' or ‘Gender Theory’ to structure your course of study.
MPhil and PhD
The MPhil is ideal for those who want to work on a dissertation for a shorter period of time and who do not necessarily want to pursue a research career. The PhD is aimed at outstanding students who wish to pursue advanced research in Philosophy and ultimately to become professional researchers in, and teachers of, philosophy. Students produce a maximum 80, 000 word thesis that can provide the basis for professional publication.