PhD
4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018

Philosophy

Unlike most other UK Philosophy departments, we offer supervision across a wide range of topics and traditions, including both Anglo-American analytic and post-Kantian continental philosophy.

You’ll work with academics who are experts at the forefront of their subjects. Our research expertise includes:

  • the thought of important figures such as Aristotle, Plato, Kant, Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Wittgenstein, Habermas, Frege, David Lewis, John Rawls and Tyler Burge
  • mind, language, epistemology and logic
  • aesthetics, including the philosophy of fiction and literature
  • phenomenology and existentialism
  • political philosophy.

Full-time and part-time study

You can choose to work on your research full time or part time. For details about part-time study, contact us.

PhD or MPhil?

You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.

  • An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
  • A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.

If you choose an MPhil, you might be able to change to a PhD during the course of your studies.

How to apply

If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:

Find out how to apply for a PhD at Sussex

Faculty

Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.

  • Faculty profiles

    Dr Corine Besson
    Lecturer In Philosophy
    C.Besson@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Epistemology, History of Analytic Philosophy, Language & Philosophical Logic

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    Dr Anthony Booth
    Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
    A.R.Booth@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Applied Philosophy, Epistemic Normativity, Epistemology, Ethics, Ethics of Belief, Gettier Cases, Islamic Epistemology, Philosophy Of Mind

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    Dr Andrew Chitty
    Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
    A.E.Chitty@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Collective action, collective intentionality, constructivism in ethics, Ethics, Fichte, Hegel, Marxism, Philosophy, Political Philosophy, political theory, recognition theory

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    Dr Ron Chrisley
    Reader in Philosophy
    R.L.Chrisley@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Artificial Intelligence, Cognition, Cognitive Science, Consciousness, Language & Philosophical Logic, Logic, Philosophy, Philosophy Of Mind, Philosophy of Science & Mathematics, & Mathematical Logic, Robotics

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    Dr Paul Davies
    Reader in Philosophy
    P.Davies@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Aesthetics, Philosophy Of Religion

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    Dr Katerina Deligiorgi
    Reader in Philosophy
    K.Deligiorgi@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Aesthetics, Autonomy, Ethics, Free agency, Hegel, Kant, metaethics, norms, Philosophy, reasons, values

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    Dr Gordon Finlayson
    Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
    J.G.Finlayson@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Critical Theory, German Philosophy, Habermas, Hegel, History Of Philosophy, Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy

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    Prof Michael Morris
    Professor of Philosophy
    M.R.Morris@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Aesthetics, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, Plato, Wittgenstein

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    Dr Mahon O'Brien
    Lecturer in Philosophy
    Mahon.O-Brien@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Existentialism, Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, Philosophy

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    Dr Sarah Sawyer
    Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
    S.A.Sawyer@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Anti-individualism, Content, Empty Names, Entitlement, Epistemology, Externalism, Fiction, Individualism, Internalism, Language & Philosophical Logic, Metaphysics, Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy Of Mind, Warrant

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    Dr Tanja Staehler
    Reader In Philosophy
    T.Staehler@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Affects, Birth, Continental Aesthetics, Corporeality, Deconstruction, Derrida, Existentialism, Hegel, Heidegger, Husserl, Levinas, Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Culture, Philosophy of Dance, Philosophy of History, Plato, Pregnancy

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    Dr Kathleen Stock
    Reader In Philosophy
    K.M.Stock@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Aesthetics, Fiction, Imagination, Interpretation, Philosophy, Philosophy of art, Sexual objectification

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Entry requirements

A Masters degree in philosophy or a related discipline.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Scholarships and fees

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters Loan

MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Alfred Bader Scholarship Programme - PhD Scholarship in Modern Jewish History and Culture (2017)

3-year PhD scholarship - UK/EU tuition fees (non EU students will need to fund the difference in fees), as well as a maintenance payment.

Application deadline:

3 May 2017

Find out more about the Alfred Bader Scholarship Programme - PhD Scholarship in Modern Jewish History and Culture

Asa Briggs PhD Scholarship (3 year) (2017)

This scholarship celebrates the key role in the foundation of Sussex by Lord Asa Briggs.

Application deadline:

2 May 2017

Find out more about the Asa Briggs PhD Scholarship (3 year)

Collaborative Doctoral Project Studentship- Sussex University and the British Library: American Political Pamphlets 1920-1945 (2017)

The University of Sussex and the British Library intend to make a PhD studentship appointment under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme

Application deadline:

1 June 2017

Find out more about the Collaborative Doctoral Project Studentship- Sussex University and the British Library: American Political Pamphlets 1920-1945

Commonwealth Scholarship (2017)

Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries.

Application deadline:

29 March 2017

Find out more about the Commonwealth Scholarship

Dr John Birch Music Scholarship (2017)

Four scholarships of £800 to reward talented musicians and encourage music performance whilst studying at Sussex.

Application deadline:

19 May 2017

Find out more about the Dr John Birch Music Scholarship

Einhorn Oestreicher MPhil Scholarship (2017)

A £10,000 scholarship for students of any nationality wishing to pursue MPhil research in Resistance Studies commencing full-time in September 2017

Application deadline:

31 May 2017

Find out more about the Einhorn Oestreicher MPhil Scholarship

Part-time work

We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.

Find out more about careers and employability

How much does it cost?

Fees for self-funding students

Home: £4,195 per year

EU: £4,195 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.


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