As a postgraduate research student in the Department of Philosophy at Reading, you will be part of a thriving and welcoming community. You will work alongside internationally renowned academics in our respected research department.
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Philosophy at the University of Reading offers intensive research-training degrees, complemented by rigorous supervision, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our culture encourages students and staff to learn from each other in a co-operative environment.
Our academics are active researchers whose current interests inform our PhD programmes. The Department's main areas of research are moral philosophy, philosophy of mind, cognitive science, philosophy of language, metaphysics, philosophy of science, and Wittgenstein. The Department is able to offer supervision in most areas of philosophy, including our staff's particular specialities.
WHAT WE OFFER
We offer flexible modes of study designed to fit with your needs. Our PhD is available for study on a full-time basis over 3-4 years and part-time over 4-6 years. Both full-time and part-time variants are available for study in Reading or working away.
Throughout your studies you will have opportunities to communicate your work and network with other researchers. Thursday is 'PhD day' which provides prime opportunities for you to present your work through the Graduate Research Seminar, the Graduate Class and the Graduate Reading Group. We also run a vibrant weekly visiting speaker programme that hosts renowned philosophers from around the world. The annual one-day Ratio Conference welcomes invited speakers on a different theme each year.
During your degree, we will provide you with training in research skills that will fully prepare you for a future career in the field of philosophy or beyond. Our training programme is delivered through departmental training sessions covering a variety of topics.
The Graduate School
All postgraduate research students automatically become members of the University-wide Graduate School. The Graduate School provides training, professional development, study space, advice and administrative support in a dedicated building for the postgraduate research community at Reading.
Our intensive research-training degrees prepare many of our students for careers as professional philosophers. Our Philosophy PhD alumni have been appointed to permanent academic posts at Edinburgh, York, Liverpool, Manchester Met, Leeds, Keele, Birmingham, Oxford, Reading, Birkbeck, Heythrop, Kent, Southampton, Oxford Brookes, and many universities abroad including Stockholm, La Trobe, Wollongong and Zhongshan University amongst others.
Some of our PhD students also choose to enter other professions, including law, business, and teaching in secondary schools.
We take pride in our placement record, and the Department as a whole offers students every assistance in their future career, whether towards the end of their studies or afterwards.
CENTRE FOR COGNITION RESEARCH
We are part of the Centre for Cognition Research (CCR) at Reading. This initiative aims to promote excellence in research concerning the understanding of human intelligence, through encouraging cross-disciplinary research collaborations. Our postgraduate students' research of relevant interdisciplinary issues are an integral part of the Centre.
Our staff are able to supervise students in nearly all areas of philosophy, but many of our staff have particular specialities:
- Aesthetics: Dr James Andow, Dr Severin Schroeder
- Epistemology: Dr James Andow, Professor Maximilian De Gaynesford, Dr Nat Hansen, Professor John Preston, Dr James Stazicker
- Moral Philosophy (including metaethics, normative ethics, and value theory): Dr James Andow, Dr Luke Elson, Professor Brad Hooker, Professor David Oderberg, Professor Philip Stratton-Lake
- Experimental Philosophy: Dr James Andow, Dr Nat Hansen
- History of Philosophy: Dr Nat Hansen (especially history of analytic), Professor John Preston (especially Wittgenstein), Dr Severin Schroeder (especially Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein)
- Metaphysics: Professor David Oderberg, Dr James Stazicker
- Philosophical Methodology: Dr James Andow
- Philosophy of Action: Dr Severin Schroeder
- Philosophy of Literature: Professor Maximilian De Gaynesford
- Philosophy of Language: Professor Emma Borg, Professor Maximilian De Gaynesford, Dr Nat Hansen
- Philosophy of Mind: Professor Emma Borg, Professor Maximilian De Gaynesford, Professor John Preston, Dr Severin Schroeder, Dr James Stazicker
- Philosophy of Psychology: Professor Emma Borg, Dr James Stazicker
- Philosophy of Religion: Professor David Oderberg
- Philosophy of Science: Professor John Preston
- Wittgenstein: Professor John Preston, Dr Severin Schroeder