Philosophical, Historical, and Interdisciplinary Studies

Research degrees

Questioning conventional wisdom, and creating new knowledge

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Laying the foundation for your future in research

Welcome home to our friendly, engaged, and interconnected scholarly community where you'll embrace the unfamiliar, and stimulate your hunger to explore as you lay the foundation for your future in research.

As a postgraduate research student in our School, you'll join a welcoming research community which is interdisciplinary at its heart, and have the opportunity to work alongside our internationally renowned experts who thrive on exploring, challenging, questioning, and pushing boundaries in their work.

Find out all the information you need on how to apply, and for any other general enquiries you have regarding postgraduate research study in our School, please email us at If you've found someone you'd like to supervise your PhD, please contact them directly via their staff profile to discuss research supervision opportunities before applying.


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Our research recognition
  • 7th in UK for impact in philosophy (Grade Point Average, Research Excellence Framework 2021)
  • 100% of our research environment is world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021)
  • 3rd in UK for research outputs in art history (Grade Point Average, Research Excellence Framework 2021)

Postgraduate Research Degrees

There are a number of research degrees available across three of our subject areas, and all are available for part-time study if you're hoping to have a more flexible postgraduate experience.

Find supervision from our renowned academics

Our experts are open to research supervision and have a variety of research interests which span many intellectually stimulating topics. We recommend browsing staff profiles to learn more about our staff's specific areas of research, and to explore supervision opportunities. You'll also find details on current postgraduate student supervision and details of recent and previous publications. If you'd like to search for a specific research opportunity, you'll need to enter your keywords on research finder.

Research Groups and Centres

The key themes of research in our School are visible through our overlapping research groups which we encourage you to join. Browse our areas of expertise below including our Research Centres which are home to global cutting-edge research.

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