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Postgraduate research programmes

MPhil/PhD Research

We are committed to a new vision for philosophy beyond the institutionalised divide between analytic and ‘European/continental’ approaches. This means that we welcome people who wish to research in both traditions, as well as those who wish to do research which seeks to bridge the divide between them.

We are also very keen to encourage interdisciplinary research, in which philosophy is used to illuminate other subjects, and vice versa. We are particularly interested in this respect in research relating philosophy to the arts, and to politics and history.

Topics of current and recent postgraduate research include:

  • Responses to representation in Rorty and Deleuze
  • The phenomenology of displacement
  • The role of music and dance in Nietzsche’s theorization of novelty in the eternal return
  • Empiricism and the concealment of Earth
  • Essayistic forms of writing as a response to the sceptical problem in philosophy
  • Time and the self in Nietzsche, Bergson and Deleuze
  • The development of the concept of ‘lines of flight’ in the works of Deleuze and Guattari
  • The event in Marxist philosophy
  • The philosophy of immanence in Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault and Deleuze
  • Non-Linear conceptions of time and the understanding of modernity and identity
  • Reification, music and problems of modern philosophy
  • Plato’s account of memory
  • Epictetus and anger
  • Global Justice and Recognition Theory
  • The concept of pneuma in Stoic philosophy and its relation to physics, ethics and logic.  
  • God and textuality in Derrida’s later work.

We offer a broad range of expertise in many areas of philosophy and are always happy to discuss possible areas of research. At a time when analytical philosophers have realised how important Hegel, Heidegger, and others can be to their concerns, and European philosophers are seeking to connect their work to what is happening in the analytical tradition, we offer an exciting opening to the future of philosophy that seeks to be inclusive, rather than exclusive.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to make contact with members of the academic staff whose research interests are appropriate to their proposed areas of study.



Philosophy is part of the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, through which its PhDstudents have access to Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships. Royal Holloway also offers research student funding in the form of fee waivers and maintenance bursaries, the most prestigious of which, the Reid Awards, are equivalent to full AHRC funding.

Deadlines for funding are usually in late January of the academic year prior to entry. Consideration for all studentships require that applicants have been offered a place on the programme by the studentship application deadline. Decisions are usually made in April/May. The schedule for next year's application process is normally established in November, and will be posted when available.


MA by Research

The MA by Research in Philosophy offers students the opportunity to conduct independent research with the support of a supervisor, culminating in a 40,000 word dissertation.

Please follow the link for more details.



Our latest postgraduate brochure is here.


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