Major Research Areas

We are able to supervise in the following areas:

  • Metaphysics; philosophy of science; theories of truth Jamin Asay
  • Indian philosophy; Buddhist philosophy; philosophy of mind Amit Chaturvedi
  • Political philosophy; history and philosophy of science Alexandra Cook
  • Philosophical methodology; philosophy of language; philosophy of mind Max Deutsch
  • Chinese philosophy; comparative philosophy Chris Fraser
  • Philosophy of mind; philosophy of cognitive science Joe Lau
  • Ethical theory; formal epistemology; philosophy of probability David McCarthy
  • Metaphilosophy; experimental philosophy; epistemology Jennifer Nado
  • Departmental Requirements

    Potential supervisors

    Interested applicants should contact relevant potential supervisors well in advance of formal application to discuss the suitability of their proposals.

    Research Proposal

    The research proposal is an important part of the application, though postgraduates often find that their research focus changes quite substantially during their degree. The research proposal therefore does not commit an applicant to a particular topic, but is used by us to help determine whether the applicant has reached the required standard to pursue a postgraduate research degree.

    MPhil

    • The research proposal for the MPhil should be 3-4 pages double-spaced. It should set out the field you want to work in (e.g., political philosophy), the specific topic you intend to pursue in it (e.g., global justice), and why you consider the topic interesting and significant. A good proposal will show that the applicant has some acquaintance with the essential literature on the topic and has some sense of what the interesting questions are and where research on them might lead. You should attach a brief bibliography (1 page double-spaced).

    Ph.D.

    • The research proposal for the Ph.D. should be 4-5 pages double-spaced. It should set out the field you want to work in, the specific topic you intend to pursue in it, and why the topic is significant and promises original research. A good proposal will show that the applicant has extensive up-to-date knowledge of research on the topic, is well acquainted with the essential literature in the field, and has a clear sense of what the interesting questions are and where research on them might lead. You should attach a brief bibliography (2 pages double-spaced).