University of Essex

University of Essex


Supervision is offered in a number of fields: Applied ethics, continental philosophy, history of philosophy, and social and political philosophy; we have an established international reputation and a strong tradition of postgraduate education, particularly in the specialist area of continental philosophy and in the emerging middle-ground between continental and analytic philosophy; moral and political philosophy is another notable area of research concentration; philosophers with a PhD from Essex now teach at many UK universities, including: Bolton, Manchester Metropolitan, Keele, Reading, Sussex, and Oxford, and also at numerous institutions abroad.

Entry requirements

Potential research students are welcome to make preliminary enquiries directly to a potential supervisor within our School of Health and Human Sciences or, more generally, through our Graduate Administrator. We encourage the consideration of a brief research proposal prior to the submission of a full application. If English is not your 1st language, then we will require you to have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Dissertation: MA philosophy; art, politics and ethics: contemporary art and social responsibility; contemporary French philosophy; contemporary theories of justice; democracy, citizenship and constitutions; ethics, politics and public policy: ma seminar; foundations of economic, social and cultural rights; Hegel; Heidegger; human rights and development; human rights and political theory; human rights for women; ideology and political discourse; international environmental politics; international trade and human rights; interpretation of myth; issues in film theory and history; Kant�s revolution in philosophy; Kierkegaard; ma writing workshop; myth and modernism; philosophy and psychoanalysis; philosophy, political theory and the European union; political economy; political theory; problems of global justice; research seminar in political theory and methods; rule and resistance: political themes in literature and film; society and the environment: the global challenge; the Frankfurt school and contemporary critical theory; the hero, the genius and the divine: concepts of creation from the renaissance to the nineteenth century; the new nature writing; the protection of refugees and displaced persons in international law; theories of international relations; theory and explanation in political science; topics in continental philosophy; transitional justice.

Assessment methods

Combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, students work on a dissertation or individual project included in their final grade.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA (Res) Full-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA (Res) Full-time £ 12,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MPhil Full-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MPhil Full-time £ 12,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PhD Full-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 12,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
MPhil Part-time £ 2,000 per Academic year (home fees) 4 years
MPhil Part-time £ 5,975 per Academic year (overseas fees) 4 years
PhD Part-time £ 2,000 per Academic year (home fees) 6 years
PhD Part-time £ 5,975 per Academic year (overseas fees) 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, School of Philosophy and Art History
Telephone number: 
01206 872719