University of Sussex

University of Sussex


The structure of our Department allows for the supervision of a wide range of MPhil and PhD dissertation topics from within both the Anglo-American analytic tradition and the post-Kantian continental tradition; as well as on historical figures. Possible supervision topics include: Adorno; aesthetics; Aristotle; beliefs; content; counterfactuals; Davidson; descriptions; ethical theory; externalism; fiction; film; forgiveness; Frege; German Idealism; Habermas; Hegel; Heidegger; Husserl; identity; imagination; Islamic philosophy; justification; Kant; knowledge; Kripke; Levinas; Lewis; literature and philosophy; McDowell; Marx; mental causation; Merleau-Ponty; music; Nietzsche; ontology; perception; phenomenology and deconstruction; photography; Plato; poetry; possible worlds; Quine; realism and anti-realism; reference; representation; Russell; Sartre; self-knowledge; singular thought; transcendental arguments; truth; and Wittgenstein.

Entry requirements

A Master's degree in philosophy or a related discipline. Students whose 1st language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language.

Course modules

Recent thesis topics include: Adorno and Kant; consciousness and intrinsic physical properties; contingent identity; emotion, cognition and dynamics; ethics and politics in Plato; freedom and self-consciousness; Hegel�s theory of subjectivity; intentionality, error and misrepresentation; language and meaning in Heidegger; Marx�s philosophy of law; Merleau-Ponty and the sensible; Nietzsche and art; perfectionism and liberalism; Russell�s theory of descriptions; the nature of the self; theology in Aristotle�s Metaphysics; truth and realism; Wittgenstein�s theory of the proposition.

Sponsorship information

The Department has been successful in attracting research preparation Master's quota funding via the AHRC Block Grant Partnership Scheme.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 4 years
MPhil Part-time - 4 years
PhD Part-time - 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 678932