Postgraduate programmes

Covering subjects from aesthetics to the philosophy of space and time, and offering a vibrant research culture, a rich programme of events and internationally renowned staff, Bristol is the ideal choice for the postgraduate philosopher.

Taught programmes

If you would like further information on the academic content of the course, please email

Research programmes (MPhil, PhD)

We welcome and encourage applications for postgraduate degrees by research. In addition to topics focusing on single research areas, we actively encourage interdisciplinary research that cuts across the spectrum of philosophical studies, or other intellectual disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and beyond. Joint supervision may be provided.

Research groups

See our departmental research groups for more information on how our research activity is focused within Philosophy.

Skills training

You will also benefit from a postgraduate skills training programme, which allows you to extend your range of academic and professional skills. You may also be given the chance at an appropriate stage to teach undergraduates, and you will be offered training for this purpose, leading to formal accreditation.

Further information on Philosophy research programmes.

Faculty support

We foster a vibrant postgraduate community across the Faculty of Arts, providing you with dedicated support when you need it.


Philosophy is/are among the subjects eligible for funding from the AHRC South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. The Faculty of Arts also offers funding opportunities for taught and research programmes.

Philosophical Gourmet Report rankings

Bristol's 2014 rankings are:

  • 1st Philosophy of Biology
  • 1st Philosophy of Mathematics
  • 1st Mathematical Logic
  • 2nd Philosophical Logic
  • 2nd General Philosophy of Science
  • 2nd Philosophy of Social Science
  • 3rd Decision, Rational Choice
  • 3rd Game Theory (including Formal Epistemology)
  • 4th Philosophy of Physics

Placement record

Our placement record lists the academic positions of our PhD students.

You might also be interested in information about the careers of the Philosophy undergraduate students

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