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Research is an integral part of the OU’s Department of Philosophy and directly informs the design of our modules. In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 97% of submitted outputs were ranked as internationally recognised or better, with 40% being internationally excellent, and 7% world-leading.

Departmental research groups

Members of the department belong to one or more of our three research groups:

Values Research Group

Reasons and Norms Research Group

History of Philosophy Research Group


Departmental research seminars

The research groups host regular individual or joint research events such as workshops, conferences, and the Departmental Seminar Series. 

Current seminar series

Past speakers


Graduate research

The department has an active and enthusiastic programme of graduate study and offers full-time and part-time doctoral supervision.

Current research students

Research supervision areas

Recent graduates

The individual pages of academic staff members contain their research interests and lists of publications. For more detailed information on research events, please go to News and Events.