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Research is at the heart of the Philosophy discipline at the OU. Our full-time members of staff are all active researchers, specialising in a range of subjects across the disciplines. Staff regularly work with and consult for other institutions and multimedia broadcasters, particularly concerning value, reasons and norms (metaphysics and mind), and the history of philosophy (particularly the post-Kantian European philosophy). Recent themes of research include making good decisions, bioethics, knowing and deciding, and justice. 

Key facts

  • Competitive Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences studentships available
  • Annual dedicated Graduate Student research conference
  • Frequent research talks and seminars held, including those sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy
  • Established record of attracting research funding
  • Philosophy’s academics are internationally renowned – they regularly present their research at national and international conferences, and several have held visiting research positions at other universities.


Being a research student at The Open University will entitle you to membership of the OU Library, which has a huge range of philosophy journals and books both online and in the library on campus.

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Discipline Convenor
+44 (0)1908 654472

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.