Kent has an active graduate community that enjoy an informal relationship with the academic staff. We offer graduate supervision in all core areas of philosophy, such as metaphysics, logic, ethics and epistemology, as well as expertise in specialised areas, including Wittgenstein, causation, epistemology, advanced logic, metaethics and political philosophy. Take a look at our Research and People pages to see what's available at Kent.
Philosophy supports interdisciplinary study, as part of the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) there are ample opportunities for meeting post-graduate students in other disciplines. We also run the Centre for Reasoning which offers interdisciplinary teaching and research on topics related to reasoning and inference and we offer a Co-Tutelle system, which allows students to enjoy collaborative supervision with an overseas institution, graduating with doctorates from both Kent and their overseas department.
Our graduate seminars are divided into two streams: Theoretical Reasoning, and History of Philosophy and Practical Philosophy. Each stream covers a mix of topics, which vary each year in line with current staff research interests. Recent topics include paradoxes, game theory, war crimes and Derek Parfit's On What Matters. All MA students are expected to attend both streams. Students can choose which topics to write essays on, and can attend our undergraduate lectures to supplement their learning.
We also hold a fortnightly Graduate Training Seminar, where students (both PhD and MA) present and discuss their work. We also use these seminars to offer skills workshops for those looking to go on to an academic career, covering topics such as publishing, and going onto the job market.