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Our Postgraduate Community

As a student in our School, you will be joining an active postgraduate community where students regularly participate in research seminars, reading groups and conferences. You will benefit from the expertise of an enthusiastic team of experienced supervisors and lecturers, as well as a high level of individual tuition and pastoral support. Postgraduate office space and computing facilities are available, and we encourage research students to gain teaching experience as seminar tutors for our undergraduate programme.

Our recent postgraduate students have been successful in obtaining funding from the AHRC, the Carnegie Trust, the UK Overseas Research Scheme, and the Royal Institute for Philosophy. Postgraduates and Postdoctoral Research Fellows in the Department have gone on to academic posts in Philosophy and related disciplines in Britain, Ireland and the United States.

Postgraduate Work-in-Progress Seminars

The Postgraduate Work-in-Progress Seminars are a forum for MLitt, MPhil and PhD students to present and discuss their work. The Seminars run fortnightly in term-time.

Visiting Speakers/Research Seminars

A programme of papers by invited international and UK speakers, reflecting the Philosophy Section's research specialisms in both continental and analytic fields. See our latest Visiting Speakers' Programme for more information.

Reading Groups

Students are encouraged to organise and participate in specialist reading groups. In recent years, staff and students have met to examine Kant's Critique of Judgement, Schopenhauer's World as Will and Representation, and Deleuze's Francis Bacon: the logic of sensation.


Postgraduates are encouraged to organise and participate in conferences and workshops within the School, and to attend and give papers at conferences elsewhere in the UK and abroad. School funding can be applied for to support these activities. Students have recently delivered conference papers at events in the UK and elsewhere in the world.

Library Resources

The University library has a good and wide-ranging collection of primary and secondary texts and journals in philosophy; our students also have borrowing rights at St Andrews' University library, and can gain access to the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.

IT Facilities & Social Space

You will find good IT resources for postgraduate study in Philosophy at Dundee. In addition to a postgraduate office with networked computers, you will have access to the College postgraduate research centre, with further networked computers, internet and printing facilities as well as a kitchen and social space.

Optional Teaching and Learning Module

This specialist accredited module is run by the University's Centre for Teaching and Learning. The module complements the teaching experience that may be available to postgraduate research students, who often act as tutors on our undergraduate Philosophy programme. College funding may be available to cover the module fee.

Language Tuition

If appropriate, students are encouraged to acquire another language for research purposes, or to improve existing language skills, by making use of the courses run by the University's Languages Programme. Languages also runs specialist courses designed to support students whose first language is not English.

Further Information

If you have any questions that aren't answered on our website or on the Philosophy Research Prospectus pages, please contact the Philosophy Postgraduate Officer, Todd Mei. You can reach Todd by telephone on +44 (0)1382 384541 or by email at