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.
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.
- In March 2010 the postgraduate students organized a two-day conference entitled 'Real Objects or Material Subjects? A Conference on Continental Metaphysics'. The conference explored the recent resurgence of interest in speculative metaphysics, particularly in relation to issues of subjectivity, objectivity, realism, materialism, and the political. Keynote speakers included James Williams, Graham Harman, Adrian Johnston and Peter Hallward. The conference also featured papers from an international group of postgraduate students and young scholars. The precedings of the event were published in an edition of the journal 'Cosmos and History' edited by Michael Burns and Brian Smith (see Vol 7, No 1, 2011).
- In July 2009 Dundee's Philosophy Department hosted the Second Film-Philosophy Conference. This major event attracted over 130 delegates from around the world, all of whom are working on the relationship between cinema and philosophy in all its dimensions. More than 100 papers were delivered over three days, and the keynote speakers included Edward Branigan, Caroline Bainbridge and Martin McQuillan.
- In May 2009 Dundee's Philosophy Department hosted an international conference on contemporary feminist philosophy, Natality, Embodiment and the Political. The starting point of the conference was the influential work of our keynote speakers - Christine Battersby and Adriana Cavarero. The event brought together feminist thinkers from around the world. Bursaries made it possible for many postgraduate students to attend and present papers.
- In March 2008 the postgraduate students organized a two-day conference 'What is Philosophy After Deleuze?' Its starting point was the dominance of Gilles Deleuze's thought in contemporary continental philosophy. The conference explored the limitations that this brought to philosophy, both in terms of dogmatic appropriations of Deleuze, and the treatment of themes that he tended to downplay, such as the role of the subject.Keynote speakers were Dr Ray Brassier and Professor James Williams. The conference was free and encouraged papers from postgraduate students.
- In September 2006, Dundee hosted the annual joint conference of the Society for European Philosophy and the Forum for European Philosophy. Our key speakers were Manuel de Landa, Jacques Ranciere, and Luce Irigaray. Considered by everyone a great success, we attracted more than 50 other speakers and nearly 100 delegates over 3 days of the highest level of Continental philosophical debate seen in the UK.
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.
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.