‌When you join us at Dundee, you'll become part of a friendly and welcoming community with a thriving postgraduate culture and plenty of intellectual stimulation.  Throughout your time with us, we encourage you to develop intellectual independence and professional skills.  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.  We have strong monitoring and support systems in place, and both your supervisor and a thesis monitoring committee (consisting of at least two members of academic staff other than your supervisor) will provide advice on publications, potential grant applications, and career development.  Postgraduate office space and computing facilities are available, and we encourage research students to gain teaching experience as seminar tutors for our undergraduate programme.  As part of the School of Humanities you will also become part of a wider School Postgraduate Community.

Our recent postgraduate students have been successful in obtaining funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Carnegie Trust, the UK Overseas Research Scheme, and the Royal Institute for Philosophy.  Postgraduates and Postdoctoral Research Fellows 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 and PhD students to present and discuss their work.

Visiting Speakers / Research Seminars

A programme of papers by invited international and UK speakers, reflecting our research specialisms in both continental and analytic fields.  

See our upcoming Visiting Speakers' schedule

Reading Groups

Library ResearchersStudents 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.

We also have a yearly conference which is organised by and for postgraduates across the School of Humanities. See details of the Humanities Postgraduate Conferences.

Skills for researchers

The University of Dundee supports you at every stage of your career, helping you to develop your full potential as a resear‌cher and prepare you for the job market ahead (both academic and non-academic).

Our Organisational and Professional Development unit offer training which covers:

  • Writing research proposals and applying for grants
  • Presentation skills
  • Setting research objectives
  • Managing research projects
  • Effective writing and communication
  • Team working

If appropriate, students are also encouraged to acquire another language for research purposes, or to improve existing language skills, by making use of the courses run by the School's Languages for All programme.


Our main University Library and Learning Centre provides a range of services to support all aspects of the research process, including:

  • Extensive hard copy and digital resources
  • Dedicated research room for consulting Special Collections
  • 'Discovery', the University's institutional repository of academic publications

Our students also have borrowing rights at the University of St Andrews Library and can gain access to the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.