About us

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The Philosophy Department at Staffordshire University is a small, research-intensive department, specializing in modern Continental (European) philosophy. Staffordshire University is a fully accredited part of the United Kingdom higher education system.

Philosophy has as its core staff Prof Douglas Burnham and Prof David Webb, who work closely with colleagues from across the humanities and social sciences. The department offers

  1. A taught Master of Arts (MA) in philosophy under the umbrella of the MA Negotiated Learning. You can start on this course in September or in January.
  2. The distance learning Masters in Continental Philosophy (click here for more details). You can start on this course in September or in January.
  3. We also offer PhD supervision both by attendance and by distance learning (see PhD fact sheet 25). You can start a research degree at any time of year.

There are only a limited number of places on the doctoral programme, and we  particularly welcome applications in the following areas:

  • Kant in relation to more recent European thought
  • Nietzsche
  • Phenomenology (especially Heidegger) or hermeneutics
  • Foucault (archaeology, genealogy, philosophy and history, politics, ethics)
  • French epistemology and philosophy of science, including Michel Serres
  • Aesthetics (especially visual arts, literature or wine)
  • Nihilism
  • Time
  • Ethics, politics, and theories of subjectivity.

The Department also has a specialisation in theory/practice PhD projects, where we supervise in conjunction with colleagues from fine art or other practice-based subjects.

You can follow David Webb at academia.edu, where you can also find several of his publications.

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