Research degrees

The School offers a unique interdisciplinary research degree programme, made possible by the collaboration between the three internationally excellent PPE departments. 

We offer two research degrees: the MPhil in PPE and PhD in PPE.

Find out more about current students' research projects.


Research programme overview

As a research student within the School, you are affiliated to the department of your main supervisor, and will have access to the facilities and teaching opportunities from that department.  You will usually follow a programme of study offered by your home department, in agreement with your supervisor.  Further information about the opportunities for research students can be found on the departmental websites:

You will also normally (but not necessarily) have a second supervisor in one of the other departments, depending on the interdisciplinary nature of your research. In addition, you can take modules from the other departments, as appropriate for your individual training needs and the needs of your project.

Each student has a thesis advisory panel which meets at least twice a year and reports on progress.

The registration period for the MPhil is 2 years full-time and 4 years part-time.  The registration period for the PhD is 3 years full-time and 6 years part-time. 


Opportunities for research students

In addition to the facilities in the three departments, there is office space available for research students within the School itself.

You will have the opportunity to attend interdisciplinary seminars. Find out more about seminars on our events pages.

Our research students also organise 'work in progress' meetings, where students can discuss and get feedback on their current research from other postgraduates.


Thesis requirements

You must submit your thesis within one year of the end of the normal period of registration.

The length of your dissertation will vary according to your affiliated department. You should consult the relevant department's handbook or website for up-to-date details:




Entry requirements and how to apply

To be admitted to the MPhil/PhD directly, you need a strong academic background - usually at least a 2.1 in your first degree and a good Masters level qualification in an appropriate discipline.

For students whose first language is not English, please refer to the English Language requirements as detailed at:

Before you apply, you should consult the departmental research webpages to identify potential supervisor/s for your research:

Applications should be made through the University's Postgraduate Admissions team. The full application procedure is available on their website:


Funding for research students

Research Council Funding (for 1+3 and +3 Doctoral Research)

Applicants for research degrees can apply for Research Council funded studentships allocated to the three PPE departments.

If you are intending to pursue research in the Social Sciences you may be eligible for funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC):

Other funding opportunities

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Staff research interests

You can find out about our academic staff's current research interests in departmental staff profiles:

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