The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
The Department of Philosophy was ranked tenth in the UK following the last RAE and top for continental philosophy. It was also ranked in the top two departments of philosophy in the UK in the National Student Satisfaction Survey. The Department is committed to fostering a wide variety of philosophical approaches and to developing links between philosophy and other disciplines. It is a strong UK centre for Kantian philosophy, German idealism, and critical theory, and offers excellence in Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault and recent French thought. Further strengths are in moral and political philosophy, Kierkegaard and transcendental idealism and its legacy, philosophy and medicine.
Research supervision is available in the following fields: applied ethics; continental philosophy; ethics and practical reasoning; Frankfurt School and critical theory; history of philosophy; philosophy and psychoanalysis; philosophy and religion; philosophy, art and literature; philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge and cognitive science; social and political philosophy.