The Master of Research is a research training programme designed to prepare students for independent research, either as part of a one-plus-three year route leading to the PhD or to give students a cutting edge on the job market. The programme has an undiluted Oxbridge format, with teaching structured around one-on-one tutorials. Students typically take four supervised study modules consisting of three such tutorials each. Each module involves doing research on individually agreed topics from one area of the subject, under the guidance of a member of academic staff.
The UEA School of Philosophy is a dynamic and friendly department with a highly distinctive research profile – an ideal place in which to be inducted into philosophical research. While actively supporting research in all core areas and periods of philosophy, the School has particular research strengths at various frontiers of the subject: philosophy and the arts (literature, film, music), philosophy and linguistics, environmental philosophy, and metaphilosophy (epistemology and methodology of philosophy) are among its distinctive specialisms. Some of these benefit from the proximity to worldwide leading departments in related areas (including literature and creative writing, and environmental studies).
The School is a leading centre for research on Wittgenstein, while its members also work on ancient philosophy, early modern philosophy and Kant, phenomenology, and the history of analytic philosophy. Weekly guest lectures and workshops add to the vibrancy of the School and make it easy for newcomers to blend into the graduate community of about thirty, and be in constant touch with academic staff.
The School of Philosophy, ranking in the top 10 philosophy departments in the UK (2014 Guardian University Guide) has a long-established reputation for its lively, stimulating and welcoming atmosphere, with a close interaction between teaching and research. The School's high academic research standing was recognised in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, where 90 per cent of the department's contributions were recognised internationally.