Postgraduate community

We are known for our friendly and vibrant graduate community, as well as our wide range of opportunities for postgraduate students.


We are ranked in the top 100 in the world for Philosophy in the QS World University Rankings. 86 per cent of our research is rated in the highest two categories in the REF 2021, meaning it is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent, with all members of staff submitted.. The department is widely seen as one of the friendliest in the country, and is known for its vibrant graduate community. We offer MA degrees in Philosophy, Cognitive Studies, and Political Theory, as well as a wide range of PhD opportunities.

We have around 80 postgraduate students, including many international students from across the globe. Our postgraduates keep busy organising a wide variety of seminars, conferences, reading groups and other activities. 

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Postgraduate seminar

Wednesdays 2-4pm.

This seminar is open to all graduate students in the Department of Philosophy. It runs throughout both semesters, and the students run their own series over the summer. Each week a student presents a paper, followed by discussion. A handout, abstract, or draft of the paper is usually circulated in advance. Anyone from outside the department wishing to attend should email

Current postgraduate students in the department can access the list of speakers on the Philosophy Hub.

Weekly online events

Attend an online event when it suits you, all year round, as an alternative to an open day.

Every Wednesday, Sheffield Live sessions cover different aspects of University life. You can also meet your department and learn more about studying your subject.