Research is an integral part of the OU’s Department of Philosophy and directly informs the design of what we teach.
The research we conduct is broadly in the field of ‘Values and Reasons’, and we are in the process of merging the two Research Groups below into a single Research Cluster. The individual pages of staff members in Philosophy contain their research interests and lists of publications. In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 97% of our submitted outputs in the Philosophy Unit of Assessment were ranked as internationally recognised or better, with 40% being internationally excellent, and 7% world-leading.
We host regular individual or joint research events in philosophy such as workshops, conferences, and the Philosophy Seminar Series.
More detailed information on these and other research events can be found on our Events and News blog.
The department has an active and enthusiastic programme of postgraduate research and offers full-time and part-time doctoral supervision.