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PhD Positions in Philosophy of Science, Durham University, UK


The Department of Philosophy at Durham University and Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) warmly invite applications for full-time, three-year PhD study starting October 2023, in philosophy of science broadly construed (including natural and social sciences, and historical and sociological methods).


CHESS is a thriving research centre within the Department of Philosophy and will be celebrating 10 years at Durham this year. The centre is a hub for philosophy of science research and connects with a wide range of academics to produce world-leading publications and research projects.


Suitable candidates should currently be studying for a Masters degree, or else have a Masters degree (or equivalent) already ‘in hand’, usually with merit or distinction. Suitable topic areas are very wide, but a clear connection to the specialism of one of our experts would be an advantage.


Possibilities for primary thesis supervisor include CHESS co-Directors Prof Nancy Cartwright, Prof Robin Hendry, and Prof Peter Vickers, and also CHESS affiliates Prof Alex Broadbent, Dr Greg Lusk, Dr Joseph Martin, Dr Katherine Puddifoot, Dr Emily Webster, and Dr Sarah Wieten. Successful candidates are expected to contribute to the research environment at the Centre.


There are significant funding opportunities available; more information is available at Postgraduate Funding - Durham University. In case of funding questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at the email address given below.


Ahead of applying through the university online system at Postgraduate Research Degrees - Durham University, candidates should discuss their research proposal with a CHESS co-Director. Please send a CV, grade average/transcripts, and one-page research proposal to


Note: Part-time PhD study, typically for six years, is also an option. Please contact us if you wish to discuss this possibility.