Research and study opportunities

Research and study opportunities

Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Researchers

The Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience in conjunction with the Department of Philosophy and School of Psychology at the University of Glasgow are delighted to announce their new MSc degree course in Philosophy of Mind and Psychology. We are now accepting applications for entry in September 2019.

This Masters in Philosophy of Mind and Psychology is an interdisciplinary programme that is ideal for students interested in studying the mind from both philosophical and psychological perspectives. Students will study specific topics and research methods in both philosophy and psychology courses, and write a thesis on a relevant topic with a supervisor in one of these disciplines. Students will also participate in the ongoing PPN (Philosophy, Psychology, Neuroscience) speaker series, including in special sessions where guest speakers meet with students in this program to discuss their research projects. Given our research strengths and the affiliated Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience, students interested in issues pertaining to perception will be especially attracted to this programme. The Centre also hosts a Virtual Reality Lab.

Courses on offer include:

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Visual Perception and Cognition
  • Social Robotics
  • Philosophy Research Methods
  • Research Methods in Cognitive Science

Further details available at: Philosophy of Mind & Psychology

Philosophy: study of the mind

In addition, together with the Department of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, the Centre offers several philosophy postgraduate degrees (Masters and PhD) detailed below, and warmly welcomes applications for postdoctoral positions. Students have access to a substantial number of philosophers interested in the philosophy of mind and perception, and to the many conferences, workshops, seminars and projects run by the Centre.

Opportunities exist for students to organise and participate in events such as the graduate conferences and reading parties which are held almost every year. (If you are a graduate student elsewhere and wish to visit Glasgow to study, we also welcome visitors to the Centre.)

Degree programmes

Taught programmes

1 year full-time (2 years part-time) taught Masters degrees:

Research programmes

All three research degrees are awarded on the basis of a written dissertation in which original research is devoted to tackling a specific philosophical topic in depth. In the case of the MLitt by research and PhD, the dissertation is defended by oral examination.


Funding opportunities for postgraduates

Details of general funding from the University of Glasgow and other sources for study at Glasgow is available.

In particular, funding is available for PhD positions starting in 2016.


Postdoctoral positions

The Centre would be delighted to consider applications for postdoctoral positions based in the Centre. Any open available posts will be advertised here.

Otherwise, we welcome applications from people who wish to apply to hold postdoctoral awards at the Centre from external funding sources such as:

View a list of further fellowship schemes.

To discuss an application please contact Fiona Macpherson.


Visiting the Centre

The Centre welcomes applications from scholars who wish to spend time here, for example during the summer or a sabbatical leave. We also consider applications from graduate students who would like to visit for some period of time.

For a list of previous and forthcoming visitors to the Centre, see our news and events page.

Funding opportunities for visitors

  • The Royal Society of Edinburgh International Exchanges
  • British Academy Visiting Scholarships
  • Fulbright Scholar Awards
  • The Caledonian Research Foundation is offering European Visiting Research Fellowships of up to £6,000 for European academics to spend up to six months visiting an academic institution in Scotland.
  • The Leverhulme Trust enables distinguished academics based overseas to spend between three and ten months inclusive at a UK university.
  • The Bednarowski Trust is offering three visiting fellowships to enable philosophers in Polish Universities to visit philosophy departments in Scottish Universities during the academic year 2010–11. Visits will normally be for a minimum of six weeks, though it may be possible to vary this by arrangement. The scheme aims to enable Polish philosophers to learn more about Philosophy in the English-speaking world, and to make contact with philosophers in Aberdeen or other Scottish universities. Successful applicants will receive support towards their travel, and accommodation and a small stipend during their stay in Scotland. Study space and access to computer and library facilities will be provided. Further details about the scheme should be obtained before applying, either from Professor Justyna Miklaszewska, Director of the Institute of Philosophy in the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, from the Trust’s website or from the Trust’s Secretary.

See also the College of Arts Funding Page.


How to apply

To apply please e-mail us with a brief curriculum vitae and details of your research plans in the first instance. Thereafter applications can be made to the University to be a visiting researcher: