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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Keele University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    MAR, APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

OVERVIEW

PhD: The Centre for Law, Ethics & Society (CLES), part of the Research Institute for Law, Politics & Justice, brings together academics, researchers and postgraduate students with interests in ethics and law.

Keele University has a strong tradition of working in the field of ethics and applied ethics that goes back over twenty years. Current research strengths include ethical issues relating to public health, medical technologies, the environment, risk and harm, policing and criminal justice, resource allocation, and global justice. A key strength of much recent work in the Centre is analysis and exploration of the contribution of ethics to public policy. Members of the Centre have strong interests in other areas of philosophy (e.g. metaphysics, political philosophy, philosophy of mind and psychology, economics and law) and bring these to bear on their research in ethics and applied ethics.

FACILITIES

The University has invested significant funding in the new Claus Moser Building providing dedicated office space and research support for postgraduate students across the Humanities and Social Sciences. Students also have access to library, IT, and other learning resources appropriate to their research project. All members of CLES, including students, have free access to all workshops and seminars held at Keele, including the prestigious Royal Institute of Philosophy Seminar Series on Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care. In addition students are encouraged to apply for support from the Research Institute to attend external research events relevant to their project and to present their work at national and international conferences.

One notable features of ethics research at Keele is the focus on research training in philosophical methods such as analysis of concepts and arguments, the role of empirical evidence in moral arguments, the use of examples, cases and thought experiments, as well as the role of normative theory in applied ethics. The Centre was recently the main organiser of a UK-wide collaborative doctoral research training grant funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with a focus on methodology in applied ethics.

Tuition fees

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£ 14,600per year

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University information

Keele University

  • University League Table

    56th

  • Campus address

    Keele University, Keele, ST5 5BG, England

Keele students represent over 120 different nationalities. A welcoming campus, Keele recognises the benefits of such a diverse population of cultures and ideas.
Keele provides individual and group language and academic skills guidance for international students at all levels, through its language centre on campus.
Keele provides a friendly and supportive environment for international students. A range of cultural events are arranged and celebrated throughout the year.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    35th out of 52 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 218
    115 54%

    38th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64 64%

    30th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.17 83%

    14th

    10

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