Anglia Ruskin University PHD

Anglia Ruskin University PHD

Professional Doctorates are a flexible alternative to traditional PhD study. Research your area of interest and expertise while continuing to work. You’ll be able to add value to your organisation while enhancing your career prospects and expanding your professional network.

Studying a Professional Doctorate at Anglia Ruskin University is a great way to turn your career into a qualification. It’s an opportunity to develop your skills in research, organisation, management and leadership whilst in a supportive environment. Study is flexible and we have a range of courses for you choose from.

MPhil: Full-time, from 1 to 3 years. Part-time, from 2 to 4 years.

PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: Full-time, from 2 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.

PhD: Full-time, from 2 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.


Pursue your research degree with an internationally known institute that works with influential partners, including government and industry.

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Established in early 2011, the Global Sustainability Institute’s core research questions are based around personal motivations and systems change, in relation to sustainability.

This translates into four key research areas:

  • Climate Action & Cultural Systems
  • Consumption & Change
  • Global Risk & Resilience
  • Education for Sustainability.

We collaborate with departments throughout Anglia Ruskin, as well as with numerous external organisations, including the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Mott Macdonald and Lloyd’s of London

It’s an inspiring environment in which to conduct research and influence the world – and we can offer you high-quality supervision from influential figures in the sustainability field.

Visit for further information about the Institute and don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to discuss your research proposal.

If you’ve already conducted research and published work that demonstrates an independent and original contribution to knowledge in this field of you may wish to apply for a PhD by Published Work.


MPhil: 1-3 years (full-time). 2-4 years (part-time).

PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: 2-5 years (full-time). 3-6 years (part-time).

PhD: 2-5 years (full-time). 3-6 years (part-time).

Distance-learning supervision available on this course.

This course is located in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Find out more about our research.


Our PhD research programmes will allow you to explore your interests in philosophy, supported by the expertise of our staff.

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You’ll be allocated two supervisors, with additional staff members available if necessary. Our supervisors are experienced in most areas of philosophy, including modern European philosophy, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, feminist philosophy, ancient philosophy, philosophy of art, philosophy of religion and ethics.

We’ll provide you with a rich and stimulating research environment with strong links to research networks in Anglia Ruskin and the wider community, including the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Research into Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). Our department hosts the Labour History Research Unit (LHRU) and contributes to the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER) and the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE).

We also host and take part in many research events, including regular Faculty and departmental research seminars, where you’ll be able to present your research in a safe and supportive setting. These events, along with our online environment, will help you connect with other research students from a range of disciplines.

All your subject-specific studies will be enhanced and supported by our University-wide training sessions, where you’ll gain important research expertise in areas like ethics, presentations, intellectual property and digital scholarship.