The Philosophy Graduate Program welcomes graduate research students in philosophy and bioethics. The program has notable strengths in many areas of philosophy and bioethics; see below.

The Philosophy Graduate Program welcomes graduate research students in both the MA and the PhD.

The Philosophy Graduate Program runs two weekly events for graduate research students during the teaching semester. All graduate research students in the Program attend a work-in-progress seminar and a pre-seminar. The work-in-progress seminars mostly involve paper presentations from graduate students to their peers. The pre-seminar is a masterclass from whoever will be presenting at the staff seminar later in the afternoon.

Many other events form part of the Philosophy Graduate Program. Often these events are student-led, involving presentations from students and some invited speakers. There are also student-led reading groups and other initiatives during teaching semester.

The placement record of the Philosophy Graduate Program is excellent, with graduates pursuing careers in areas like finance, government, academic philosophy research, cognitive science etc.

Program disciplines and supervisors


Alison Ross Kant; theories of meaning, of the image, of sensation and judgment


Rob Sparrow including artificial intelligence

Catherine Mills including biopolitics

Michael Selgelid including public health ethics

Justin Oakley including reproductive ethics

Ethics and Moral philosophy

Linda Barclay Political philosophy; dignity; disability; human rights; Applied ethics

Rob Sparrow Applied ethics; moral philosophy; environmental ethics

Toby Handfield Ethical theory

Michael Selgelid Applied ethics

Justin Oakley Ethical theory; virtue ethics; professional ethics

Suzy Killmister Dignity; autonomy; human rights

Daniel Muñoz Moral theory; human rights

European philosophy

Catherine Mills Contemporary European philosophy

Alison Ross Critical theory (Walter Benjamin, Jacques Rancière); philosophical anthropology (Hans Blumenberg)


Monima Chadha

Tim Bayne

Graham Oppy

Lloyd Humberstone

Jakob Hohwy

Feminist philosophy/gender studies

Linda Barclay Feminism; political philosophy

Jacqueline Broad Women's political thought; feminism

Catherine Mills Feminism

History of philosophy/historical philosophy

Jacqueline Broad History of early modern philosophy

Human Rights

Linda Barclay

Suzy Killmister

Rob Sparrow

Daniel Muñoz

Legal Philosophy/Philosophy of Law

Toby Handfield


Dave Ripley Philosophical logic; philosophy of logic

Lloyd Humberstone Philosophical logic; philosophy of logic including modal logic and its applications

Philosophy of language

Dave Ripley

Lloyd Humberstone

Graham Oppy

Monima Chadha

Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science

Tim Bayne Philosophy of mind; cognitive science

Jennifer Windt Philosophy of mind; cognitive science

Jakob Hohwy Philosophy of mind; cognitive science

Monima Chadha Buddhist philosophy of mind


Lloyd Humberstone

Toby Handfield

Graham Oppy

Tim Bayne

Dave Ripley

Philosophy of science and technology

Graham Oppy Philosophy of science

Toby Handfield Philosophy of science; philosophy of Quantum mechanics

Rob Sparrow Ethics of technology

Social and political philosophy

Alison Ross Political theory; theories of revolution

Linda Barclay Moral and political philosophy, liberalism

Rob Sparrow

Toby Handfield including decision theory, philosophy of economics

Michael Selgelid

Suzy Killmister Dignity; autonomy; human rights; multiculturalism

Philosophy of Religion

Graham Oppy

Tim Bayne

Monima Chadha Indian and Buddhist philosophy

Opportunities and support

Throughout your PhD, we actively support you in contributing to and participating in relevant conferences and a range of professional activities.

You will be trained in critical and analytical thinking, and supported to develop innovative research designs and methodologies, while also undertaking relevant coursework.

The Faculty of Arts also supports students with diverse scholarships and grants and numerous of funding schemes are available to support your candidature.

Program staff

A/Professor Jacqueline Broad

Program Director and Milestone Panel Chair

June Park

Graduate Research Administrator


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