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Our research

The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science is committed to research excellence, productivity, and the international development of its disciplines. With around 50 research-active staff and almost 100 PhD students, we have a diverse, lively, and robust community of researchers.

Our strong ethos of supporting research across the School ensures that we nurture high-quality research at the cutting edge of our disciplines. Staff publish books and articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited collections, have significant responsibilities in national and international research bodies, editorial boards, and international research groups, and achieve an impressive record of research grant capture.

We regularly welcome visiting researchers from across the world and have a programme of multiple regular research seminars, which are open for all to attend.

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Research themes

Our research falls into three overarching fields:

Exploring fundamental questions about the world, and our relation to it and to each other in thought, feeling, and action.

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Examining the meaning and significance of religious thought and practice and its relation to public life in our contemporary world.

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Examining the nature and development of science, technology and medicine, forces which explain and shape the world around us.

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