Postgraduate Destinations

Completion of postgraduate research is a necessary step for pursuit of an academic career in philosophy, and a number of our students have continued in the profession after graduating, in highly ranked PhD programs as well as in postdoctoral and faculty positions. But we have many students who pursue masters and doctoral degrees for other reasons too.

All of the graduates of our program have found themselves able to draw on the skills that they develop while pursuing their postgraduate degrees, in careers inside and outside academia. Successful completion of a research thesis displays a range of competencies – in research, analysis, and time management – that all employers value.

Below we give information, where known, about the destinations of our postgraduates after leaving us. We would appreciate any corrections to this information.


  • Robert Farquharson, MPhil, An Analogue Computational Model of Path Integration & Celestial Navigation: Connectionist Networks, Mental Content & Basic Cognitive Phenomena in Animals, PhD student, ANU Philosophy.
  • Dominic Newnham, MPhil, The Relevance of Evolutionary Debunking Theories and Empirical Evidence in Normative Ethics.


  • Karen Bland, PhD, Karen Bland PhD The Good, the Right and the Exigencies of Life, now lecturer A, University of Western Australia.


  • Alex Greville, PhD, A Consequentialist Evaluation of Industry Funding and Commercialisation of Public Biomedical Research
  • Chris Letheby, PhD, The Philosophy of Psychedelic Transformation, Lecturer, University of Western Australia
  • Andy Mckilliam, MPhil, Emergence and experience: systemic emergence and the prospects for a mechanistic explanation of the existence of experience, PhD student, Philosophy, Monash University


  • Mark Coleman, MPhil, Realist and Anti-Realist Approaches in Philosophy of Science: Perspective and Representational Pluralism in Scientific Discovery, clinical pathologist


  • Diane Stringer, PhD, Constructing time: temporal experience and its future directed aspects, casual teaching, University of Adelaide
  • Jason Tillett, MPhil, The value of benevolence: Spinoza and perfectionism


  • Chris Letheby, MPhil, Understanding is simulating : a defence of embodied linguistic comprehension, continued to PhD.


  • Esther Speight, PhD, Autonomy and chronic condition self-management programs, lecturer at Eynesbury College, Adelaide