Trainings: The Oxford Summer School in Philosophy of Psychiatry: Mind, Value and Mental Health. Information on the last training can be found at Future summer schools in Oxford will be advertised on this website and by the INPP email list. Request to join the INPP email update list by emailing the secretary, Richard Gipps.

Postgraduate Courses

University of Central Lancashire (UClan), U.K.
Based on the Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry, this new course is a 3 year distance learning programme leading to an MA / PG Diploma / PG Certificate. Modules are:

  • Core concepts in Philosophy of Mental Health
  • A Philosophical History of Psychopathology
  • Philosophy of Science and Mental Health
  • Values, Ethics and Mental Health
  • Philosophy of Mind and Mental Health
  • Introduction to Postgraduate Research
  • Dissertation

To find out more see the philosophy and mental health learning progamme factsheet.
It is also now possible to study for PhD’s in the philosophy of mental health at UCLAN. Please contact Professor Tim Thornton for further details.

University of Pretoria, South Africa
The Division of Philosophy & Ethics of Mental Health at the University of Pretoria offers a Master’s programme (MPhil in Philosophy & Ethics of Mental Health), which is a 1 year full time or 2 year part time programme that may be followed through e-learning from remote places.

To find out more, visit the web page or contact Prof Werdie VanStaden by email.


University of Essex, U.K.
The University of Essex runs an MA in the Philosophy of Psychoanalysis, run jointly by the Philosophy Department and the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies. The core of the MA is a Joint Graduate Seminar in which contemporary issues are explored from both a philosophical and a psychoanalytical perspective.

To find out more visit the course website.

University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria
The Centre for Philosophy and Mental Health at the University of Plovdiv runs an MA in the Philosophy of Mental Health. Courses include:

  • general concepts of health and disease
  • history of psychology and psychopathology
  • phenomenological psychopathology
  • anthropology and mental health
  • values based medical practice
  • logic of the practice and psychopathology of common sense
  • philosophy of language and psychotherapy
  • philosophy of mind and psychiatry
  • epistemology & methodology
  • ethics and mental health
  • sociology and ethnicity of mental health
  • aesthetics


King’s College London, UK

King’s College London is running a new Mental Health, Ethics and Law MSc programme, delivered by two internationally recognised centres of excellence. This course will provide an integrated, strongly interdisciplinary, education in mental health, ethics and law. It equips graduates to become leaders in healthcare, mental health law or policy.


Courses which include a philosophy and mental health component

University of Birmingham, U.K.
The Philosophy Department at the University of Birmingham offers an MA in Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Sciences and an MA in the Philosophy of Health and Happiness. Core modules for the MA in the Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Sciences are (1) philosophy of mind and (2) philosophy of cognitive science. Core modules for the MA in the Philosophy of Health and Happiness are (1) philosophy of health and happiness and (2) God, freedom and the meaning of life. In addition to their core modules, the MA dissertation and the research skills module, students can take a number of philosophy, theology and psychology modules at masters level.

To find out more please email Lisa Bortolotti.

University of Sydney, Australia
The University of Sydney has a module unit of study for masters courses on philosophical psychopathology.

To find out more visit the module website.




The Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry (AAPP) announces a competition for residents and fellows in psychiatry, graduate students and post-doctoral students in philosophy, psychology, or related fields.

The Karl Jaspers Award is given for the best unpublished paper related to the subject of philosophy and psychiatry.



Responsibility Without Blame

This is a new open-access e-learning on ‘responsibility without blame’ developed by Hanna Pickard. Hanna is a philosopher and clinician who has applied conceptual analysis of the difference between holding responsible and blaming to frame a therapeutic approach to addiction and personality disorder. This e-learning offers a resource for staff who work with people with personality disorder and complex needs:

It is open access, and designed to be accessible and interactive, to help learners understand the difference between responsibility and blame, and use it to reflect on their work experience and develop their practice.


An online video archive of oral history interviews and lectures by leaders in the philosophy of psychiatry field. Videos may be downloaded, embedded, or streamed in high-definition format.


Australian radio/podcast outlet specializing in discussions of mental health and philosophy.