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About Mark Hocknull

Mark Hocknull is Programme Leader and Principal lecturer in Philosophy in the School of History and Heritage. He holds doctorates in both science and religious studies and has a deep seated interest in the interactions between science and religious beliefs. Mark’s first academic subject was microbiology and he has worked in the biotechnology industry. He has held research appointments at University College London and the University of Warwick, and has taught at the Universities of Chester and Nottingham as well as Lincoln.

Department Responsibilities

Programme Leader for philosophy Senior Tutor for the School of history and Heritage Coordinates the modules Darwin’s Dangerous Idea and Science and Religion

Subject Specialism

Moral Philosophy, Philosophical Anthropology, Philosophy of Evil, Philosophy of Science (Biology)


  • PhD Religious Studies — University of Lancaster, 2008
  • BA Theology — University of Durham, 1993
  • PhD Biochemical Engineering — University College London, 1988
  • BSc Microbiology — University of Surrey, 1985

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Research Interests

  • Moral Philosophy

  • Philosophy of Evolution

  • Philosophy of Evil

  • Philosophy of Religion

  • Philosophy of Science

  • Pedagogy of Philosophy

Research Projects

  • The Use of Virtual Reality in Teaching Moral philosophy — awarded £1750 by LHERI in 2018


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy