Niall Scott

Dr. Niall William Richard Scott

Reader in Philosophy and Popular Culture

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Livesey House, LH121

+44 (0) 1772 89 2540

Subject Areas: Media, Philosophy, Religious Studies

Niall Scott joined the philosophy team in 2004. He holds a PhD from Lancaster and an MA from Queen's University Belfast. His research interests are in ethics, the philosophy of popular culture and in cultural theory.

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Niall Scott holds a PhD in philosophy from Lancaster University (2003), an MA in philosophy from Queen's University Belfast 1996, a Diploma in Theology from Belfast Bible College, 1994 and a Bsc (Hons) in Biology from the University of Ulster, 1991.

Prior to his appointment at UCLan he taught at Lancaster University. He currently teaches on the BA in Philosophy and on the MA in Religion Culture and Society. His teaching interests centre around philosophy and popular culture, ethics and philosophy of religion. He has spoken internationally and published widely in the field on bioethics, cultural theory and the philosophy of popular culture. His work and publications on heavy metal studies have gained him global recognition, both in academic and music media contexts.

He is a founder member and former chair of International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS), the editor of the Helvete: A journal of black metal theory and short publications editor/reviews editor for the journal Metal Music Studies, published by Intellect. He is also project leader for the porgressiveconnexions ‘Music And…’ project.


Scott, N., and Varas-Dias, N. eds. (2016) Heavy Metal and the Communal Experience, Lexington books
Shakespeare, S. and Scott, N., (2015) The Swarming Logic of Inversion and the Elevation of Satan, Helvete a Journal of Black Metal Theory, Vol 2.

Scott, N. (2014) Seasons in the Abyss: Heavy Metal as Liturgy, Diskus, vol. 16 no.1 p.12-29.

Scott, N. (2014) The Monstrous Metallic in Medicine and Horror Cinema, La Medicina nei Secoli Vol 26 No.1 pp. 313-332.

More publications



Chair of International Society for Metal Music Studies
Member of HEA
Core executive

External Affiliations

Chair International Society for metal music studies
Editor Helvete, A Journal of Black Metal Theory
Reviews and short article editor for Metal Music Studies (Intellect)

Social Media





Heavy Metal Music and the Communal experience

Heavy Metal and popular culture

Heavy Metal and Place

Music Metal and Politics Series


Current research activities focus on Philosophy and popular culture and cultural theory, but also include ethical theory, applied ethics and bioethics.


Mongol-Ethics External ethics advisor

China-Europe Bilat-SILK External Ethics advisor