Philip Hiscock retired in September 2017 from the Department of Folklore but continues research and supervision in his areas of specialisation. These include the folklore of Newfoundland and Labrador with attention to custom, song, language, and their contemporary evolution.
His research has ranged over language and folklore of the province, including the overlapping areas of vernacular and popular culture, and he has a keen interest in the digitization of fieldwork materials.
For two decades (1979-99) he was Archivist of the MUN Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA). In 2007-08, he was President of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada (L'Association Canadienne d'Ethnologie et de Folklore).