The University of Manchester

Ph.D. On Campus
36 months
19500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The University of Manchester students write a thesis (approx. 70,000 words) that should make a contribution to Philosophy. Supervision is provided by a team of experts in the students subject area.


Postgraduate research

We have a lively community of around 15 PhD students. We are committed to providing a first-class educational and research environment for our postgraduate research students, along with excellent facilities. 

We welcome both full-time and part-timePhilosophy PhD students.

Our research

The University of Manchester research interests focus on certain key areas of analytic philosophy, including metaphysics, the Philosophy of mind, aesthetics, epistemology, and the history of analytic philosophy.

In the international rankings for various sub-disciplines in the 2014 Philosophical Gourmet Report, we were in the top 15 for History of Analytic Philosophy, the top 18 for both Philosophy of Art and Philosophy of Action, and the top 37 for Metaphysics.

The School of Social Sciences is now based in a brand new purpose-built building which allows 24/7 access.

There is shared workspace available for research students within the Discipline Area and also a dedicated area in the atrium with computer terminals.

Programme Structure

Teaching and learning

  • Students meet regularly (on average, 1 hr every 2 weeks) with their supervisor. Each student has 2 supervisors. 
  • Once a year, students have a supervisory board meeting which involves discussion of some of their work, submitted for the supervisory board, by their supervisors and a third member of staff. 
  • All students attend a non-assessed PhD Seminar during term time, at which they are required to present their research to their peers and staff.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • UK Master degree (or overseas equivalent) with a coursework/examination average of 60% or more AND a dissertation mark of 60% or more in a relevant subject with no mark below 50%
  • Tier 4 Student Visa - International applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK, can obtain up-to-date information on the latest student visa advice and guidelines.
  • You will need to submit a 1500-word research proposal with your application. Please follow the guidelines carefully.
  • English language

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.


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