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Philosophy, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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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

Our 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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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

    17000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4195 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4195 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,098 
    International students (per annum): £8,500

Living costs for Manchester

  • 645 - 1200 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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