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Philosophy, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #20 (QS) ,
All doctoral students in the Philosophy programme at The University of Edinburgh are encouraged to participate in a weekly postgraduate work-in-progress research seminar, and to take advantage of regular professional development and research training seminars.

About

  • We are one of the world’s leading philosophy departments for research.
  • In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), Times Higher Education ranks Philosophy research at Edinburgh 2nd in Scotland and 7th in the UK.
  • The department has close links with other subject areas within the University, such as psychology, linguistics, informatics, jurisprudence, politics and classics.
  • We are also home to EIDYN, a philosophical research centre that hosts multiple international conferences, workshops and visiting scholars every year.
  • You will meet regularly with your supervisors, who will advise you on the steps to take towards producing your thesis.
  • All doctoral students are encouraged to participate in a weekly postgraduate work-in-progress research seminar, and to take advantage of regular professional development and research training seminars.
  • Most PhD and MPhil students will gain undergraduate teaching experience, for which you will be given training and mentoring.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

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

Programme Structure

Our research and teaching spans most areas of philosophy, but we have particular expertise in the following research areas:

  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • History of Philosophy
  • Logic and Language
  • Mind and Cognition
  • Philosophy of Science

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in philosophy.
  • Your application will also be considered if you have a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in another subject and a postgraduate masters level degree in philosophy.
  • Your academic achievements will be assessed by a panel of academics along with the research proposal and writing sample submitted as part of your application.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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PhD part-time fees

  • Overseas: £9,500

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 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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