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Philosophy Research, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #33 (QS) London, United Kingdom
The college offers close personal supervision to students in a wide variety of areas, with particular strengths in the history of philosophy, philosophy of mind and psychology, metaphysics and philosophy of science, ethics and politics, and philosophy of language and linguistics.

Overview

The many expert researchers in the department all give a high priority to providing the best possible teaching. We co-operate closely with the other philosophy departments in London (especially University College, Birkbeck College, Heythrop College, and the London School of Economics). This cooperation effectively makes available to students a further 50 or so philosophers in London. This enables you to have a base in a department offering a high degree of personal attention while also having intercollegiate access to a wide variety of approaches to and specialisations in philosophy.

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 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

There are two kind of research degrees offered by this Department: Master of Philosophical Studies (MPhilStud) and PhD. The MPhilStud is a two-year structured research degree incorporating work on specific topics as well as a dissertation, giving the opportunity to acquire broad expertise at an advanced level. The general MPhilStud has a wide range of topics to choose from, one of which must be historical (relating to a specific philosopher or school of philosophy). There are also specialised MPhilStuds in Ancient Philosophy and in Philosophy of Psychology. These have a similar structure to the general MPhilStud but require some specific topic choices. We offer PhDs in Philosophy and Linguistics. Students admitted to the PhD programme will already have a Master's degree.

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 Bachelor's degree with 1st class honours in which philosophy was the major component.
  • Particularly strong candidates with a high 2:1 (above 65%), or equivalent classification, may also be considered.
  • Applicants who are currently undertaking a Master's degree may be expected to achieve a Distinction.
  • Strong candidates who do not strictly meet the published requirements may be admitted at the discretion of the department of Philosophy.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19850 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

British and EU nationals can apply for AHRC studentships and Graduate School and Faculty of Arts & Humanities studentships and bursaries. Departmental scholarships: Sorabji Graduate Bursary Fund - maximum £2,000 (open to all students); Susan Stebbing Graduate Award - maximum £2,000 (open to female students only). Overseas students are eligible to apply for certain schemes run by the Graduate School.

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