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Philosophical Studies

University College London (UCL)

24 months
22900 GBP/year
5890 GBP/year
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The Philosophical Studies MPhil Stud from University College London (UCL) is one of the pre-eminent UK research Master's degrees in philosophy.


Over two years students complete coursework across a range of areas, and produce a substantial research thesis. Students completing the Philosophical Studies programme from University College London (UCL) have sufficient depth and breadth of knowledge to progress to PhD research.

Our research is consistently ranked among the best in the country. The department has a lively and flourishing postgraduate community, and enjoys collaborative connections with other London universities, and the activities of the nearby Royal Institute of Philosophy, the Aristotelian Society, and the University of London Institute of Philosophy.


Around ten students are admitted to the MPhil Stud each year, around half progress to study a PhD. Many are offered full fees and maintenance grants (e.g. at UCL, Oxford, Cambridge, and other UK and US universities). 

Recent UCL Philosophy PhD graduates have secured lectureships, prestigious academic fellowships and postdoctoral placements in the UK and elsewhere (University of Oxford, York University, University of Cambridge, Sheffield University, University of Antwerp and the Institute of Philosophy, UNAM, Mexico). 

Those who have not pursued academia have entered a variety of professions, including law, public policy, and publishing.

Programme Structure

Research areas:
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • History of Twentieth Century Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy 
  • Nineteenth Century German Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


240 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A first-class UK Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
  • All applicants for research degrees must submit two short pieces of work, of about 2,000 words each, with their application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22900 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    5890 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5890 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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


The department has a set of funds to offer awards to research students which are allocated on the basis of merit and need. These include: Jacobsen Scholarship, a one-year award of £9,000; one or two S V Keeling Scholarships in philosophy or ancient philosophy, covering UK/EU fees and maintenance matching AHRC funding for either two years (MPhil Stud) or for up to three years (MPhil/PhD or PhD – ancient philosophy only).

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