Those who have not already completed the MPhil Stud (or equivalent) are required to take graduate modules assessed by several papers in their first year to upgrade to PhD status.
Our research is consistently ranked among the best in the country. The Philosophy department has a lively and flourishing postgraduate community, and advanced research students are offered opportunities to gain teaching experience.
We enjoy 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.
Recent graduates with a PhD in Philosophy from University College London have gained prestigious academic fellowships as well as postdoctoral placements in the UK and elsewhere in Europe (for example at the University of Oxford, the University of London, University of Cambridge, Sheffield University, University of Antwerp, and the Institute of Philosophy, UNAM, Mexico). Others have gone on to lectureships in the UK (for example at the University of Oxford, University of York, LSE) and overseas at the University of Cape Town and the University of Melbourne.
Those who have not pursued an academic career have entered a variety of professions, including law, public policy, and publishing.
Programme StructureResearch areas:
- Ancient Philosophy
- History of 20th-Century Philosophy
- Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy
- Nineteenth Century German Philosophy
- Philosophy of Language
- Philosophy of Mind
- Political Philosophy
- 36 months
- 60 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
- The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.
DisciplinesPhilosophy & Ethics Political Science View 44 other PhDs in Political Science in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- The usual prerequisite for the MPhil/PhD is a one-year research degree in Philosophy or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
- Direct admission to the PhD requires the MPhil Stud (or equivalent).
- All applicants for research degrees must submit two short pieces of work, of about 2,000 words each, with their application.
International21780 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 21780 GBP per year during 36 months.
National5690 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 36 months.
- UK: £2,845
- International: £11,080
Living costs for London
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
MPhil/PhD and PhD candidates will be considered for AHRC funding through the LAHP (London Arts & Humanities Partnership), whose members are UCL, King's College London, and the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. Other scholarships and sources of funding may be available; please check the UCL Scholarships and Funding website. You should take note of funding application deadlines as these can differ from programme application deadlines.
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