Ph.D. On Campus

Philosophy (Distance Learning)

University of York

36 months
18900 GBP/year
4650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Students on the Philosophy (Distance Learning) programme from University of York follow an approved programme of research supervised by a member of academic staff and informed by a Thesis Advisory Panel.


Key Features

Alongside this academic support, students are supported by a programme of training in research methods and transferable skills. Students are assessed solely on the basis of their research, which must include original work, by at least two individually appointed examiners, one of whom will be external to the University.

The Philosophy (Distance Learning) programme from University of York is ideal for students with commitments which prevent them from being resident within reasonable travelling distance of York. While a minimum of two weeks of attendance per academic year is required (for registration, training, meetings with the thesis advisory panel and the annual PhD Progression Day), this programme allows students to research overseas and elsewhere in the UK while still receiving support and training online and by video-conferencing. Access to an internet connection and relevant library and/or archives is essential for this programme. Details of requirements for attendance, in person and online, may be obtained from Dr Janet Eldred [].

Programme Structure

  • Members of the Department have research interests in Aesthetics, art and literature; History of philosophy (with particular interests in early modern philosophy and German idealism); Metaphysics (including philosophy of mathematics and philosophy of time); Phenomenology and continental philosophy; Philosophy of medicine and health; Philosophy of mind and perception; Philosophy of religion; Political and legal philosophy; and Theoretical and applied ethics (including ethics of AI).

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

In most cases, applications can be submitted year-round. However, we recommend that you apply as early as possible as some areas are particularly competitive.


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally, applicants should have, or be expected to obtain, an MA in Philosophy or an equivalent qualification.
  • MPhil candidates should apply for the MPhil programme, PhD candidates should apply for the PhD programme, and PhD by Distance Learning candidates should apply for PhD by Distance Learning programme. Progression for research degrees follows the guidelines of the University's Policy on Research Degrees.
  • When making their application, candidates are advised to make their research proposals as specific and clear as possible. Where possible, they should indicate the member(s) of staff that they would wish to work with. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18900 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4650 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • UK Part-time: £2,325
  • International/EU Part-time: £9,450

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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