Research course


The University of Manchester · Philosophy

Entry requirements

Applicants for the PhD are expected to have a UK Masters degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant Social Science subject with a minimum overall average of 60%.

Months of entry


Course content

Candidates are required to prepare a substantial thesis, usually in the region of 80,000 words, which constitutes an addition to knowledge on a subject falling within the scope of the School of Law and in addition to satisfy the examiners in an oral examination on the subject of the thesis. The subject is chosen by the candidate, but must be approved by the Postgraduate Affairs Committee. A synopsis outlining the proposed research must be submitted together with the application for admission to the School.

Department specialisms

Contemporary Metaphysics; Laws of Nature; Causation; Free Will; Philosophy of Language; Metaphysics; Ethics; Ancient Philosophy; Idealism; Medical Ethics; Jewish Philosophy; Philosophy and Law; Philosophy of Mind and Action; Philosophy of Science; History of Logical Positivism.

Information for international students

IELTS 7 with 7 in the writing test. TOEFL 625 (263 in the computer based) with 5 in the test for written English.Internet based score of 100 with 25 in each element. Grade C Cambridge Proficiencey Certificate. We also recommend students attend pre-sessional English Language Courses.

Fees and funding

AHRB Scholarships, ESRC awards, ORS (fees only), university research scholarship, Departmental Scholarships.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Vicky Barnes
+ 44 (0)161 275 4743
+ 44 (0)161 275 2450