Research course

Philosophical Studies

UCL - University College London · Philosophy

Entry 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.

Months of entry


Course content

The normal route to PhD study in the department is by way of undertaking the two-year MPhil Stud initially. Students who have completed the MPhil Stud (or an equivalent) will have gained sufficient depth and breadth of knowledge to progress to the two-year (minimum) PhD. Research areas include: 19th-century German philosophy 19th- and 20th-century continental philosophy Ancient philosophy Epistemology Ethics History of 20th-century philosophy Metaphysics Philosophy of language Philosophy of mathematics Philosophy of mind Political philosophy Philosophy of science

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT)
International students
£16,690 (FT)

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 the Follett Scholarship, a one-year award of £13,000; the S V Keeling Scholarship, a three-year scholarship to support research in philosophy, principally in ancient philosophy, worth £7,500 per year; Ayer, Dawes Hicks, Jacobsen, Melhuish, J S Mill Scholarships, each worth £500–£1,000.

Funding opportunities available for students is provided by the UCL Graduate School.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Mr Richard Edwards
+44 (0)20 7679 7115