MPhil - An upper second-class degree (or international equivalent).
Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of your readiness to pursue a research degree.
PhD - A master's qualification, or be working towards a master's qualification, or international equivalent. Applicants without a master's qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a first-class undergraduate degree (or international equivalent). Applicants with a non-traditional background may be considered provided they can demonstrate substantial equivalent and relevant experience that has prepared them to undertake their proposed course of study.
Months of entry
The Department of Philosophy has a reputation for high-quality research across the subject. We are particularly well known for our strength in logic and the philosophy of science and mathematics, as well as expertise in applied ethics, formal epistemology, phenomenology and the philosophy of medicine.
We have an active postgraduate community and internationally renowned staff who set the agenda and break new ground in their respective fields. Teaching and supervision are informed by the latest research and we are proud of the contributions made by our postgraduates to the department's vibrant research culture.
We have an exciting seminar/colloquium and conference programme, including regular seminars in philosophy and history of science, medicine, mathematics and logic, as well as weekly departmental seminars with visiting speakers, and joint sessions run with the Departments of Physics, Mathematics, English, History, Medicine, Psychology and Politics. We also host the Centre for Science and Philosophy, which promotes the interpretation of science through collaboration with other disciplines.
In the 2017/18 Philosophical Gourmet Report, the leading reputational ranking of Anglophone philosophy departments, the department was rated as follows: first or joint first in the UK for Philosophy of Biology, General Philosophy of Science and Mathematical Logic; second or joint second for Decision, Rational Choice and Game Theory and Philosophy of Mathematics; third in the UK for Philosophy of Social Sciences and Philosophical Logic; and fourth in the UK for Philosophy of Physics.
Individual members of staff have been successful in attracting external and internal research awards. The department currently hosts five major research projects:
- Havi Carel, The Life of Breath (Wellcome Trust)
- Samir Okasha, Darwinism and Rational Choice (European Research Council)
- Richard Pettigrew, Epistemic Utility Theory: Foundations and Applications (European Research Council)
- James Ladyman, Applying Homotopy Type Theory in Logic, Metaphysics, and the Philosophy of Physics (Leverhulme Trust)
- Richard Pettigrew, The Scientific Approach to Epistemology (Leverhulme Trust)
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions Team