Research course


University of Bristol · Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

MPhil - An upper second-class degree (or international equivalent).

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).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Department of Philosophy is one of the best in the UK. With 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 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, philosophy of mathematics and mathematical logic; and second or joint second for philosophical logic, general philosophy of science and philosophy of social science.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0) 117 331 8443