Research course


University of Edinburgh · School of Philosophy, Psychology and Languages Science

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Edinburgh has one of the top-ranked Philosophy departments in the UK for research.

In the latest UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 65% of our research activity was judged to be either "world-leading" or "internationally excellent" (as a guide, this puts us on a par with the Departments of Philosophy at Oxford and Cambridge).

While we have particular areas of particular research strength (as indicated by our six research groups listed above), we are able to supervise a thesis on almost any area of analytical philosophy.

We maintain close links with other disciplines/subject areas within the University, such as psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, informatics, jurisprudence, politics, classics and the Science Studies Unit.

Within Scotland, we have close ties with the Philosophy departments of all the major universities, in particular those of St Andrews, Stirling, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

We host six research groups in areas of philosophy where we have particular strengths:

  • ancient philosophy;
  • early modern philosophy;
  • epistemology;
  • ethics;
  • logic and language;
  • mind and cognition.

These research groups are the focus for a range of research activities, such as conferences, workshops, reading groups, colloquia, and so forth.

In addition, we host specific research projects, such as the Archelogos and Contact projects.

Information for international students

Represents a wide variety of philosophical positions and approaches.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

PPLS Postgraduate Office
+44 (0) 131 651 5002