Research course


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

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a related subject.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

We are one of the world’s leading philosophy departments for research.

In the recent Research Evaluation Framework (REF 2014) we were rated the best philosophy department in Scotland and 2nd best in the UK, based on volume of world-leading and internationally excellent research.

In the most recent (2014) edition of the Philosophical Gourmet Report, an international ranking of postgraduate programmes, we were ranked as one of the top departments worldwide in seven different areas of philosophy.

Our research environment was also given the maximum rating of 100% for its suitability for producing world-leading or internationally excellent research. The department has close links with other subject areas within the University, such as psychology, linguistics, informatics, jurisprudence, politics and classics.

We are also home to EIDYN, a philosophical research centre that hosts multiple international conferences, workshops and visiting scholars every year.

Our research and teaching spans most areas of philosophy, but we have particular expertise in the following research areas:

History of Philosophy

The research interests of our Ancient philosophy faculty include ancient metaphysics and ethics, ancient and medieval philosophy and science, the Presocratics, Plato and Aristotle. Several of our faculty have research expertise in the core period of early modern philosophy (Hobbes to Kant) and subsequent developments from the German Romantics to British Hegelians. Within these periods, faculty have particular research interests in issues in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind and language, philosophy of science.


Our world-leading group of epistemologists have research interests in scepticism (including its history), epistemic value, contextualism, social epistemology, epistemic responsibility, perceptual knowledge, rationality, the nature of cognitive processes, and virtue epistemology.


Our internationally renowned Ethics research cluster has particular research strengths in ethical theory, meta-ethics, normative theory and political philosophy.

Logic and Language

The department has growing research strengths in Logic, Language and related topics, with faculty members working on Godel's results, theories of truth deflationism, semantic paradoxes, the applicability of mathematics, proof theory, theoretical syntax, pragmatics, proof theory, and non-classical logic.

Mind and Cognition

Our research team ranks among the world leaders in this fast-moving area, and specialises in the study of embodiment, consciousness, perception, action, and situated reason. Our researchers benefit from close links with the University's world-leading informatics, linguistics and psychology departments.

Philosophy of Science

Philosophy of science at the University of Edinburgh specialises in the philosophy of the natural sciences, and the philosophy of cognitive sciences. Topics we cover include: laws, causation, realism, time, models, explanation, measurement and fictionalism.

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Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

PPLS Postgraduate Office
+44 (0) 131 651 5002