Research course


University of Glasgow · College of Arts
PhDMLitt by researchMPhilMRes

Entry requirements

Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification.

Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:
  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Your application, including your references and research proposal, will be passed to members of staff whose expertise and research interests most closely match the area of your proposed study.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The University of Glasgow is home to a vibrant research community in philosophy; our staff are internationally recognized for their contributions to a wide range of debates in both practical and theoretical philosophy. Our research in recent Anglo-American philosophy and the philosophy of mind was recently commended as world leading.

We offer supervision and strongly encourage applications in the following areas:

  • aesthetics
  • Anglo-American philosophy (including history of analytic philosophy)
  • ethics
  • epistemology
  • history of early modern philosophy
  • logic and philosophy of logic
  • metaphysics
  • philosophy of language
  • philosophy of mathematics
  • philosophy of mind
  • philosophy of perception
  • political philosophy
  • philosophy of religion (including Eastern religion)

Current and recent PhD students have worked on Anglo-American philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of logic, philosophy of mind, philosophy of perception, philosophy of religion and political philosophy.

Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.

Information for international students

Please see the English Language requirements if your first language is not English. Please also see the international page.

Fees and funding

We have a strong track record of securing AHRC and Glasgow University College of Arts funding for our PhD students. Recent recipients of AHRC and College funding include Berta Grimau (Philosophy of Logic), Nathan Kirkwood (Anglo-American Philosophy and Quine) and Matt Linsley (Metaphysics of Change).

Potential students with 1st class results (or equivalent) are strongly encouraged to apply.
If you wish to apply for AHRC/College Scholarships, please contact Professor Michael Brady.
Applicants to the AHRC/College competitions require to be nominated by us. So please get in touch in before 15 December 2016 to give us time to discuss your application and support your nomination process. Further information on:

Carnegie Scholarships are also available to Scottish-connected students which may be nominated for a PhD at Glasgow by a member of staff (deadline is end of February).

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

MLitt by research

full time
24 months
part time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

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