Research course


University of St Andrews · Philosophy Department

Entry requirements

A good masters degree, equivalent to the St Andrews and Stirling (SASP) M.Litt programme.

Months of entry


Course content

St Andrews is one of the leading international centres for Philosophy in the UK.

Core strengths

  • St Andrews is a large philosophical centre, with fifteen permanent academic staff, as well as additional post-doctoral fellows, visiting professors and graduate tutors.
  • There is a wide range of courses on offer at every level.
  • Teaching resources are excellent, including a class library located in the Philosophy building.
  • There is a rich and varied programme of distinguished visiting scholars and lecturers, as well as a very active undergraduate Philosophy Society that organizes talks, debates, parties and other social events.
  • The Philosophy Department have been taking their final-year students to Burn House in Angus on reading parties for many decades, a tradition that continues to the present day.
  • In the latest UK-wide assessment of the research of UK universities (REF 2014) the philosophy department was ranked 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK (by grade point average). 83% of research was assessed as either 4* or 3*.
  • The University's Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs and the Arché Philosophy Research Centre draw visiting scholars from many other institutions.

Department specialisms

Philosophy of Language; Logic; Philosophy of Mathematics; Ethics; Aesthetics; Value Theory; History of Philosophy; Analytic Philosophy.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) score

Top in Scotland, UK Ranking: 2nd

Information for international students

English Language requirements: IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
Fees confirmed early 2017
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
12-24 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 462486