Entry requirements

A Master’s level degree in Philosophy or a Master’s degree (or equivalent) with a significant Philosophy component; a strong research proposal; a sample of academic writing on a philosophical topic relevant to your research proposal around 2,500 words in length.

See our departmental guidance.

Please make sure you check the full course details online before you apply.

Months of entry


Course content

The Philosophy PhD is a leading programme, suiting students who thrive on independent study. You will undertake a substantial research project as part of an active research community, supervised by world-leading experts at the University of Warwick's Department of Philosophy.

The Warwick PhD in Philosophy is aimed at outstanding students who wish to pursue advanced research in philosophy and prepare to become professional researchers in, and/or teachers of, philosophy.

As a PhD student, you will produce an 80,000 word thesis that can provide the basis for professional publication. You will contribute to the research environment in the department by taking part in work in progress seminars, and contributing to the activities of the department’s research centres. While many UK philosophy departments possess strength in analytic philosophy or continental philosophy, we are distinctive in having world-leading philosophers from both fields.

Information for international students

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

  • Band B
  • IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

Fees and funding

For more information on funding please visit our Postgraduate fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
024 7657 4058