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Philosophy

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.

Overview

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.

We have strong track record of helping students receive AHRC/College funding. If you wish to apply for AHRC/College Scholarships, please contact Professor Michael Brady,  Michael.Brady@glasgow.ac.uk.

Study options

PhD

Duration: 3 years full-time / 5 years part-time

A Doctor of Philosophy may be awarded to a student whose thesis is an original work making a significant contribution to knowledge in, or understanding of, a field of study and normally containing material worthy of publication.

Thesis Length:70,000-100,000 words, including references, bibliography and appendices (other than documentary appendices).

MLitt (Research)

Duration: 2 years full-time / 3 years part-time

Our Degree of Master of Letters (Research) requires you to undertake a postgraduate course of special study and research that represents a distinct contribution to knowledge.

Thesis length: 40,000-70,000 words (including references, bibliography and appendices)

MPhil (Research)

Duration: 1 year full-time / 2years part-time

A Master of Philosophy (Research)requires you to undertake a postgraduate course of special study and research that represents a distinct contribution to knowledge.

Thesis length: 30,000-40,000 words (including references and bibliography)

MRes (Master of Research)

Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time

Our MRes includes both taught and research elements.  You will be required to undertake 60 to 90 credits worth of taught courses as well as independent study which represents some contribution to knowledge.

Thesis length: 18,000-30,000 words (including references, bibliography and appendices)

Supervisors

All postgraduate research students are allocated a primary supervisor who will act as the main source of academic support and research mentoring.  Students are also allocated a secondary supervisor to provide a further source of support and insight.

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.

English Language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English.

Fees and funding

Fees

2016/17

  • £4,121 UK/EU
  • £15,250 outside EU

Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.

Additional fees for all students:

  • Submission by a research student £440
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work £890
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £140
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period) £250
  • General Council fee £50
  • Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.

2017/18

  • £4,195 UK/EU*
  • £16,000 outside EU

Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.

* We expect that tuition fees for EU students entering in 2017 will continue to be set at the same level as that for UK students.  However, future funding arrangements for EU students will be determined as part of the UK’s discussions on its future relationship.  If you are thinking of applying for 2017 entry, we would encourage you to do so in the usual way. For further information, please see the Research Councils UK statement on international collaboration and Universities UK Brexit FAQs for universities and students.

Additional fees for all students:

  • Submission by a research student £460
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period) £260
  • General Council fee £50
  • Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.

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 funding, please contact Professor Michael Brady Michael.Brady@glasgow.ac.uk

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).

How to apply

Please follow our 5 step application process

Before applying you should contact Professor Michael Brady to be put in touch with a suitable potential supervisor.

In consultation with your potential supervisor, you should prepare a 1000 word outline of your proposed thesis, indicating the key questions and a preliminary sketch of the central arguments. You will be required to submit this outline, along with a writing sample of recent work, as part of the application process. 

Support

Our College of Arts Graduate School creates a productive and interdisciplinary collegiate environment for all of our research students. We offer a range of services, courses and skills development opportunities for research students.

The College of Arts is home to a vibrant and diverse community of students enrolled on taught masters and research programmes within a stimulating intellectual and cultural environment. Across every school and subject area the college is home to world-leading and agenda-setting research.

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You will also be part of the wider Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, the world's first national graduate school in the Arts & Humanities. Membership includes 16 Scottish universities, four art schools & the national conservatoire, with support from the arts, culture, creative & heritage sectors. 

Resources and facilities

Postgraduate Research Students in Philosophy are offered office space in 67-9 Oakfield Avenue.

The postgraduate students have a dedicated weekly seminar in which they present their research to other students and staff.

There is also an Annual Postgraduate Reading Party in the Highlands and there are frequent international conferences and workshops which postgraduate students are encouraged to attend.

Research groups