Philosophy at Glasgow consists of a vibrant community of scholars tackling fundamental questions at the forefront of the limits of knowledge.

Our research-driven programmes will help prepare you for PhD study or a career in the public or private sectors. Our research expertise includes epistemology, philosophy of mind, and perception, history of analytic philosophy, logic, language and mathematics, metaphysics, moral and political philosophy.

You will benefit from an extraordinary amount of staff time and attention and are encouraged to informally exchange ideas with both staff and other students, and to attend and participate in many research seminars, workshops and conferences.

If you study with us you will also be following in the footsteps of past professors, who include such giants of empiricism as Adam Smith and Thomas Reid.

Postgraduate taught programmes

We offer three Philosophy Masters programmes, including a conversion option for those who don’t already have a degree in Philosophy. All degrees put you in a position to apply for the PhD in Philosophy.

Research opportunities

We offer the following research study options: PhD, MLitt and MPhil.

You will have the opportunity to engage with specialist research at the interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience. The centre brings together philosophers and scientists to work on the nature of the mind, perceptual experience, virtual reality, emotions, and hedonics.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in the research activities of one of the largest and most active epistemology research communities in the world, the COGITO Epistemology Research Centre. COGITO brings together specialists in contemporary epistemology, as well as at the intersection of epistemology with philosophy of language and mind, ethics, political philosophy and philosophy of gender and race.

You may want to identify and contact a potential supervisor to discuss your research proposal before you apply.