PhD

Overview

UCL Philosophy admits graduate students to work for the degrees of MA, MPhil Stud, MPhil/PhD, and PhD.

On the whole, it is felt that those who have such a goal will, in the first instance, be better served by the MPhil Stud, since it provides a broader background and training in philosophy, before proceeding to the PhD.

Structure

The PhD degree is awarded on the basis of a thesis of approximately 75,000 (not more than 80,000) words. The candidate is also given a viva voce examination.
The normal route to PhD study in the department is by way of undertaking the two-year MPhil Stud. Those who have already completed the two-year MPhil Stud may expect to take between two and three additional years in completing their PhD.

Entry & Application

  • Those who have completed the Philosophy MPhil Stud are made an offer of entry direct to PhD study.
  • In exceptional circumstances, applicants who have completed sufficient graduate training in philosophy by the time they enrol will be considered for admission as MPhil/PhD students. Decisions concerning eligibility for entry at this point in the programme will be made by the admissions tutor when reviewing application materials.
  • MPhil/PhD students must also submit a detailed PhD research proposal of 5,000 words at the end of their first year of study before they are upgraded to the status of full PhD candidate in their second and third years. 
  • Decisions concerning eligibility for entry at this point in the programme will be made by the admissions tutor when reviewing application materials.

Deadlines

The deadline for applications to the MA Philosophy, MPhil Stud and PhD is 1 February each year.

Application

All applicants for research degrees (MPhil Stud, MPhil/PhD or PhD) should submit two short pieces of work; c. 2,000 words each, with their application. When using the online admissions system there are various points where you are able to and/or required to upload certain documents. Please note that you are only able to upload documents less than 2 MB in size and in the file formats .doc, .docx, .jpg or .pdf. More information about uploads is available here

You can upload the writing samples instead of one of the other documents requested (e.g. CV, English language certificate or Transcript). 

Requirements

MPhil Stud: a first-class UK Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

MPhil/PhD: a one-year research degree in Philosophy or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Exceptions may be made in the case of candidates with strong upper second class Honours degrees, or equivalent qualifications, supported by good references.

In exceptional circumstances, applicants for research degrees who will have completed sufficient graduate training in philosophy by the time they enrol will be considered for admission as MPhil/PhD students.

Decisions concerning eligibility for entry at this point in the programme will be made by the admissions tutor when reviewing application materials.

The preferred route to studying for a PhD in the department is by taking the two year MPhil Stud degree first. When applying online for the MPhil Stud online the course code RMPPHISING09 in the Research Subject Area / Taught Programme Title section.

The number of new research students registering each year about 10. Overall there are roughly 50 research students in the department.

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Research Affiliate Applications 

The department warmly welcomes graduate students who are working towards higher degrees at other universities and who would wish to do either course work or research in London for a period normally of one year.

Arrangements can be made for the award of grades or other credits that may be required by the degree-giving university.

Postdoctoral students may also be admitted for short periods, and the experience of the department is that such arrangements are highly beneficial. Finally, the department accept students who (for financial reasons etc.) wish to enrol on a part-time basis; and this lengthens their period of study.

Careers

Recent graduates have gained prestigious fellowships (University of London Jacobsen Fellowship and All Souls College Oxford Prize Fellow and Oxford Career Development Fellowship) as well as postdoctoral placements in Europe (University of Antwerp, Merton College, Oxford, Somerville College, Oxford and the Institute of Philosophy at UNAM, Mexico). Others have gone on to lectureships in various UK universities (Cambridge, Oxford, Manchester and Stirling).

Funding

Details of specific opportunities for Philosophy students, either at a departmental or faculty level, will be posted here.

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