Philosophical Studies MPhil Stud


Research areas:

The normal route to PhD study in the department is by way of undertaking the two-year MPhil Stud initially. Students who have completed the MPhil Stud (or an equivalent) will have gained sufficient depth and breadth of knowledge to progress to the two-year (minimum) PhD.

Research areas include:
  • 19th-century German philosophy
  • 19th- and 20th-century continental philosophy
  • Ancient philosophy
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • History of 20th-century philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of language
  • Philosophy of mathematics
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Political philosophy
  • Philosophy of science

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Entry requirements

A first-class UK Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. All applicants for research degrees must submit two short pieces of work, of about 2,000 words each, with their application.

English level expected: Good

Application

  • All applicants: 1 February 2014
Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,200

Funding

The department has a set of funds to offer awards to research students which are allocated on the basis of merit and need. These include the Follett Scholarship, a one-year award of £13,000; the S V Keeling Scholarship, a three-year scholarship to support research in philosophy, principally in ancient philosophy, worth £7,500 per year; Ayer, Dawes Hicks, Jacobsen, Melhuish, J S Mill Scholarships, each worth £500–£1,000.

Scholarships available for this department

AJ Ayer Scholarship in Philosopy

This scholarship is based on academic merit and financial need.

AJ Ayer-Sumitomo Corporation Scholarship

This scholarship is based on academic merit and financial need.

Dawes Hicks Postgraduate Scholarship

For prospective research students in the Department of Philosophy. This award is based on academic merit. There is no application form; all eligible students are automatically considered based on their admission applications.

Downing Postgraduate Scholarship

For prospective research students in the Department of Philosophy. This award is based on academic merit. There is no application form; all eligible students are automatically considered based on their admission applications.

Follett Scholarship

For prospective research students in the Department of Philosophy. This award is based on academic merit. There is no application form; all eligible students are automatically considered based on their admission applications.

Jacobsen Scholarship

For prospective research students in the Department of Philosophy. This award is based on academic merit. There is no application form; all eligible students are automatically considered based on their admission applications.

Keeling Scholarship

For prospective research students in the Department of Philosophy. This award is based on academic merit, however, students must show competence in dealing with Greek and Latin texts. There is no application form; all eligible students are automatically considered based on their admission applications.

George Melhuish Postgraduate Scholarship

For prospective research students in the Department of Philosophy. This award is based on academic merit. There is no application form; all eligible students are automatically considered based on their admission applications. Preference is given to students deemed likely to publish books of Philosophy at the culmination of their research.

John Stuart Mill Scholarship in Philosophy of Mind and Logic

For prospective research students in the Department of Philosophy. This award is based on academic merit. There is no application form; all eligible students are automatically considered based on their admission applications.

Arnaldo Momigliano Scholarship in Arts

For students of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa who wish to apply to UCL as an affiliate student for a graduate research programme in any Department of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities. Students must contact authorities of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa in order to be nominated. This scholarship is based on academic merit. This award was founded in 1989 to commemorate the work of Arnaldo Momigliano, KBE, FBA, Professor of Ancient History at UCL (1951-75) by his daughter, Professor Laura Lepschy.

Wolfson Scholarships

The intention is that Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field. Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded solely on academic merit. Ideally the successful students would aspire to an academic career.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Career

Recent graduates have gained prestigious fellowships as well as postdoctoral placements in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. Others have gone on to lectureships in the UK.


Employability

The breadth and quantity of pre-doctoral graduate-level modules required by the UCL MPhil Stud programme is unmatched by any other UK Philosophy department, ensuring that our research students enter specialist doctoral work with a deep general understanding of the discipline.

The department has an outstanding job placement record in a highly competitive market that values a range of areas of teaching competence in addition to an area of specialisation. Students also receive training in transferable presentational skills, interview practice and teaching methods.

Networking

The department has links with US universities (Berkeley, Columbia and Yale). Academic staff are involved in the running of the Aristotelian Society, which is the main philosophy society in the UK.


Next steps

Contact

Mr Richard Edwards

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7115

Department

Philosophy

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