Philosophy MPhil/PhD

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£4,635 (FT)
£16,690 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 February 2015

Entry Requirements

A one-year research 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.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Research areas

There is a provision for those who have sufficient graduate training in Philosophy to be admitted to the three-year MPhil/PhD programme.

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


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.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website


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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Tutor, Christchurch College, University of Oxford (2013)
  • Temporary Lectureship, Queen's College, University of Oxford (2013)
  • Junior Research Fellow, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge (2012)
  • Lectureship, University of Kent (2013)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, UNAM (Universidad National Autonoma de Mexico) (2012)


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.


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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Student / staff ratios › 22 staff › 36 taught students › 52 research students

Department: Philosophy

Degree reviews

Alumni review

"The university is also a gateway for accessing a broader philosophy scene in London, such as the Aristotelian Society and the Institute of Philosophy."

Craig French

Subject: Philosophy PhD
Alumni review

"UCL Philosophy combines the intimacy that you get with a faculty of around 15, as well as the breadth and depth of expertise of a much larger faculty, as it is part of the wider London philosophical scene."

Lee Walters

Subject: Philosophy MA, MPhil, PhD

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Application deadlines

All applicants
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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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