Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £4,635 (FT)
- £16,690 (FT)
- All applicants:
- 1 February 2015
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.
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 include:
- 19th-century German philosophy
- 19th- and 20th-century continental philosophy
- Ancient philosophy
- History of 20th-century philosophy
- 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
"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 FrenchSubject: Philosophy PhD
"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 WaltersSubject: 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?
- All applicants
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now