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PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

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Course Summary

Philosophy at the University of Glasgow is thriving. Our vibrant research environment includes an active community of postgraduate students and engaged staff who are internationally recognised for their contributions to a wide range of philosophical debates.


Our staff supervise a wide range of the core areas of philosophy, including:

  • aesthetics
  • ethics
  • epistemology
  • history of analytic and early modern philosophy
  • logic and philosophy of logic
  • metaphysics
  • philosophy of language
  • philosophy of mathematics
  • philosophy of mind
  • political philosophy.

Current areas of research, which may transcend and cut across these core areas, include:

  • affect
  • autonomy in moral and political philosophy
  • causation and explanation
  • cognitive penetration
  • consent
  • distributive justice
  • ethical intuitionism
  • end of life ethics
  • knowledge-how
  • imagination
  • mental qualities
  • moral psychology
  • pain and suffering
  • philosophy of emotion
  • philosophy of perception
  • philosophy of virtual and augmented reality
  • social choice theory
  • social epistemology
  • totality
  • virtue ethics and epistemology.

A Doctor of Philosophy may be awarded to a student whose thesis is an original work making a significant contribution to knowledge in, or understanding of, a field of study and normally containing material worthy of publication.

Thesis Length: 70,000-100,000 words, including references, bibliography and appendices (other than documentary appendices).

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Full time | University of Glasgow | 3 years | 14-SEP-20

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Entry requirements

Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group, and is one of only two universities in the UK to be awarded a 5 Stars Plus by the QS University Rankings 2017. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The...more

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