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MPhil and PhD in Philosophy, MA in Philosophy by Research

Students on the MPhil, PhD and MA in Philosophy by Research follow an approved programme of research supervised by a member of academic staff and informed by a Thesis Advisory Panel. Alongside this academic support, students are supported by a programme of training in research methods and transferable skills. Students are assessed solely on the basis of their research, which must include original work, by at least two individually appointed examiners, one of whom will be external to the University.

Funding opportunities for 2016/17 entry can be found on our web pages at Postgraduate Funding.

The lengths of the programmes are as follows:

ProgrammeFull-timePart-time
MA in Philosophy by Research 12 months 24 months
MPhil 24 months 48 months
PhD 36 months 72 months

The minimum requirements for admission to the programmes are an upper second or first class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in any subject (and for the MPhil and PhD, normally an MA that includes some philosophy, with an average mark of at least 60, or its equivalent), a satisfactory research proposal of 1,000 - 2,000 words, and for students whose first language is not English, meeting the Department's English language requirement. Prospective students should consult the Departmental Requirements on the webpages below for the minimum level of English language proficiency required:

All UK-based applicants will have a formal interview with their prospective supervisor and another academic, normally the Director of Research Programmes.

The programmes are assessed solely on the student's thesis. The requirements for the lengths of the theses are as follows.

ProgrammeMinimumMaximum
MA in Philosophy by Research 20,000 words 30,000 words
MPhil 40,000 words 60.000 words
PhD 60,000 words 80,000 words

Applications are invited from candidates wishing to work in all the major areas of interest in the Department.

Members of the Department have research interests in Ancient Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy (Descartes to Kant), Post-Kantian Philosophy, History of Analytic Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Language and Logic, Philosophy of Mind and Psychology, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics and Epistemology, Ethical Theory, and Applied Ethics. More details are available concerning the research interests of individual members of the Department and cognate faculty members.

When making their application, candidates are advised to make their research proposals as specific and clear as possible. All candidates are required to submit samples of written work with their application: two samples of written work (3,000 words per sample) for the MPhil and PhD programmes, and one sample of written work (3,000 words) for the MA in Philosophy by Research. All candidates are also required to submit a research proposal (1,000 - 2,000 words). Preliminary enquiries about your research proposal should be addressed in the first instance to your potential supervisor (Staff list). General enquiries about funding and study at York should be sent to philosophy-postgrad@york.ac.uk .

As part of their course of study, research students engage in a programme of training in transferable skills and research management. This training is delivered by both the Department and the University. For more information, see information for current postgraduates.