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What will I learn?

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).

Which department am I in?

College of Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£20,400.00 (US$ 22,723) per year
Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Additional fees applicable.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2023


University of Glasgow

The Fraser Building,

65 Hillhead Street,


Glasgow, City Of,

G12 8QQ, Scotland

Entry requirements

For international students

Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) in philosophy, although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification in philosophy. IELTS (Academic): 7.0 with no sub-test under 7.0. ibTOEFL: 100 with minimum R 24, L 24, S 23, W 27.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Glasgow

Glasgow is a place where people have been making world changing discoveries for over 500 years and students become innovative global pioneers.

  • Based in Glasgow, a UNESCO city of music
  • Ranked in the top 100 universities in the world
  • Fourth-oldest higher education provider in the UK
  • Over 600 different courses on offer

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