Philosophy research degrees

Our postgraduate research in philosophy including entry requirements for PhDs and other research degrees.

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Philosophy at the University of Dundee offers both taught postgraduate courses and supervision for postgraduate degrees by research.

We welcome applicants who already have an Honours degree in Philosophy, as well as those with backgrounds in related disciplines who wish to take up philosophy at an advanced level. We are also keen to support interdisciplinary work, particularly in Philosophy and the Arts, Philosophy and the Life Sciences, and Philosophy and Technology.

If you wish to work in one of the following areas, we would be particularly interested in hearing from you:

  • European Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy
  • Philosophy and the Arts
  • Philosophy and the Life Sciences
  • Philosophy and Technology

For more information about Research in Philosophy at Dundee, please visit the Philosophy webpage.

Propose your own PhD topic

If you want to propose your PhD topic, you can use the contact details below to contact a staff member to discuss your proposal.

How to write your best postgraduate research proposal

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree at 2.1 or above, and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

English language requirements

IELTS (overall) Reading Listening Speaking Writing
7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0

We also accept other English language qualifications

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you are a national of certain countries.

Don't meet the English language requirements?

English language programmes

Prepare for university study and benefit from extra English tuition with an English language programme.

Philosophy PhD tuition fees

Academic year of entry Scottish/Rest of UK fee status International fee status
2023/24 £4,712 
per year of study
per year of study
2024/25 £4,786 
per year of study
per year of study

Tuition fee per year of study (subject to a 3% annual increase for Scottish/Rest of UK students and a 5% annual increase for International students).

Part time study, where available, is charged on a pro-rata basis.

Scottish/Rest of UK fee status annual increase

Each year, UKRI sets a recommended fee and stipend level for Scottish/Rest of UK students, which we use as the basis for fees charged to this group.

UKRI usually increases its fee and stipend levels in line with inflation, based on the Treasury GDP deflator. 

Therefore, the Scottish/Rest of UK fees detailed in this table for 2025/26 (and beyond) can only be estimated according to the typical increase. 

The fee charged to you may differ, though only slightly, from the figure given.

Fees and funding

AHRC Funded Scholarships

The University of Dundee is part of a consortium of eight Higher Education institutions which has been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland. Under the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme, the consortium - comprised of the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde and Glasgow  - will consider applications for doctoral studentship awards in the majority of Arts and Humanities subjects.

Apply for a research degree

You can apply for a PhD or other postgraduate research degree using our Direct Application System.

We have three start dates per academic year.

PhD Philosophy

PhD Philosophy (part time)

Humanities (non-graduating) (research)

See also: Humanities (Professional Doctorate) DProf

The University of Dundee welcomes applications from disabled students.