PhD Philosophy / Overview

Year of entry: 2023

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Duration
3 years
Entry requirements

Candidates MUST normally have;

  • Bachelor's (Honours) degree (or overseas equivalent) at 2:1 level or above in a cognate subject, and
  • Normally a Master's degree at 65% overall average with minimum 65% in dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant cognate subject, preferably one with a substantial research methods component. Transcripts will be carefully scrutinised to ensure that applicants have the required background.
  • Note; due to the volume of applications received each year, and limited spaces, regrettably offers cannot be made to all applicants who satisfy the academic entry criteria.
  • All applicants who pass the initial assessment stage will be interviewed before any offer is confirmed.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Please ensure you include all required supporting documents at the time of submission, as incomplete applications may not be considered.

Application Deadlines

Admission to studying for a PhD is highly competitive, so please allow as much time as possible to prepare your application, browse our research pages and academics' profiles, and familiarise yourself with the application process and any important deadlines.

To be considered for external funding sources (for example, ESRC NWSSDTP), you need to apply far enough in advance of the relevant external funding deadlines, which are usually much earlier than the programme deadline listed below. For internal studentships from the School of Social Sciences, you must submit your completed application by 1 December 2022.

If you are applying for or have secured external funding (for example, from an employer or government) or are self-funding, you must submit your application before the relevant deadline to be considered. You will not be able to apply after these deadlines have passed.

  • For September 2023 entry: 30 June 2023
  • For January 2024 entry: 30 September 2023  

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y Y N N

Programme overview

  • Become part of a lively PhD community, with weekly PGR led research seminars. 
  • Gain the opportunity to regularly present and discuss your work within your department and at conferences.
  • Benefit from access to experts in a range of philosophical research areas.

Open days

The University holds annual open days, where you will have the opportunity to find out more about our facilities and programmes.  

On this day, you will learn more about the School of Social Sciences, our Philosophy department, and our resources.  

You will also be able to meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions that you may have. 

For more information, see open days .

Fees

Fees for entry in 2023 have not yet been set. For reference, the fees for the academic year beginning September 2022 were as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £4,596
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £20,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): TBA
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £10,250

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

Scholarships/sponsorships

We receive money from a range of sources to help you fund your research and have a variety of awards on offer, covering tuition fees and a generous stipend, including research council and school studentships and the  President's Doctoral Scholar award .  

Application deadlines for internal funding opportunities are often at the beginning of December for programmes starting the following September. Please check our How to Apply page for more up-to-date information.  

If you're planning to apply for a scholarship or award that is not attached to a particular project, you will normally need to hold an offer of a place from the University before applying. 

Search for current funding opportunities by country and research programme using our  funding database search tool.

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
School of Social Sciences
Telephone
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/philosophy
School/Faculty

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