PhD Philosophy / Entry requirements

Year of entry: 2023

Academic entry qualification overview

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.

English language

Candidates whose first language is not English require one of the following:

  • IELTS test minimum scores - 7 overall, 7 in writing and with no further score below 6.5;
  • TOEFL IBT minimum scores - 103 overall, 28 in writing and no further score below 25;
  • To demonstrate that you have taken an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a majority English speaking nation within the last 5 years.
  • Other tests may be considered - please contact us for advice.

Please note:

  • All non-native English speaking students are required to do the English language assessment when they register in September.
  • Any non-native English speaking student going away for fieldwork in an overseas, non-English speaking country are required to re-take the English assessment when they come back to Manchester.
  • All non UK non-native English speaking applicants must have obtained the minimum IELTS or TOEFL score in order to obtain a CAS for their visa.
  • Scores are valid for 2 years.

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, a PDF copy of your passport received and the offer accepted.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.