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Research Degrees

As a PhD student at Southampton, you will be part of a vibrant research culture with a strong and growing postgraduate community at its heart.

We have a long-established international reputation for our work in the History of Philosophy, especially 19th century German philosophy; in analytic aesthetics; and in the thought of Wittgenstein. More recently, the department has become known for world-leading work in epistemology and ethics. We also have strengths in metaphysics, and the philosophies of mind and language. You can find out more about our main overlapping areas of research on our Research pages and more about our staff on our Staff pages.

Regular seminars, visits from leading speakers, research projects, our annual postgraduate masterclass, and many other events will enable you to participate in Philosophy's dynamic research culture.

Southampton is a member of the South, West & Wales Partnership.

Informal inquiries are very welcome and can be directed to Professor Genia Schoenbaumsfeld, Postgraduate Admissions Officer

PhD by Distance Learning

It is also possible to study for a PhD at Southampton by distance learning. Periods of candidature are as for the traditional PhD programmes. However, the distance learning programme enables you to study away from Southampton, communicating with your spervisors via e-mail, telephone and Skype. While the programme is designed to allow flexibility for candidates not able to move full time to Southampton, we do expect some visits to the University for supervisory meeting, doctoral training sessions and events such as upgrades.

Key facts

Entry Requirements:Normally MA Philosophy (distinction); other qualifications will be considered

Duration: Up to four years (full-time); Three - Seven years (part-time)

Assessment: The goal of an MPhil/PhD is a final thesis of 75,000 words. This thesis will be examined by an internal and external examiner at an oral examination.

Closing Date: 1st September - but dependent on funding body deadlines. Informal enquiries are welcome at any time.

Fees: See programme fees and funding page

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