The PhD – the most advanced research degree – leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words under the expert guidance of a supervisory committee. You will be assigned a lead supervisor from our full-time staff and one or more co-supervisors drawn from our entire staff, including Distinguished Research Professors. You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning.
You can study an MA by Research or PhD programme on campus or by distance learning. Please note that if you are studying with us by distance learning, there is a compulsory annual visit to campus (every two years for part-time PhD students) - please see our frequently asked questions about distance learning to find out more.
All PhD candidates are provided with regular meetings with the members of their supervisory committee. The principal role of these meetings is to guide candidates through the process of conceiving, researching and writing their dissertations. In addition, the departmental Director of Research Students will function as an academic advisor, providing general academic assistance and guidance. And you will also be given a departmental Mentor to assist with pastoral care and more practical issues. Additional research training is available and you will be provided with office space and computer, printing and copying facilities.
You are also encouraged to attend a weekly PG Research Seminar and the regular meetings of the Department's Philosophy Society, and Staff Seminar, as well as to apply for funds to attend and participate in graduate conferences.
If you are interested in our postgraduate research programmes in Philosophy, please have a look at our research areas and contact the departmental Director of Research Admissions (Professor Scott Sturgeon, firstname.lastname@example.org), for advice on formulating your research proposal.
At Birmingham you also have the option of studying languages, free of charge. Almost no other UK University offers you the opportunity to learn the intense graduate academic language skills which you may need to pursue your research.
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2015/16 are currently as follows:
Home / EU £4,052 full-time; £2,026 part-time
Overseas: £13,195 full-time; £6,597.50 part-time
For part-time students, the above fee quoted is for year one only and tuition fees will also be payable in subsequent years of your programme.
Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments.
Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students.
Learn more about postgraduate tuituion fees and funding.
Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To be eligible for these awards, candidates must hold either an offer of a place to study or have submitted an application to study at the University. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
Before you make your application
Please refer to our
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