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 for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning.
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, email@example.com), 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 2014/15 are currently as follows:
Home / EU £3,950 full-time; £1,975 part-time
Overseas: £12,565 full-time
Learn more about 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.
Candidates are normally required to have at least an upper second-class honours degree with a significant philosophical component.
Learn more about entry requirements
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
For applicants to the PhD Distance Learning study mode only:
As part of the application process for the distance learning study mode, we will ask you to provide evidence to demonstrate that you have the time, commitment, facilities and experience to study for a PhD by Distance Learning. Please be prepared to provide evidence, and details, of the following:
- Examples of your postgraduate research experience and ability to work independently e.g. papers/presentations at professional and academic conferences or publications in professional journals or previous completion of an independent research project, etc.
- Full reasons (academic and personal) for registering for the distance learning mode of study rather than by standard full or part-time on-campus options. In particular, how you will be able to carry out your project in your chosen location.
- Access to local library facilities (where needed)
- Access to IT facilities
- Access to communications, including e-mail and visual communication media e.g. Skype and Facetime
- Access to facilities to support any study-related disability (where appropriate)
You can upload this information at the time of application - when asked to provide supporting documentation - or via your applicant portal once you have submitted your application.
For all applicants:
When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages