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Students on the MPhil, PhD and MA in Philosophy by Research follow an approved programme of research supervised by a member of academic staff and informed by a Thesis Advisory Panel. Alongside this academic support, students are supported by a programme of training in research methods and transferable skills. Students are assessed solely on the basis of their research, which must include original work, by at least two individually appointed examiners, one of whom will be external to the University.

All applicants will have a formal interview with their prospective supervisor and another academic, normally the Director of Research Programmes. UK-based applicants will be invited to campus (we will reimburse reasonable travel expenses) and non-UK-based applicants will be interviewed via Skype.

Applications are invited from candidates wishing to work in all the major areas of interest in the Department. A list of current and past PhD student's work is available.

Members of the Department have research interests in Ancient Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy (Descartes to Kant), Post-Kantian Philosophy, History of Analytic Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Language and Logic, Philosophy of Mind and Psychology, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics and Epistemology, Ethical Theory, and Applied Ethics. More details are available concerning the research interests of individual members of the Department and cognate faculty members.

When making their application, candidates are advised to make their research proposals as specific and clear as possible. All candidates are required to submit a sample of written work (3,000 words) with their application. All candidates are also required to submit a research proposal (1,000 - 2,000 words). Preliminary enquiries about your research proposal should be addressed in the first instance to your potential supervisor (Staff list).

As part of their course of study, research students engage in a programme of training in transferable skills and research management. This training is delivered by both the Department and the University. For more information, see information for current research students.


Visit the Philosophy (by Research) - MA page on the University of York website for more details!

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