Philosophical Studies MPhil; PhD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 part time £2,160
International: full time £11,380 part time fees

More information is available about Tuition Fees and discounts.

Research Areas

MPhil and PhD supervision is normally available in the following areas:

  • Continental philosophy and the history of European ideas: post-Kantian thought in general, including Hegel and German idealism, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Psychoanalysis, Bataille, Frankfurt School, the Situationists, Poststructuralism (including Deleuze, Foucault and Derrida).
  • Aesthetics: we have strengths in the philosophy and the arts (particularly the philosophy of music, philosophy and contemporary art); philosophy and literature (particular Blanchot).
  • Ethics: including applied ethics and the legacy of Levinas
  • Social and political philosophy
  • Philosophy and religion

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

Our Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School organises a comprehensive training programme for postgraduate students that covers research techniques, professional/key skills and provides support for personal development.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a humanities or social science subject.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can often provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year, although funding deadlines do apply. Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

There are two possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • 22 September 2014

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Ms Julie Coomber
Philosophical Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7302
Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 7361

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Philosophical Studies.