Postgraduate

Philosophy MPhil, PhD

Philosophy MPhil, PhD

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

Profile

Philosophy is about critically thinking through the assumptions of the age. Our programmes are delivered by staff with strong research profiles in modern European philosophy and an interest in interdisciplinary research and collaboration. We have a thriving research culture, with postgraduates working in philosophy or with colleagues in other disciplines.

Our lecturers have broad philosophical interests and specialise in modern European thought.

You can choose between standard academic dissertations or the more flexible context-based learning approach. Your personal interest will drive your context based learning. You will engage philosophically with an object or aspect of reality. You can read more about this approach on the Philosophical Studies web page.

Research and supervision areas

MPhil and PhD supervision is available in the following areas:

Continental philosophy and the history of European ideas

  • Vico
  • post-Kantian thought (including Hegel and German idealism)
  • Kierkegaard
  • Nietzsche
  • Phenomenology
  • Hermeneutics
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Bataille
  • Frankfurt School
  • the Situationists
  • Poststructuralism (including Deleuze, Foucault and Derrida)
  • Posthumanism
  • Postmodernism (including Vattimo) 

Aesthetics

  • philosophy and the arts
  • philosophy of music
  • philosophy and contemporary art
  • philosophy and literature (particularly Blanchot)

Ethics

  • theoretical, applied and social ethics

Social and political philosophy

Philosophy and religion

You can find further information on staff research interests

Please contact us about the suitability of your research ideas and projects before applying.

Related Degrees

  • Philosophy MLitt

    Our philosophy programmes are delivered by staff with strong research profiles in modern European philosophy and a keen interest in interdisciplinary research and collaboration.

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Training & Skills

You will receive a tailored package of support from the University to ensure you maximise your research and future career. There are also opportunities to undertake your research at Newcastle within a Doctoral Training Centre, Centre for Doctoral Training or Doctoral Training Partnership.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Training Programme and Student Support

Our Faculty Research Training Programme is a community made up of postgraduates from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

It is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as a sound foundation for doctoral studies.

Our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. Staff and students from across a range of disciplines can come together and share their research experiences. You can also choose to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training.

You will study in our Doctoral Training Suite, a purpose-built facility for lectures, workshops, seminars and computer access to specialist software. Each year we have two student-led research postgraduate conferences. There are also a variety of prizes and awards to celebrate the successes of our students.

Postgraduate Research Student Support

Our Research Student Support Team will provide support and advice throughout your studies. The team can help you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.

Doctoral training centres and partnerships

Being part of a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) or Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) means that you can benefit from the research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics. You'll also be studying alongside a cohort of other PhD students.

These centres are often interdisciplinary, combining expertise and training from multiple subject areas. You may also be able to collaborate with an industrial or commercial organisation.

Your PhD will be funded. Normally the fees are covered and you'll receive a tax-free stipend or living expenses. Additional funding is sometimes available to cover things such as conference attendance and research materials.

The centres/ partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area.

Fees & Funding

2020-2021 fees

If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

The fees displayed here are per year.

MPhil, PhD

UK

Full time: £4,327*
Part time: £2,164*

EU

Full time: £4,327*
Part time: £2,164*


*The fees stated above are for 2019 entry only. We are aligning our 2020 entry tuition fees for UK/EU students with those set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Once these fees have been confirmed (typically February), we will update this page.

International

Full time: £17,340

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a humanities or social science subject.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

When you make your online application, insert one of the relevant course codes on the 'Programme of Study' page:

8307F Philosophy PhD, (full time)
8307P Philosophy PhD, (part time)
7031F Philosophy MPhil, (full time)
7031P Philosophy MPhil, (part time)

Before you apply please contact our staff about the suitability of your research ideas and projects.

You need to submit a research proposal with your application. Read our guidelines for producing a research proposal (PDF: 41.5KB) from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Graduate School.

Start dates

There are usually two possible start dates, although in some circumstances an alternative start date can be arranged:

  • January
  • September

There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply. 

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Julie Coomber
Philosophical Studies Secretary
Philosophical Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7302
Email: phil.ugadmin@ncl.ac.uk

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