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PhD/MPhil in Philosophy 2+2

Standard Duration: Either two years as a stand-alone degree (1 taught, 1 research) or four years if candidates proceed straight to PhD after year 2 (1 taught, 3 research).

Min. entry requirements: First Class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with a significant Philosophy component

English Language: IELTS 7.0, Band B

If you wish to study Philosophy at an advanced level and are considering a PhD in the future, selecting the MPhil 2+2 programme will streamline your progression from classroom learning to independent research.

In your first year you will pursue advanced research topics in three of the main areas of Philosophy, and you’ll be assigned a different academic specialist to supervise your work for each one. Your learning will centre primarily on the regular production of sustained pieces of philosophical prose and their critical scrutiny in your one-to-one fortnightly supervisions.

In your second year, you will plan, research, and write a 30,000 word thesis under your supervisor’s guidance. Supervisions give you an unparalleled opportunity to explore ideas closely with experienced academic colleagues as you develop your own research topic. At the end of your second year, you are encouraged to upgrade your registration and expand your MPhil thesis into a full doctoral thesis over the next two years as a PhD candidate.

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Entry Requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with a significant Philosophy component.

Candidates with a first class undergraduate degree in Philosophy are also eligible for the MPhil in Philosophy 2+2 programme.

English Language Requirements

Band B


All applications should be made online at

For UK or EU applicants there are no deadlines for applications, however places on taught courses are limited, so you should submit your application as early as possible.

International applicants who require a student visa will need to leave plenty of time for this process. For this reason, international applicants must submit their application by 31 July for courses that begin in September.

Tuition Fees
(2016/17 rate)

Full-time £7,780, Part-time £3,890

Overseas - Band 1:
Full-time £17,500, Part-time £8,750

For the MPhil in Philosophy (2+2), taught course fees (above) apply for the first 2 years. If you progress to the PhD, then research fees (Home/EU: £4,109 full-time, £2,465 part-time. Overseas: £15,460 full-time, £9,276 part-time) apply for the final 2 years.

Please note: These are the standard course fees. Check the fees page for a list of courses with non-standard fees.


Details of funding opportunities are available via the Graduate School.