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Postgraduate research programmes

MPhil/PhD in Philosophy

PhD in Philosophy

General Characterisation

The PhD programme is exclusively devoted to research in philosophy. The programme lasts a minimum of three years full time study. During this time students meet with their supervisors on a regular basis to work on their dissertation. At the end of their studies students submit a PhD thesis of a maximum length of 100,000 words. The thesis shall ‘form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject and afford evidence of originality by the discovery of new facts and/or by the exercise of independent critical power’. The thesis is examined by two examiners, one external, non-London based, one internal, London based, in a viva.

Click here for information about the thesis submission process.

Seminars

PhD students are expected to participate in the weekly advanced research seminar. They present and discuss their work in progress in this seminar.

Supervision

Students will be registered under two supervisors, one of which is the primary supervisor. During their studies students can also work with further supervisors on special topics.

Online reports

Twice a year students need to submit online reports about their progress via the College online reporting system.

Collections

At the end of each teaching term students have a collection meeting with members of the Postgraduate and Research Committee (PARC). In this meeting the past term is reviewed and supervisor assignments are made.

Research students can find here information relating to their degree programme:

 

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