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Students on the Philosophy (by research) programme from University of York follow an approved programme of research supervised by a member of academic staff and informed by a Thesis Advisory Panel. 

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Key Features

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.

For research degrees we require a prior qualification in philosophy with an average mark of at least 60 (normally a BA for the MA by Research and an MA for the MPhil and PhD and PhD by Distance Learning), a satisfactory research proposal of 1,000 - 2,000 words, and for students whose first language is not English, meeting the Department's English language requirement. Prospective students should consult the Departmental Requirements on the webpage below for the minimum level of English language proficiency required:

This Philosophy (by research) programme is offerd by the University of York .

Programme Structure

Members of the Department have research interests in:

  • Aesthetics, art and literature
  • History of philosophy (with particular interests in early modern philosophy and German idealism)
  • Metaphysics (including philosophy of mathematics and philosophy of time)
  • Phenomenology and continental philosophy
  • Philosophy of medicine and health
  • Philosophy of mind and perception
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Political and legal philosophy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally, applicants should have, or be expected to obtain, an MA in Philosophy or an equivalent qualification.
  • MPhil candidates should apply for the MPhil programme, PhD candidates should apply for the PhD programme, and PhD by Distance Learning candidates should apply for PhD by Distance Learning programme. Progression for research degrees follows the guidelines of the University's Policy on Research Degrees.
  • When making their application, candidates are advised to make their research proposals as specific and clear as possible. Where possible, they should indicate the member(s) of staff that they would wish to work with. 

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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