PhD Philosophy programme

The University of Edinburgh has one of the top-ranked Philosophy departments in the UK for research.

In  the most recent UK-wide evaluation of academic research (REF2014), philosophy at Edinburgh was rated the best in Scotland, and the 2nd best in the UK, based on the volume of world-leading and internationally excellent research that we produce. And our research environment was also rated as 100% conducive to producing world-leading or internationally excellent research. 

While we have particular areas of research strength, we are able to supervise a thesis on almost any area of analytical philosophy.

We maintain close links with other disciplines/subject areas within the University, such as psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, informatics, jurisprudence, politics, classics and the Science Studies Unit. Within Scotland, we have close ties with the philosophy departments of all the major universities, in particular those of St Andrews, Stirling, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

Research interests

Find out about our areas of research and staff interests

When to apply

We operate a gathered field approach to PhD applications, find out how this works

Help with your application

Guidance for applicants applying to the PhD programme

What our PhD students did next

Our PhD students develop a high level of research skills which enable them to go on to a variety of careers, with many gaining positions in academia

Our research community

Our PhD students are actively encouraged to attend our research seminars, reading groups and join in other philosophy events.

Find out more about our research seminars and reading groups

Fees, funding and how to apply


The Postgraduate Office can help you with any questions you have relating to your application, entry requirements, research interests and the PhD admissions process as a whole. We look forward to hearing from you.

Postgraduate Office

  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room 1.06
Dugald Stewart Building
3 Charles Street

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