MPhil: Full time 2-3 years; Part time 4-5 years|
PhD: Full time 3-4 years; Part time 6-7 years
|Start date||September or January|
We offer PhD supervision on a range of philosophical topics, especially philosophy of science (natural and social), philosophy of mind, social and political philosophy and social/applied ethics.
Some of our areas of study include:
- critical social theory
- history of German philosophy
- history and philosophy of biology
- philosophy and methodology of economics
- philosophical and social scientific issues relating to the Holocaust
- philosophical anthropology
- philosophy of emotions and embodied cognition
- philosophy of mind
- philosophy of science and technology
- social and political philosophy
- social/applied ethics
Current work pursued by Doctoral students includes philosophy of action, explanation and understanding and various topics in philosophy of biology.
Visit our staff profiles for more information about individual research interests.
I have had the opportunity to go to a number of academic conferences. These networking opportunities are invaluable to my development as an academic, and will hopefully stand me in good stead in my future career.
Louise Bezuidenhout, PhD Sociology.
Entry requirements 2018
Our online learning resource 'Considering a UK PhD?' provides lots of helpful advice and information from staff and students about the PhD experience at Exeter.
You may wish to read our general advice for PhD applicants webpages, which give tips on how to put together a successful research degree application.
Applicants for research programmes are also advised to visit the College's webpages to check for specific advice (see further information link). Here you will be able to find out about staff research interests and make preliminary enquiries about supervision. We advise that you do this before applying.
Requirements for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
English language requirements
Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.
Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.
Other accepted tests
Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.
Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.
Finance: fees and funding
Tuition fees per year 2018/19
- UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time
- International: £16,400 full-time
Our Postgraduate Funding webpage provides links to further information. If you are considering a PhD in the future, in addition to University of Exeter funding, we have been successful at securing postgraduate funding for PhD research through our Funded centres.
Find out about current funding opportunities for our research programmes.
Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.
The College of Social Sciences & International Studies has a dedicated Graduate Research School which is committed to supporting its vibrant postgraduate research student community.
The Graduate Research School helps to support both intellectual and social contact between graduates of different disciplines and from different backgrounds and countries. Our team supports both prospective and current postgraduate research students.
Phone: +44(0) 1392 724490
Web: Enquire online