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MPhil/PhD in Philosophy

Director of Postgraduate Studies: Dr Peter Sedgwick

Creation, Evolution and Meaning by Professor Robin Attfield.

Postgraduate study for a higher degree in Philosophy is supervised by experienced and helpful academic staff, and is supported by good library and computing facilities and the Centre for Applied Ethics. Philosophers who have studied at Cardiff are now teaching in universities in many parts of the world.

Teaching at postgraduate level is supported by several seminars and reading groups. There is a regular programme of visiting speakers.

All degrees may be taken full-time or part-time.

Research Degrees

The PhD is normally a three-year research degree, and students write a thesis of up to 80,000 words (maximum) on an agreed philosophical topic.

Applicants should normally have a good undergraduate degree in Philosophy or an equivalent qualification. Those who do not also have relevant postgraduate experience will either have their first year treated as probationary, or be advised to register for an MA degree first. Qualified applicants may begin their study on the 1st October, 1st January, 1st April, 1st July.

The MPhil is normally a one-year research degree, and students write a dissertation of up to 60,000 words (maximum) on an agreed philosophical topic.

Applicants should normally have a good undergraduate degree in Philosophy or an equivalent qualification. Qualified applicants may begin their study for the MPhil in January, April or October of any year.

Applications for MPhil/PhD research are especially welcome in any of the following areas of research:

We welcome enquiries from prospective students, whether you wish to talk about your own possible projects and areas of interest or to obtain further information about PhD and MPhil programmes in Philosophy. It would be advisable for you to make contact with the Admission Tutor before you submit a formal application.

There is a full programme of seminars and workshops for PhD and MPhil students which run alongside their individual research work with their supervisors.

The School welcomes applicants from students from outside the United Kingdom. More information is provided on our International Students page.


There is AHRC funding available in this subject area for 2013/14.

There are two full President's Research Scholarships in the area of Multi-culturalism for 2013/14. For further information please visit the following sites:


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Phone: +44 (0)29 208 70322

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and Philosophy
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CF10 3EU

Student Views

"I decided to study at Cardiff University on something of a whim. I didn't know much about the University but had heard from a friend that the Cardiff was a vibrant city and a great place to study. She wasn't wrong! I enjoyed doing my MA here so much that I decided to stay on to study for a PhD.

The department provides the perfect research environment, with its blend of critical theory, ethics and political philosophy, for me to research a PhD on the philosophy of terror and terrorism. I have taken the opportunity to start teaching undergraduate seminars which is an exciting way to develop the communicative tools I'll need for a career in academia."

Ronen Shayovitz (PhD Philosophy)