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MPhil and PhD Programmes in Philosophy


We offer two postgraduate research degrees. MPhil students write a thesis of up to 60,000 words. PhD students write a thesis of up to 80,000 words. Both degrees can be pursued on a full-time or a part-time basis, with regular supervision by a member of academic staff.

Our postgraduate community discuss philosophy at the postgraduate reading group, the visiting speaker seminar, the work-in-progress seminar, our regular workshops, and informally. Cardiff University supports postgraduate research students through a dedicated Graduate College.

If you are interested in studying for a postgraduate research degree with us, then please consult our list of staff and their research areas to find a prospective supervisor on your intended topic.



As part of the AHRC South, West, and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, our doctoral students have access to full funding to cover fees and maintenance.

There are also some Cardiff University funds and bursaries available for our research students.

Our doctoral students have the opportunity to earn money and academic teaching experience through our postgraduate tutor scheme.

Further details of these funding opportunities are available on request.


Application and Admission

Applicants should normally have a good undergraduate degree in Philosophy, or an equivalent qualification. For the PhD, it is advisable to have an MA or equivalent postgraduate experience in Philosophy. Qualified applicants may begin their degree in January, April, July, or October.

Before making a formal application, please contact us first to discuss your proposal.


Contact Us

Phone: +44 29 2087 4722
Post: Philosophy Postgraduate Office
Cardiff University School of English, Communication and Philosophy
John Percival Building
Colum Drive
Cardiff CF10 3EU