Doctoral Program

We are now accepting applications for those planning to start in Fall 2024. Entrance exams and interviews (for those invited) will be conducted online.

The Ph.D. degree in philosophy is designed to develop an advanced understanding of philosophical problems, especially those in contemporary analytic philosophy and the history of philosophy. In addition, the degree prepares and guides each candidate through the writing of a thesis, which represents substantial and original scholarly contribution to philosophy.   

  • We offer a Doctoral degree after Bachelor’s and after Master’s. Both entail coursework followed by a thesis. Doctoral candidates are expected to publish in an internationally recognized journal before they graduate. The language of instruction for all aspects of the Program is English.
  • All successful applicants will receive a comprehensive scholarship: tuition waiver (i.e. there are no tuition costs), housing support, private health insurance, and monthly stipend.
  • Up to five graduate students each year will have the opportunity to spend a semester at the School of Philosophy at Australian National University. The exchange is fully funded. [Photos]
  • In addition to the above the department will also provide doctoral students with funding to present at international conferences.
  • Our research focuses on the central areas of analytic philosophy, especially metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and social and political philosophy. We also have strengths in the history of philosophy, especially ancient philosophy and early modern philosophy.
  • Applicants from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. An undergraduate or masters degree in philosophy is not a pre-requisite for applying to the program and coursework is designed to prepare all accepted students for advanced philosophical research. We also warmly welcome applications from international students.
  • Please carefully review the minimum admission requirements before applying.
  • Enrolment in the program is limited, and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. 

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