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50 PhD Programs in Philosophy

Epistemology, Metaphysics, Logic, Moral and Political philosophy and Aesthetics are some of the key areas of inquiry making up the Philosophy discipline. PhD candidates studying Philosophy will have the opportunity to specialize in a historical or contemporary philosophical area and may choose a particular branch, like the philosophy of religion, science, mind, ethics, languages or law. Graduates… Read more

Epistemology, Metaphysics, Logic, Moral and Political philosophy and Aesthetics are some of the key areas of inquiry making up the Philosophy discipline. PhD candidates studying Philosophy will have the opportunity to specialize in a historical or contemporary philosophical area and may choose a particular branch, like the philosophy of religion, science, mind, ethics, languages or law. Graduates with PhD degrees in Philosophy often go on to rewarding careers in the public or private sector in academia, publishing, humanities, psychology, sociology, linguistics, economics or science.

PhD in Philosophy candidates will be required to conduct extensive research over a three to five year period, working mostly independently with guidance from post-doctoral candidates and professors. The final dissertation will be the product of many months of specialized research in the specific area of study. PhD in Philosophy candidates will also have the opportunity to work during their period of study, by teaching, writing, editing or assisting in others' research. PhD in Philosophy applicants should have at least a Bachelor's degree, and usually also a Master's degree in a related field. Demonstrated practical experience in the field is a plus, and it is sometimes required.

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Universidade Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The Faculty of Philosophy of the USC has been teaching for more than two decades a doctoral program that, although its name has changed slightly (Current Questions of Philosop ... +

The Faculty of Philosophy of the USC has been teaching for more than two decades a doctoral program that, although its name has changed slightly (Current Questions of Philosophy, Philosophy, Philosophy: Current Questions), has as fundamental objectives to train students to research and train students in the various burning questions of contemporary philosophy. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
Spanish, Gallegan
Campus
 
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, Canada

The Cultural, Social, and Political Thought major in the Ph.D. program is interdisciplinary in nature and is based on a cohort learning model that fosters an environment of in ... +

The Cultural, Social, and Political Thought major in the Ph.D. program is interdisciplinary in nature and is based on a cohort learning model that fosters an environment of interdisciplinary engagement and exchange, research, peer mentoring, collaboration among a small group of students, within a team-based learning experience. The overall academic aims of the program are to emphasize social, cultural, and political thought and to inculcate the intellectual and practical tools needed to work successfully with community partners and agencies to facilitate social change. Students graduating from the Cultural, Social, and Political Thought major are trained experts, who demonstrate a mosiac of professional skills (e.g., teaching, peer reviews, presentations, critical thinking, etc.) and research competencies. -
PhD
48 months
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Hong Kong Baptist University - Faculty of Social Sciences
Hong Kong

The Faculty of Social Sciences, Hong Kong Baptist University offers two research-based degrees, namely Master of Philosophy (MPhil), & Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Our stud ... +

The Faculty of Social Sciences, Hong Kong Baptist University offers two research-based degrees, namely Master of Philosophy (MPhil), & Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Our students are supervised by a Department-based scholar and choose additional supervisors from the same or other Departments, or other universities. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 

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Selinus University of Science and Literature
Londra, United Kingdom +1 More

The learning skills at a distance from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities are usually highly professional. The degree programs of distance learning of Selinus University in ... +

The learning skills at a distance from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities are usually highly professional. The degree programs of distance learning of Selinus University in this faculty allow access to the specialization in which the student can choose the topics of your interest in order to design a program fully adapted to his vocation. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English, Italian
Online
 
Institute of Lutheran Theology
Brookings, USA

The purpose of the Ph.D. program is to produce teacher-scholars for the church and the academy who can educate persons for Christian ministry and lives of Christian service, a ... +

The purpose of the Ph.D. program is to produce teacher-scholars for the church and the academy who can educate persons for Christian ministry and lives of Christian service, and who themselves will teach and write within the academy generally and the wider public. -
PhD
Full-time
4 - 6 years
English
Online
 
McMaster University Faculty of Humanities
Hamilton, Canada

McMaster’s Doctoral Program in Philosophy offers courses of study leading to the degree of Ph.D. in philosophy. The program is designed so that students may quickly enter into ... +

McMaster’s Doctoral Program in Philosophy offers courses of study leading to the degree of Ph.D. in philosophy. The program is designed so that students may quickly enter into the excitement of their own research, while steadily building a solid foundation of comprehensive knowledge. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English (Canada)
07 Sep 2022
01 Apr 2022
Campus
 
Lingnan University
Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

By the begining of the next academic year, the Department of Philosophy at Lingnan has at least 12 faculty members. Their expertise covers all of the main areas in philosophy ... +

By the begining of the next academic year, the Department of Philosophy at Lingnan has at least 12 faculty members. Their expertise covers all of the main areas in philosophy including aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, history of Chinese, logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. -
PhD
Full-time
30 - 72 months
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Boston College
Boston, USA

A significant feature of these programs is the extensive and diverse range of courses available to graduate students every semester. They cover the history and problems of phi ... +

A significant feature of these programs is the extensive and diverse range of courses available to graduate students every semester. They cover the history and problems of philosophy, allowing for concentration in the following areas: Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Phenomenology and Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Religion, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science. -
PhD
Full-time
5 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Charles University Protestant Theological Faculty
Prague, Czech Republic

The purpose of doctoral studies in the field of Philosophy of Religion is for students to cultivate, in the usual way for advanced studies, their ability to examine, using phi ... +

The purpose of doctoral studies in the field of Philosophy of Religion is for students to cultivate, in the usual way for advanced studies, their ability to examine, using philosophical tools and approaches, religious phenomena and issues relating to the religious dimension of human culture, including theological thought and its traditions. Students learn to reflect critically on these approaches and their results and to interpret them both in their specific context and within the framework of current academic knowledge. In direct connection with its multidisciplinary nature, this study program develops the skills necessary for analyzing complex issues, and students learn to combine various specialist perspectives and discourses in evaluating specific findings and testing hypotheses, while at the same time ensuring that the methods used are appropriate, the thinking is precise, and complex or controversial problems are expressed clearly. The study program not only leads to the acquisition of expert knowledge and skills, but also develops the ability to understand views, concepts, teachings and theories that are non-traditional or differ from one’s own, cultivates argumentative approaches to critical debate, and refines the ability to evaluate oneself and to formulate one’s own opinion or position. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English, German
Oct 2022
30 Apr 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

For this degree, students write a thesis under supervision, on a topic selected in consultation with the Department. The topic must be in line with the expertise of the availa ... +

For this degree, students write a thesis under supervision, on a topic selected in consultation with the Department. The topic must be in line with the expertise of the available lecturers. Four seminars and a Doctoral defense (of either the proposal or the thesis) are required in accordance with the general regulations of the Faculty of Humanities. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Jan 2022
Campus
 
Charles University Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Prague, Czech Republic

The study program "Algebra, Number Theory, and Mathematical Logic" offers students an advanced education in a selected area. Education allows the program graduates to follow c ... +

The study program "Algebra, Number Theory, and Mathematical Logic" offers students an advanced education in a selected area. Education allows the program graduates to follow contemporary research. It teaches them the basics of independent scientific work and how to approach various abstract problems. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Oct 2022
30 Apr 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
SOAS University of London
Londra, United Kingdom

The SOAS Religions and Philosophies Department offers a vibrant, stimulating, and interdisciplinary research environment. We provide individual research supervision in a wide ... +

The SOAS Religions and Philosophies Department offers a vibrant, stimulating, and interdisciplinary research environment. We provide individual research supervision in a wide variety of religious traditions and comparative and interdisciplinary topics. Supervisors are experts in their fields and thoroughly familiar with the religions, cultures, languages, and geographical areas they specialise in. -
Master PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
Sep 2022
15 Jun 2022
Campus
 
Universidade da Coruña
Ferrol, Spain

The PhD Program in Logic and Philosophy of Science is interuniversity. The Universities of Salamanca, A Coruña, La Laguna, Santiago de Compostela, Valladolid and Valencia part ... +

The PhD Program in Logic and Philosophy of Science is interuniversity. The Universities of Salamanca, A Coruña, La Laguna, Santiago de Compostela, Valladolid and Valencia participate. Its objective is to train Doctors in the different areas of the Area of ​​Logic and Philosophy of Science and Social Studies of Science and Technology. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 semesters
Spanish
Campus
 
Charles University Faculty of Arts
Prague, Czech Republic

Graduates of the doctoral program in Logic are qualified researchers in the field of logic and related disciplines. They possess in-depth knowledge of the methods and trends i ... +

Graduates of the doctoral program in Logic are qualified researchers in the field of logic and related disciplines. They possess in-depth knowledge of the methods and trends in modern logic and specialize in one of its aspects and applications – pure mathematical logic, applications of logic in (and logical foundations of) mathematics, computer science or linguistics, or exclusively philosophical aspects of logic. They are able to undertake independent scientific research and to publish its results internationally, and they are open to interdisciplinary cooperation. Ph.D. graduates are trained for research and tertiary-level teaching professions at institutions specializing in any of the listed disciplines. -
PhD
Part-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
Ubiquity University
USA Online, USA

Our Ph.D. Degree is the most rigorous degree we offer, requiring completion of 24 semester credits plus 36 credits attained for the doctoral dissertation and a formal defense ... +

Our Ph.D. Degree is the most rigorous degree we offer, requiring completion of 24 semester credits plus 36 credits attained for the doctoral dissertation and a formal defense of the dissertation in an Oral Examination at the conclusion of the dissertation process. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online