The Philosophy programme at Royal Holloway offers a broad range of research supervision, with academic staff working both the Anglo-American and European traditions, as well expertise in the history of philosophy.
Our areas of specialism include pragmatism, Wittgenstein, applied ethics, Kant and the Post-Kantian tradition,nineteenth-centuryy German philosophy (Hegel, Schelling), twentieth century French philosophy (Merleau-Ponty, Deleuze), and Greek philosophy.
Prospective applicants for research degrees are in the first instance encouraged to make contact with a prospective supervisor.
For detailed information on how to apply for our Philosophy PhD course see here.
Research facilities and environment
Our staff regularly organise conferences and there is a regular programme of visiting speakers and reading groups. As part of the University of London, our research students have full access to the wide range of philosophy events taking place in London, such as those held at the Institute of Philosophy.
A PhD is awarded to students who produce a substantial piece of original research in the form of a thesis of up to 100,000 words.
Usually, you will need a good first degree in philosophy and a relevant Masters degree. Applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis.
English language requirements
All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start.
The scores we require
- IELTS: 6.5 overall. Writing 7.0. No other subscore lower than 5.5.
- Pearson Test of English: 61 overall. Writing 69. No other subscore lower than 51.
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III.
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.
- TOEFL ib: 88 overall, with Reading 18 Listening 17 Speaking 20 Writing 26.
For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please see here.
Your future career
A number of previous research students have gone on to secure academic positions.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £4345
International students tuition fee per year**: £13500
Other essential costs***: There are no individual costs greater than £50 per item.
How do I pay for it? Find out more about funding options.
* and ** These fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying part-time are charged a pro-rata fee, usually equivalent to approximately half the full-time fee. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on part-time fees. We adopt the minimum fee level recommended by the UK Research Councils for the Home/EU tuition fee. Each year, the fee level is adjusted in line with inflation (currently, the measure used is the Treasury GDP deflator). Fees displayed here are therefore subject to change and are usually confirmed in the spring of the year of entry. For more information on the Research Council Indicative Fee please see the RCUK website.
*** These estimated costs relate to undertaking this particular programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.