Doctorate Degrees in Philosophy

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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 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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PhD in Women’s Spirituality

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

The Women's Spirituality program is located at the intersection of Women/Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, and Religion. Our program honors the spiritual impulse to redress the suppression of the sacred feminine and the oppression of women. [+]

PhDs in Philosophy. PhD in Philosophy and Religion with Concentration in Women's Spirituality The Women's Spirituality program is located at the intersection of Women/Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Philosophy, and Religion. Our program honors the spiritual impulse to redress the suppression of the sacred feminine and the oppression of women. We join with those who seek to end the exploitation of marginalized social groups and address the suffering of the Earth and its many species. Our faculty is internationally known and includes many pioneers in the interdisciplinary field of Women’s Spirituality. Overview Founded by internationally known trailblazers in the women's spirituality movement, this doctoral program is located at the intersection of women/gender studies, ethnic studies, religious studies, and philosophy. Through evening and weekend classes, online courses, and a semi-distance option, the program offers you a flexible format that allows you to integrate your studies with your professional and/or family life. Our PhD program: Offers you rigorous academic training that is grounded in transdisciplinary, spiritual, and feminist methodologies Prepares you to conduct original research in one of the following areas: Women in World Religions; Feminist and Ecofeminist Philosophy and Activism; and Women's Mysteries, Sacred Arts, and Healing Provides a community of engaged scholars who are taking leadership on national and global issues related to women, gender, ecology, and spirituality Your doctoral dissertation makes an original contribution to cross-disciplinary scholarship in this emergent field. Areas of Emphasis for the PhD in Philosophy and Religion with a Concentration in Women's Spirituality Women and World... [-]

PhD in Theology

Matej Bel University
Campus or Online Part time 4 years September 2017 Slovakia Banská Bystrica

Graduates of doctoral study (Doctor of Philosophy in Theology PhD) are competent to carry out conceptual theological and scientific activities and create professional theological work in church theory and practice as well as in building a Christian worldview based on scientific exegesis of the Bible. [+]

Graduates of doctoral study (Doctor of Philosophy in Theology PhD) are competent to carry out conceptual theological and scientific activities and create professional theological work in church theory and practice as well as in building a Christian worldview based on scientific exegesis of the Bible. They are ready to carry out leadership positions in the church, parachurch and ecumenical institutions and organizations. They can teach theological courses at the university level and professional training of the church and religious organizations staff. Graduates understand the relationship between the natural sciences, humanities and theological sciences and are competent to carry out research in theology and related fields. As a personalities at the same time educated in science and faith have a wide view on issues of contemporary philosophical-theological and ethical controversies and are able to handle sensitive and controversial public response to ethical and social issues relating to the Christian faith, religion and culture. Graduates who are awarded the PhD in Theology are prepared to engage in theological research and publish original work. These individuals are able to shape a Christian worldview informed by biblical interpretation. Research activities at the Department of Theology and Christian Education are focused on areas which affect the impact of Christianity on the individual and society as it pertains to life in the church but also outside the church. [-]

PhD in Historical and Systematic Theology

Charles University Protestant Theological Faculty
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

The purpose of doctoral studies in the field of Historical and Systematic Theology is for students to cultivate, in the usual way for advanced studies, their ability to think theologically and to deepen their knowledge of the theological tradition in its historical and systematic dimensions on an expert level. [+]

PhDs in Philosophy. The purpose of doctoral studies in the field of Historical and Systematic Theology is for students to cultivate, in the usual way for advanced studies, their ability to think theologically and to deepen their knowledge of the theological tradition in its historical and systematic dimensions on an expert level. Students learn to critically analyse and reflect on the knowledge acquired and methods used in their field, and to interpret them both in their own specific contexts and in the interdisciplinary settings of contemporary scholarly knowledge. Depending on the subject of their dissertation project, their studies are focused on a specific specialised field of historical or systematic theology (for example, church history, the history of dogma, systematic theology, or dogmatics), but at the same time they retain the appropriate breadth of vision and interdisciplinary orientation that pertains to all branches of theology. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria On the basis of their fully completely and properly submitted application form, applicants are invited to an entrance interview, where they must defend the proposal for their research project before the branch council and gain approval for their individual study plan. On the basis of the recommendation of the branch council the Dean of the Faculty decides on whether they will be admitted to study. Conditions for admission Completion of studies at Master’s level, successful defence of proposal for the research project before the branch council and approval of the individual study plan by the branch council. Recommended... [-]

PhD in Applied Ethics

Charles University Faculty of Humanities
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

Study of Applied Ethics is about systematic training in critical reflection on own and others attitudes, in recognition of hidden assumptions and prejudices and overlooked ethical issues. We can say in other words that it is about deepening understanding approach – and in this case it is the area of humanities in a broad sense. [+]

Study of Applied Ethics is about systematic training in critical reflection on own and others attitudes, in recognition of hidden assumptions and prejudices and overlooked ethical issues. We can say in other words that it is about deepening understanding approach – and in this case it is the area of humanities in a broad sense. The aim of these studies is therefore an effort to create a space for systematic scientific work that focuses on the ethical dimension of various disciplines or professions. During the studies the adepts have to manage also the methods of scientific work and its professional presentation. Study plan for PhD. students includes: so called comparative examination: one-term course completed by an examination in the fields, which the candidate has not studied, but which are necessary for doctoral studies; compulsory part: two two-term courses completed by an examination; optional part: a choice of six one-term courses completed by an examination; PhD seminar; other duties: an article in peer-reviewed publications, 2 reviews, 2 lectures, seminar for students, participation in two conferences. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria The entrance examination includes: The candidate has to defend the research project, which must reflect the theoretical and methodological knowledge in the field of Applied Ethics (max. 10 points). Conditions for admission Conditions of acceptance: 1. To enter the admission process, a completed application for doctoral studies must be submitted by April, 30th 2017 at latest, including the following attachments: The brief professional biography; The proposal of a... [-]

PhD in Jewish Studies

Charles University Hussite Theological Faculty
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

A doctoral graduate is equipped with a thorough knowledge of the field of Jewish Studies and of the history of his/her field and is familiar with current trends in the field. He/she is capable of making new findings, analyse them, reflect on them critically and interpret them in their specific and interdisciplinary contexts. [+]

PhDs in Philosophy. One-round (two parts, neither of which is “knock-out”) Conducted in English language. 1. Oral interview concerning the dissertation proposal. Subject material will be the dissertation proposal. The content-related and formal aspects of the proposal will be assessed, as well as the candidate’s ability to present and defend his/her intended research in a critical discussion. The maximum possible score is 60 points. 2. Oral interview concerning the candidate’s specialisation. The scope and profile of the candidate’s specialised interest, the level of knowledge of the subject of Hussite theology in the scope of a final university examination. The maximum possible score for this part of the entrance examination is 40 points. The maximum possible score for both parts of the entrance examination is 100 points. Entrance examination waiver: impossible. Conditions for admission Only candidates who have duly completed their studies on a master’s study programme or follow-on master’s programme, presented a certificate proving knowledge of the Greek or Latin or Hebrew language at the level of a final university examination or a classification credit for Hussite Theology, scored at least 75 points and also have been placed in a ranking corresponding with the pre-defined maximum number of places will be admitted. Information on the exercise of graduates A doctoral graduate is equipped with a thorough knowledge of the field of Jewish Studies and of the history of his/her field and is familiar with current trends in the field. He/she is capable of making new findings, analyse them, reflect on... [-]

PhD in Philosophy

Charles University Faculty of Education
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

The graduate of doctoral programme is capable of research activity in the area of philosophy, particularly the philosophy of education. He is acquainted with ontological, gnoseological and ethical assumptions of philosophical thinking from both diachronic and synchronic aspect. [+]

Characteristics of the Studies Studies are addressed to those interested in theoretical and philosophical superstructure field of philosophy and social sciences. Prerequisite to it is completion of studies in a Master's Degree Programme with the preferences or a related field. The graduate of doctoral programme is capable of research activity in the area of philosophy, particularly the philosophy of education. They are acquainted with ontological, gnoseological and ethical assumptions of philosophical thinking from both diachronic and synchronic aspect. They understand the habitual nature of education from the philosophical viewpoint and are able to contribute to the development of European and planetary thinking. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria Admission process consists of: - Discussion of the applicant’s own scientific work up to 10 pages including bibliography, which demonstrates their depth of focus in the research theme they would like to address in their doctoral studies. The project should include the characteristics of the research problem, the basic idea of the objectives and structure of the issue and the considered methods from theoretical, research and professional literature. - Discussion of the scientific literature from the philosophy Evaluation Criteria: The applicant can get a maximum of ten points, the number of points for the admission to study is getting at least seven points. Conditions for admission Candidates are admitted to study if they meet all admission requirements: a) to deliver a certified copy of completion of Master’s degree programme, b) to pass an entrance examination, reach minimum number of point... [-]

PhD in Philosophy

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

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 defence (of either the proposal or the thesis) are required in accordance with the general regulations of the Faculty of Humanities. [+]

PhDs in Philosophy. 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 defence (of either the proposal or the thesis) are required in accordance with the general regulations of the Faculty of Humanities. Admission requirements To be admitted to this Degree, students must fulfil the Department’s admission requirements (in addition to the University’s admission requirements) and prove their knowledge of research methodology and the history of philosophy. Some of the requirements are [i] at least 65% average for the Master’s Degree in Philosophy and [ii] the submission of written philosophical work done for the Master’s Degree. Supplementary oral examinations might be required. Contact details Name: Prof Rafael Winkler Tel: 011 559 4244 / rwinkler@uj.ac.za [-]

PhD in Philosophy

Charles University Faculty of Arts
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

The graduate is a highly educated expert who has shown an ability to develop their knowledge in a creative way. [+]

The language of instruction is English. Philosophy is a fee-paying programme; the annual study fee is 70 000 CZK. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria Admission to the PhD programme requires a master’s degree from a recognised university. The programme is intended for those capable of advanced philosophical research and interested in teaching philosophy. entrance examination: one-round examination, interview Assessment of the Applicant’s previous studies, research and other academic activities: 0–25 points; Assessment and discussion of the Applicant’s project of the PhD dissertation: 0–25 points. Assessment of the Applicant’s knowledge of philosophical literature (based on the list submitted by the Applicant): 0–10 points. Suggested PhD topics and potential supervisor must be consulted beforehand with the Chair of the Programme Board. The Programme Board does not suggest or impose particular PhD topics, but allows applicants to suggest research projects according to their personal preferences. The applicant has to submit: (i) project of the PhD dissertation (3 – 5 pages), (ii) CV including description of previous study programmes, (iii) list of literature relevant to the project, (iv) summary of previous research and other academic activities. Conditions for admission The applicant is admitted if he/she obtains a minimum of 30 points in the entrance examination and, at the same time, scores enough points to place among the maximum number of students admitted to the respective programme (refer to the Admission Procedure Specifications applicable to the individual degree programmes); admissions will be granted to all applicants who score the same number of... [-]

Doctoral Programme in Languages and Communication

University of Vaasa
Campus Full time 4 years August 2017 Finland Vaasa

Students of the Doctoral Programme in Languages and Communication complete a Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, degree. The aim of the program is to train scientific experts in languages and communication with national and international connections. [+]

PhDs in Philosophy. Students of the Doctoral Programme in Languages and Communication complete a Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, degree. The aim of the program is to train scientific experts in languages and communication with national and international connections. The research fields of the programme are applied linguistics, communication studies, and culture and literature studies. Applied linguistics is especially focused on professional languages and communication, language acquisition and immersion, and translation studies. The programme is connected to the following research teams: Bilingualism and Communication in Organizations (BiLingCo), Knowledge and Action in Specialized Communication (KASC), Language Acquisition, Language Teaching and Language Contact in Multilingual Contexts (ReACT), and Intercultural Phenomena in Time (IPIT). The studies of the programme consist of courses on research work and skills, and courses that prepare for working life. These include courses on research theory, methods, ethics and in-depth examination of current scientific research and discussion. The courses on working life consist of training for work in the academic, public and private sectors. The programme is in cooperation with the national doctoral programme in language studies (Langnet) and the Graduate School of Communication Studies. The programme members organize national seminars and courses in collaboration with the said schools. Additionally, the programme utilizes the extensive international network of its research groups. The leader of the Doctoral Programme is Professor Esa Lehtinen. The Graduate School of the University of Vaasa is looking for motivated, talented and research-oriented students to its doctoral programmes. There are two application periods for doctoral studies at... [-]

PhD in Philosophy in the Contemporary Thought Specialism

Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 Portugal Lisbon Belgium Brussels Hungary Budapest Estonia Tallinn United Kingdom Edinburgh + 8 more

A doctorate in philosophy from the specific area of Contemporary Thought is unique in the country and lies in the nuclear target of practical philosophy as knowledge assets, linked to this real world (that critically deconstructed in order to better understand and track). [+]

Entrance Conditions

The following may apply for the Doctoral Programme:

a) People who hold a master's degree or legal equivalent degree;

b) People who hold a B.A., people who have an especially relevant school or scientific curriculum that is acknowledged as certifying capacity to obtain this study cycle by the Doctoral Programme's Scientific Committee;

c) People who have a school, scientific and professional curriculum that is acknowledged as certifying capacity to obtain this study cycle by the Doctoral Programme’s Scientific Committee.

Objectives

A doctorate in philosophy from the specific area of Contemporary Thought is unique in the country and lies in the nuclear target of practical philosophy as knowledge assets, linked to this real world (that critically deconstructed in order to better understand and track). Although knowing it deeply, and assuming it to be, this cycle does not cover the history of philosophy and philosophical systems but the future of philosophy in a world crumbled and unsustainable without reflective categories. In March more comprehensive than systematic, more critical than traditional, this course offers the philosophy as attitude, mood and cognitive evaluative. It is this integrated task and real, practical challenge and that it transmits from its origin in the City, taking the important affairs of his time, they come from another science, another field, another labor. The epistemological aspect of the 3rd cycle of studies is reflected in the contemporary framework of global complexities.... [-]


PHD History and Philosophy of Art

University of Kent, School of Arts
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury France Paris Italy Rome Russia Moscow Kenton + 8 more

History & Philosophy of Art at Kent provides opportunities for graduate study with well-established researchers in the fields of art history, philosophy of art and aesthetics. Staff research covers contemporary art and aesthetics, modernism, theories of art, the historiography of art and the Cold War; biographical monographs, the photograph (in its historical, contemporary and critical contexts), and the historical interplay of... [+]

PhDs in Philosophy. PHD History and Philosophy of Art History & Philosophy of Art at Kent provides opportunities for graduate study with well-established researchers in the fields of art history, philosophy of art and aesthetics. Staff research covers contemporary art and aesthetics, modernism, theories of art, the historiography of art and the Cold War; biographical monographs, the photograph (in its historical, contemporary and critical contexts), and the historical interplay of image, theory and institutions from the Renaissance to the present (especially European and North American). Developing areas of interest include the cultural and historical significance of the print, and the role of performance and new media in contemporary art practices, which draw upon our links with other subjects within the School of Arts and the Faculty of Humanities. In particular, postgraduates have the opportunity to participate in the activities of the multidisciplinary Aesthetics Research Centre, and there is also a full programme of visiting speakers from across the constituent subject areas within the School of Arts, which includes Filmand Drama. Course structure Undertake research under staff with interests in photography, art theory from the Renaissance to recent times and contemporary art. Postgraduate resources Postgraduate resources There is a large and wide-ranging library holding for History & Philosophy of Art, covering the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, aesthetics and contemporary visual communications. There is a substantial stock of periodicals, online access to e-journals and a slide library with well over 100,000 images, covering areas such as contemporary art, visual cultures,... [-]

PhD in Wisdom Studies

The Wisdom School at Ubiquity University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA USA Online

Our Ph.D. Degree is the most rigorous degree we offer, requiring completion of 48 semester credits and a formal defense of the dissertation in an Oral Examination at the conclusion of the dissertation process. [+]

Our Ph.D. Degree is the most rigorous degree we offer, requiring completion of 48 semester credits and a formal defense of the dissertation in an Oral Examination at the conclusion of the dissertation process. The Ph.D. degree is generally considered a research degree, and is typically sought by those who aspire to reach the highest level of scholarly research in a particular area of interest. It requires an extensive literature review and the dissertation must be an original contribution to the field of inquiry. At the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies, we also emphasize the need for both head and heart in equal measure in all of our degrees, including the Ph.D. This is an important point because the head-heart continuum is a central aspect in our approach to learning and is incorporated in all of our programs. All of our Intensives, like all of our degree programs, challenge the student to balance head, heart, body and soul. The Ph.D. is not an exception to this, but its chief exemplification. Admissions Requirements Students must have a Masters degree or its equivalency. An equivalency consists of documented training beyond a bachelor’s degree that is equivalent in hours and requirements to a Masters Degree. A completed Ubiquity University Admissions Application must be filed with the Office of Admissions. Students are encouraged to belong to an academic research library in the area in which they live. Degree Requirements Ph.D. candidates must complete: 48 semester credits; A dissertation; and An oral examination. Half of... [-]

Doctor of Philosophy

Avondale College of Higher Education
Campus or Online Full time Part time 3 - 4 years August 2017 Australia Cooranbong Wahroonga + 2 more

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a complete, stand-alone degree that is an internationally recognised doctoral degree. It is designed for students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research. [+]

PhDs in Philosophy. Doctor of Philosophy Course Overview The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a complete, stand-alone degree that is an internationally recognised doctoral degree. It is designed for students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to knowledge in the area of research. The course is unique in that it is delivered within Avondale’s Christian education framework. Students of the Doctor of Philosophy degree will develop critical thinking skills, ethical scholarship, and attitudes that are conducive to personal and collective involvement. The aim of the Doctor of Philosophy degree is to mentor students' independent learning ability for continuing professional development through acquiring the necessary skills including transferable skills, research techniques and their application. Research specialisations can be in the areas of Education, Arts, Nursing, Ministry and Theology. Course Code 5001 Course Duration Three to four years full-time Study Mode On-Campus or distance education Accreditation The Doctor of Philosophy degree course is self-accredited by Avondale College of Higher Education within the terms of level 10 in the Australian Qualifications Framework. The course is nationally registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency. Avondale offers the PhD as a jointly conferred degree with Charles Sturt University, the Avondale degrees being held in high regard. [-]

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Technology Sydney
Campus Full time Part time 4 - 8 years January 2018 Australia Sydney + 1 more

The PhD is a University-wide degree that involves an intense period of supervised study and research. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded to successful candidates who have made a distinct contribution to knowledge, whether by original investigation, review or criticism. With accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, UTS Business School is one of a select few elite business schools worldwide. Many UTS Business School staff are leaders in their fields both academically and in industry, working as senior staff or consultants, or with strong links to major corporations. The PhD program provides the opportunity for candidates to receive training in advanced disciplinary and cross-disciplinary methods which provide the basis on which candidates are able to build research capability. PhD students are supervised by a committee of three, with a chairperson normally located in the discipline most fundamental to the candidate's doctoral research. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged, and PhD committees can include researchers from cognate or other disciplines beyond where the candidate is located. [+]

The PhD in economics offers first-rate training in the foundations of economic theory and econometrics. This outcome is achieved via a program of core PhD classes, taken by all students, which provide the concepts and analytical tools required of every economist. In addition, each student develops expertise in two fields of their choosing. A field consists of a pair of research field classes in which students study advanced topics and become familiar with the frontiers of research in that field. Fields offered include: behavioural economics experimental economics dynamic systems econometrics health economics industrial organisation labour economics market design microeconomic theory public economics. ... [-]


PhD in Philosophy

University of Hradec Králové, Philosophical Faculty
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Hradec Králové

The Philosophical Faculty of the University of Hradec Králové offers a PhD Degree which may be pursued in full-time study. The PhD programme is designed for students who have obtained a Master´s Degree in Philosophy and related study disciplines. [+]

PhDs in Philosophy. The Philosophical Faculty of the University of Hradec Králové offers a PhD Degree which may be pursued in full-time study. The PhD programme is designed for students who have obtained a Master´s Degree in Philosophy and related study disciplines. What are Philosophy studies about? The PhD study in Philosophy aims to provide a high-quality education and research training in the field of contemporary philosophy, with special focus on the philosophy of social sciences. The PhD study is designed for students with a Master´s Degree in Philosophy or related disciplines. Graduates The graduates will be professionally and also linguistically fully prepared for independent scientific research and teaching, for work in public institutions, media, non-governmental organizations. !!! Financial terms for studying in the English doctoral programme Philosophy A privately paying PhD student pays € 3,000 per year, which may be divided into a maximum of two instalments (the first instalment of at least € 1,500 to be paid by the end of November, the other instalment to be paid by the end of March at the latest). Under certain conditions it is possible to gain entitlement to a monthly scholarship of € 430. These conditions are as follows: - For the first study term: the applicant must be accepted and enrolled in a study programme and the Branch Board must assess the PhD thesis project as the best or second best from all approved projects (only 2 applicants every year gain a scholarship). - For the second study term:... [-]