22 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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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
September 2020
Online
 
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
September 2020
Campus
 
University of Hradec Králové, Philosophical Faculty
Hradec Kralove , Czech Republic

The Philosophical Faculty of the University of Hradec Králové offers a Ph.D. Degree which may be pursued in full-time study. The Ph.D. programme is designed for students who h ... +

The Philosophical Faculty of the University of Hradec Králové offers a Ph.D. Degree which may be pursued in full-time study. The Ph.D. programme is designed for students who have obtained a Master´s Degree in Philosophy and related study disciplines. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
September 2020
Campus
 
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco , USA

Our program explores leading-edge issues in innovative ways that combine scholarship, creativity, and self-inquiry.

Our program explores leading-edge issues in innovative ways that combine scholarship, creativity, and self-inquiry. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
2 years
English
September 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Palacky University
Olomouc , Czech Republic

Doctoral study of philosophy (P6101) is a full-time or a distanced study programme for three years. In special cases, it is possible to ask for a shortening, interruption or e ... +

Doctoral study of philosophy (P6101) is a full-time or a distanced study programme for three years. In special cases, it is possible to ask for a shortening, interruption or extension. The study program is modular with a credit system. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
September 2020
Campus
 
Lingnan University
Tuen Mun , Hong Kong

The Department of Philosophy at Lingnan has 12 members. They cover all the main areas in philosophy in their research and teaching, including metaphysics, epistemology, histor ... +

The Department of Philosophy at Lingnan has 12 members. They cover all the main areas in philosophy in their research and teaching, including metaphysics, epistemology, history of Western -
PhD
Full-time
30 months
English
September 2020
01 Dec 2018
Campus
 
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Bogotá , Colombia + 1 More

The Doctorate program aims to train researchers in philosophy that from a solid knowledge of the tradition and the current philosophical are capable of performing competently ... +

The Doctorate program aims to train researchers in philosophy that from a solid knowledge of the tradition and the current philosophical are capable of performing competently in some of the following tasks: interpret and rigorously analyze the historical philosophical thinking in some of its themes , authors and eras; contribute to the development of contemporary philosophical debates; to be participants in the discussions about those problems proper to our social and historical reality; directing philosophical research projects; be part of interdisciplinary research teams; train new researchers in philosophy or related areas. -
PhD
Full-time
6 semesters
Spanish
January 2020
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
September 2020
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom + 1 More

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. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge , Canada

The Ph.D. program is a four-year program. The format for the degree consists of coursework and a thesis. The student must pass a written and an oral comprehensive examination ... +

The Ph.D. program is a four-year program. The format for the degree consists of coursework and a thesis. The student must pass a written and an oral comprehensive examination within the first two years of the program. -
PhD
Full-time
48 months
English
September 2020
Campus
 
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
January 2020
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
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English, German
October 2020
30 Apr 2019
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
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
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
October 2020
30 Apr 2019
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
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
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
October 2020
30 Apr 2019
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Prague 5 , Czech Republic

This doctoral program is advertised for the classroom and distance learning. Anyone who is interested in the fields of classical and modern German philosophy, the French philo ... +

This doctoral program is advertised for the classroom and distance learning. Anyone who is interested in the fields of classical and modern German philosophy, the French philosophy of the 19th and 20th centuries, German and French phenomenology as well as the current international reception of these philosophies can apply, and the conditions of admission (required documents see below) fulfill. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
2 years
German, French
October 2020
31 Jul 2019
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online