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. [-]

Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Wisdom Studies

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

The DMin Program includes 40 semester credits plus a dissertation that should be completed within a period of five years from initiation of study. Extensions for a variety of personal, family and professional reasons are allowed. We are mindful that all our students are professionals with numerous obligations and responsibilities, and we are prepared to work with each student to ensure that there is enough time to complete the course of study and the dissertation. [+]

PhDs in Philosophy. Admissions Requirements 1. 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. 2. A completed Ubiquity University Admissions Application must be filed with the Office of Admissions. 3. Students are encouraged to belong to an academic research library in the area in which they live. Degree Requirements The DMin Program includes 40 semester credits plus a dissertation that should be completed within a period of five years from initiation of study. Extensions for a variety of personal, family and professional reasons are allowed. We are mindful that all our students are professionals with numerous obligations and responsibilities, and we are prepared to work with each student to ensure that there is enough time to complete the course of study and the dissertation. Applications for Continuation must be submitted to the Dean of Doctoral Studies when a student requires additional time over the five years. Each completed five-day Intensive or Pilgrimage counts as 4 credits, and each weekend intensive counts as 2 credits toward any Ubiquity University degree. Online courses and Virtual Retreats may count as 2 credits or 4 credits. Forty credits of class attendance are required for a DMin degree. An additional 14 credits are awarded for the preparation of the dissertation itself, for a total of 54 credits required for the DMin degree. Half of the course credits must be in-person learning experiences (Intensives... [-]

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. [+]

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 literature, sample questions... [-]

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... [-]

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 Research Degrees in Religions and Philosophies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

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. [+]

PhDs in Philosophy. Research Degrees in Religions and Philosophies 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. In addition to individual supervision the Department offers research training at various levels: an obligatory research writing workshop which prepares year 1 MPhil students for their upgrade to the PhD level; a weekly seminar for PhD students in years 2 and 3 to discuss work in progress and receive feedback before submitting their thesis; a departmental research seminar in which both staff and students present papers on their research projects and discuss them in an interdisciplinary setting. Students also have the opportunity to attend seminars, lectures, and conferences offered by the various specialist Centres relating to their particular fields. These centres run regular evening lecture series, workshops, and conferences which host visiting speakers from other universities in Britain, Europe, and globally. As you think about commencing your PhD with us, we invite you to contact a potential supervisor in your area of interest, ideally with a first draft of your project proposal. This member of staff will then advise you on your project and on any questions you might have before making your application. Further Information Research areas and expertise of our academic staff Current PhD research projects and previous... [-]

PhD in Philosophy

Palacky University
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2017 Czech Republic Olomouc + 1 more

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. Study program is modular with a credit system. [+]

Programme description: 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. Study program is modular with a credit system. At the beginning the student together with the supervisor creates an individual study plan which must correspond with the courses enrolled in STAG. The main duties include teaching of elective lectures and seminars, publication, participation in conferences and in an international education experience, studying a foreign language, attending methodical courses and developing the so-called "soft skills". In order to successfully complete the study the student is required to obtain at least 180 credits, pass the state doctoral examination and successfully defend a dissertation. Admission to Doctoral Study Programme In order to be admitted into the doctoral study programme a student has to successfully defend the Master's thesis, pass the final state exam or Master's exam in the field of Philosophy and successfully pass the admission interview. At the interview, all applicants have to present the committee with a proposal for their intended dissertation, a suggestion of the most appropriate methods and a time plan of its implementation, as well as an overview of the essential literature. Prior to the interview the applicants are required to obtain a preliminary approval from their supervisor with whom they agree on the dissertation topic and the method of its implementation. If the candidates have not passed the Master's oral exam from Philosophy yet, they... [-]

Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies

Africa International University
Online & Campus Combined Full time 2 years January 2018 Kenya Nairobi

The Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies subscribes to the AIU philosophy of education. However, the distinct needs of doctoral students require additional approaches to learning. [+]

PhDs in Philosophy. Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies The Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies subscribes to the AIU philosophy of education. However, the distinct needs of doctoral students require additional approaches to learning. Learning is at best holistic, collaborative, personal, sustained development that is contextualized in its matrix culture; in African Society, since group consensus is frequently valued higher than individual opinion, reflection needs to seek new consensus, and the learning community is the natural locus for this to occur. This program seeks to maximize these characteristics of learning. The Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies curriculum applies this philosophy to the programme. Individual students pursue their learning within a learning community. Students may be admitted in cohorts or as individuals and each cohort, and individuals together with the faculty will form a collaborative learning community during the period of study. Students’ ideas and reflections on issues are discussed and sharpened as they plan and do the research and dissertation during the dissertation cycle. Given the mission of AIU, the program seeks to cultivate and form leaders who engage in theological reflection integrated with social sciences so that theory may inform practice and vice-versa. This integration of theology and social sciences empowers the learners to be able to scrutinize contemporary theological discourses and help African Christians to developed contextual theologies and theological models that fit their contexts, respond to them constructively, and suggest alternatives rooted in fresh examinations of the biblical and theological texts and analysis of African... [-]

Doctor of Philosophy (DPHD)

University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
Campus or Online Full time Part time 3 - 6 years February 2018 Australia Toowoomba + 1 more

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a research degree available in all study areas and provides you with the skills to become an effective researcher in your previously studied discipline. By undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy you will have expansive intellectual freedom to be able to make an original and substantial contribution to your area of study. [+]

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a research degree available in all study areas and provides you with the skills to become an effective researcher in your previously studied discipline. By undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy you will have expansive intellectual freedom to be able to make an original and substantial contribution to your area of study. USQ academics are recognised throughout the world for their excellence in research. Some of the projects you can tap into are at the forefront of cutting edge research. As a research student you would have the commitment and support to make a difference to society in a meaningful way. USQ is committed to excellence in research training and provide a quality research training experience for our students. We maintain our relevance in research by linking with industry and business through local and international research networks. You can start your PhD at any time during the year. To start your PhD you need to clarify your research topic and seek an academic staff member to be your supervisor. This can sometimes take time so it is wise to allow several months for discussion with potential supervisors and for consideration of your application. Career outcomes Graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in industry, academia or government with specialisation of your chosen field. Entry Requirements Applicants must have one of the following: a Bachelor degree with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division A) at an... [-]

FdV Life Science PhD Program

Center for Research and Interdisciplinary (CRI)
Campus Full time September 2017 France Paris

Since the creation of the FdV doctoral school in 2006, the aims were focused on life sciences. Traditionally, students have pursued interdisciplinary research projects in natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences. Recently, projects in the life sciences have incorporated approaches and/or applications from other disciplines including the social sciences and humanities, however the focus of the work is on advancement of knowledge in life science. [+]

PhDs in Philosophy. Since the creation of the FdV doctoral school in 2006, the aims were focused on life sciences. Traditionally, students have pursued interdisciplinary research projects in natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences. Recently, projects in the life sciences have incorporated approaches and/or applications from other disciplines including the social sciences and humanities, however the focus of the work is on advancement of knowledge in life science. As of December 2015, over 110 PhDs have been granted to FdV fellows studying topics at the frontiers of life science, and over 120 are currently in pursuit of their degree. “Frontières du Vivant” (FdV) projects involve interactions between a broad range of academic disciplines, in the pursuit of understanding living systems. Students who join the doctoral school are trained in various disciplines (e.g. biology, physics, medicine, economy, linguistics) from around the world. Degree requirements The PhD at the FdV program represents a combination of research experience gained in the hosting lab and experience in interdisciplinary science-related activities gained through the doctoral school. Students are required to complete the FdV training program, which consists of at least 300 hours of training. Half of the hours must be completed through FdV approved courses, workshops, or activities and the remainder may be completed through external programs, international conferences, summer schools, etc. The doctoral school does not require a determined number of publications to authorize the defense. However, it recommends that students are involved in 3 publications during their thesis: One research... [-]

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... [-]

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

Lingnan University
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

The Department of Philosophy at Lingnan has 15 members. They cover all the main areas in philosophy in their research and teaching, including aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, history of Chinese and Western philosophy, logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. [+]

PhD in Philosophy Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time) Place: Hong Kong The Department of Philosophy at Lingnan has 13 members. They cover all the main areas in philosophy in their research and teaching, including aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, history of Chinese and Western philosophy, logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. The work of Lingnan philosophers has been published by leading publishers (like Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press) and in top journals (like British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Ethics, Mind, Nous, Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophy of Science, and Philosophy of Science). Given the breadth and high quality of research done by Lingnan philosophers, the Department is one of the best places in Asia for undertaking doctoral studies in philosophy, especially in analytic philosophy. The Department is a place of lively philosophical exchanges in our regular staff seminars and even more in informal and frequent debates on an ad hoc basis. Application Methods Applicants may seek admission to the PhD programme in two ways as follows: 1. Apply for PhD Programmes via the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) ... [-]

Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Roosevelt University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Schaumburg Chicago

The Department of Psychology's Doctor of Philosophy degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is based on a scientist-practitioner model of professional training. [+]

PhDs in Philosophy. Industrial/Organizational Psychology (PhD) Offered in: SCHAUMBURG The Department of Psychology's Doctor of Philosophy degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is based on a scientist-practitioner model of professional training. The program enrolled its first ever Ph.D. students in the fall of 2012. This group represented the first Ph.D. students in the history of the entire university. The PhD program provides a more advanced degree in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology area. Generally, Master’s and PhD's in I/O psychology have a different focus and therefore prepare students for different kinds of work. While a master’s degree is an almost purely applied degree that prepares students for application of I/O psychology principles with a focus on practical skills, the PhD is a research degree that prepares students to conduct scientific research and analyze data with a much higher degree of sophistication. While the doctoral degree can prepare one for an academic career, most I/O psychologists, even those with the PhD, work outside of academia. The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the leading professional organization for I/O psychologists, found in a 2006 membership survey that most respondents held PhDs (89% PhD, 11% master’s degree). Of these mostly PhD respondents, however, only 39% were employed by a college or university. I/O psychologists with PhDs work for companies, non-profit organizations, government, research institutes, consulting firms, and as independent consultants. They occupy roles similar to some that would be occupied by master’s-level I/O practitioners, but the PhD prepares practitioners for more sophisticated work, especially work requiring high-level... [-]