Exploring philosophical concepts ranging from continental and moral philosophy to the history of philosophy, the history and philosophy of science, and analytical philosophy.

Based in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, our research programmes in Philosophy are distinguished for research on history of philosophy, the history and philosophy of science (especially philosophy of biology), the history of ethics and the Western tradition of political philosophy, and analytical philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of language).

Research Area marketing image

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification

Our Research

Philosophy research is centred on staff research interests and is embedded within the Centre for Knowledge and Society.

The department is currently leading two big research projects:


Our Experts

Other Experts
Dr Gerry Hough
Dr Michael Laffin
Dr Beth Lord
Dr Federico Luzzi
Dr Luca Moretti
Dr Ulrich Stegmann
Dr Paula Sweeney
Dr Stephan Torre

Entry Requirements

Normally, the minimum entrance requirement for admission to the PhD is a degree with Second Class Honours (Upper Division) in an appropriate field, or equivalent. It is preferable that you hold a Masters in the chosen area of study as well.

Alongside your application form, you will need to upload the following supporting documents online:

  • Copies of your undergraduate and graduate degree certificates
  • Academic transcripts for your undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Two academic references; either the details of your referees provided on your application form or uploaded online with your application.
  • Your research proposal
  • If English is not your first language and you have not studied previously at an institution in the UK, you will need to demonstrate your proficiency in English by taking an IELTS, TOEFL or PTE academic test.

International Applicants


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Fees and Funding

View the tuition fee rates

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

A vibrant and welcoming research environment

The Philosophy research environment in Aberdeen is vibrant, diverse and welcoming. We regularly publish in the top 10 philosophy journals and are active within the international research community.

The University and Thomas Reid

Thomas Reid (1710 – 1796) studied and lectured at Aberdeen. The legacy of his philosophical work is found in contemporary theories of perception, free will, philosophy of religion, and epistemology.


Recent graduates from Philosophy at Aberdeen have gone on to enjoy successful careers, academic and otherwise. Some graduates hold full-time academic positions, while other Masters-level graduates have successfully taken up PhD study at Aberdeen or elsewhere. In general, careers that demand and reward analytical abilities and the capacity for clear expression of ideas will suit the accomplished Philosophy postgraduate well. Academic positions by no means exhaust such job prospects.

What our Alumni Say

Balint Kekedi

Balint Kekedi

Balint Kekedi

Graduated 2016

During the years I spent at the Department, I enjoyed the lively and very welcoming community of teaching staff and fellow PhD students, and the fantastic support of my supervisors, which I continue to receive even after my graduation.

Marta Pawłowicz-Weychan

Marta Pawłowicz-Weychan

Marta Pawłowicz-Weychan

Graduated 2016

Working towards my PhD in Philosophy was an enjoyable experience. The department of philosophy is small and friendly, and it organises many interesting events. I received fantastic support and lots of encouragement from my supervisor.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

School of Divinity, History and Philosophy
University of Aberdeen
50-52 College Bounds
AB24 3DS