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OverviewOur research is consistently ranked among the best in the country. The department has a lively and flourishing postgraduate community, and advanced research students are offered opportunities to gain teaching experience. We enjoy collaborative connections with other London universities, and the activities of the nearby Royal Institute of Philosophy, the Aristotelian Society, and the University of London Institute of Philosophy.CareersRecent graduates with a PhD in Philosophy from UCL
Our research is consistently ranked among the best in the country. The department has a lively and flourishing postgraduate community, and advanced research students are offered opportunities to gain teaching experience. We enjoy collaborative connections with other London universities, and the activities of the nearby Royal Institute of Philosophy, the Aristotelian Society, and the University of London Institute of Philosophy.
Recent graduates with a PhD in Philosophy from UCL have gained prestigious academic fellowships as well as postdoctoral placements in the UK and elsewhere in Europe (for example at the University of Oxford, the University of London, University of Cambridge, Sheffield University, University of Antwerp, and the Institute of Philosophy, UNAM, Mexico). Others have gone on to lectureships in the UK (for example at the University of Oxford, University of York, LSE) and overseas at the University of Cape Town and the University of Melbourne.
The department has an outstanding job placement record in a highly competitive academic market. The most successful candidates in this market are valued for their range of teaching competence, provided for by the taught elements of the MPhil/PhD programme, as well as for their particular area of specialisation, determined by the research topic of the doctoral thesis. During the course of the programme, students receive training in presentational skills, interview practice and teaching methods, and are encouraged to present their research at the department's Work in Progress seminars, and at graduate and academic conferences in the UK and overseas.
The usual prerequisite for the MPhil/PhD is a one-year research degree in Philosophy or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Direct admission to the PhD requires the MPhil Stud (or equivalent). All applicants for research degrees must submit two short pieces of work, of about 2,000 words each, with their application.
Founded in 1826, University College London (UCL) is a highly prestigious institution, located in the heart of Bloomsbury, London’s academic centre. The university has nurtured countless inspiring minds and 30 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to current or former staff and students. UCL is home to almost 24,000 postgraduate students, with a total student population of 42,000 from over 150 countries worldwide.
UCL offers 675 postgraduate research, taught and teacher training courses, spanning a broad range of subject areas. Qualifications include:
UCL fosters an inclusive community, undertaking world-leading and world-impacting research (Research Excellence Framework 2014) through its pioneering academics, students and staff.
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