DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

The PhD is a program of independent, supervised research that is assessed solely on the basis of a thesis, sometimes including a creative work component, that is examined externally. The work presented for a PhD must be a substantial and original contribution to scholarship, demonstrating mastery of the subject of interest as well as an advance in that field of knowledge.

The UNIVAL PhD in Philosophy enables students who show exceptional intellectual promise to complete their academic training, and to embark on their own careers of philosophical research.

During their first two to three years in the program all students take courses that provide them with expertise in a broad range of philosophical topics, including value theory, the history of philosophy, and the core areas of metaphysics and epistemology. They also receive training in whatever formal research methods might be necessary for their work. Students who successfully complete the department's comprehensive examination then go on to write a dissertation, working under the supervision of a committee of faculty members, in which their own philosophical ideas are presented and explained.

Students also get the opportunity to gain experience of teaching philosophy, through work as teaching assistants in a broad range of courses.

  • Degree
    Doctor of Philosophy
  • Subject
    Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Mode of delivery
    On campus
  • Registration options
    Full-time
  • Specialization
    Philosophy
  • Program Components
    Dissertation
  • Faculty
    Faculty of Arts