Introduction

Philosophy at St Andrews was ranked top in Scotland and fifth in the UK in the UK Research Excellence Framework.

In St Andrews 39% of the overall Philosophy profile met the standard for the 4* world-leading research grade, with a further 44% rated 3* internationally excellent and the remainder internationally recognised. In addition, 70% of the work submitted in the research environment category met the standard for 4* world-leading research with the REF Panel noting in particular the success of the SASP programme in placing students in academic posts following graduation.

In Stirling 62% of the overall Philosophy profile met at least the standard for the 3* internationally excellent grade and 80% of the work submitted in the research environment category also met the standard for internationally excellent work.

The St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme in Philosophy (SASP) is taught by the Philosophy Departments in the Universities of St Andrews and Stirling. The philosophy graduate programmes of St Andrews and Stirling are fully merged for all postgraduate degrees.

St Andrews and Stirling together form Scotland's premier centre for philosophy and one of the top philosophy schools in the United Kingdom. The philosophical ambience is intense, friendly and co-operative.

We offer graduate teaching at a level that matches the best graduate programmes elsewhere in the world, in a wide area of philosophy and the history of philosophy.

You can get an idea of individual research interests within SASP from the departmental websites of St Andrews and Stirling.

Many recent SASP students now hold permanent or tenure-track positions in the US, the UK and elsewhere. For more details, see our placement record.

In the latest Philosophical Gourmet Report produced by Brian Leiter SASP was ranked the 3rd best philosophy program in the UK.

For further information about SASP, please browse this website or consult our frequently asked questions.


Additional funding for PhD research through an EU grant to Stirling

The European Training Network Diaphora, financed by the European Commission under grant agreement H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015-675415 and coordinated by the University of Barcelona, offers 14 3-year positions in philosophy at predoctoral level, starting 01.10.2016.

Diaphora joins the Universities of Barcelona, Munich, Neuchâtel, Stirling, Stockholm and Edinburgh and the ENS Paris (Institut Jean Nicod) as consortium partners. Each consortium partner offers 2 predoctoral positions.

Diaphora serves as a research and training platform for collaborative research on the nature of philosophical problems, their resilience, the resources of persistent divergence of expert opinion about them, and their relation to conflicts in the practical sphere. It seeks to address these issues on the basis of first-level research into a number of notoriously hard philosophical problems and foundational issues in semantics and epistemology. Successful applicants are expected to conduct their doctoral research on topics within the remit of the network's seven workpackages.

The deadline for applications is 08.02.2016.


AHRC PhD Studentships 2016

The University of St Andrews is a member of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities and through the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership collaborates with seven leading Scottish universities to offer world-class doctoral training. The 2016 competition is now open and St Andrews is seeking candidates of great promise to nominate to join its world-leading research environment.

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Events

Philosophy Seminars and Events

The St Andrews Philosophy Club meets several times each semester, usually on Wednesday afternoons, for papers by visiting speakers.

The Department of Philosophy at Stirling holds its visiting speaker seminars on Thursday afternoons.

St Andrews also has a weekly seminar run by and for the research students, meeting Friday afternoons, to which everyone is welcome.

Arché runs a variety of informal seminars and discussion groups organised into a . weekly Arché schedule.