Philosophy at St Andrews

Current postgraduates

The graduate programmes of the departments of philosophy at the University of St Andrews and the University of Stirling are now fully merged into the St Andrews/Stirling Philosophy Graduate Programme (SASP).  All philosophy graduate students at either St Andrews or Stirling are now students in this combined graduate programme.

The joint graduate programme is overseen by a Joint Committee - made up of three acaemics from each of the two participating departments - which meets at least once in each semester.

For 2017/18, the SASP programme is administered at St Andrews, in Edgecliffe on The Scores, the home of the St Andrews Department of Philosophy.  

The Director of Graduate Studies in semester 1 2017/18 is Dr Patrick Greenough (extension 2481, room 202, and in semester 2 2017/18 Dr Justin Snedegar (extension 2411, room B11,  The Deputy Directors of Graduate Studies are Dr Derek Ball (extension 1795, room 110, and Dr. Philip Ebert (

The MLitt Programme

The MLitt programme is administered and mainly taught at St Andrews, in Edgecliffe. Note however that that in semester 1 the two core modules taken by all students will be taught at the Department of Philosophy at Stirling and a coach is arranged for the journey to Stirling each week.

The Director of the MLitt programme for semester 1 2017/18 will be Dr Barbara Sattler (extension 2474, room 209, and for semester 2 2017/18 Professor Jens Timmermann (extension 2468, room 205,  They are your point of contact as regards any issues that may be affecting your academic progress.

Your MLitt advisor is your first point of contact as regards discussing any personal or health issues which may be affecting your academic progress. 

The MLitt co-ordinator in Stirling is Dr Philip Ebert.  He is there to hear about questions or concerns about the Stirling day or any other matter.  

Diane MacLachlan is the Postgraduate Course Administrator for the SASP programme. She will help you with practical inquiries and arrange meetings with teaching staff when necessary. Diane is based in the main Philosophy office in Room G09, Edgecliffe.

Initial Meeting and Postgraduate Welcome Reception

All Postgraduate students are required to attend initial meetings on Tuesday 12th September in Room 104, Edgecliffe.

These will be held at 3.30pm for MLitt students and at 4.30pm for research students. These meetings will be followed at 5.30pm by a welcome reception for all Philosophy graduate students.  This will be held in Edgecliffe.  The reception is an opportunity for incoming students to get to know one another, and also to meet returning graduate students and members of staff.

Philosophy Seminars and Events

The St Andrews Philosophy Club meets several times each semester, usually on Wednesday afternoons, for papers by visiting speakers. The full programme for 2016/17 can be found at

The Department of Philosophy at Stirling holds its visiting speaker seminars on Thursday afternoons.  The full programme for 2016/17 can be found online at

St Andrews also has a weekly seminar run by and for the research students, meeting Friday evenings, to which everyone is welcome. The programme for 2016/17 can be found at

Arché runs a variety of informal seminars and discussion groups. The latest Arché seminar programme can be found at

There are additional philosophy events of interest to postgraduate students, such as conferences and special lectures featuring visiting and internal speakers. You are warmly encouraged to attend any of these events.

Postgraduate Reading Party

There is a reading party for postgraduate students and staff once a year. The Reading Party bases itself on one or another country retreat in beautiful surroundings: a fine opportunity for seeing Scotland, hiking, and sampling Scottish food and drink, with the give and take of philosophy in the evenings.

This year, the reading party will take place on the weekend of 20 - 23October 2017 at Comrie Croft, Perthshire.  Full details of the Reading Party will be circulated at the start of the session.

Information and booklets 

More information for current postgraduates can also be found on the SASP website, in the MLitt Student Handbook 2017/18 and in the PhD/MPhil Student Handbook 2017/18.