Philosophy at St Andrews

Current postgraduates

University Guidance

Orientation 2018

Advising and Matriculation

Semester Dates 2018/19

Advice & Support

Key information for current Postgraduate Students



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 academics from each of the two participating departments - which meets at least once in each semester.

Further infomation about SASP can be found on the SASP webpage.


Key Staff

Director of the SASP programme - Dr Justin Snedegar

Deputy Director of the SASP programme - Dr Derek Ball

Director of the MLitt programme - Professor Jens Timmermann

MLitt coordinator in Stirling - Dr Philip Ebert

Postgraduate Secretary - Diane MacLachlan (First point of contact for Postgraduate enquiries)


University of St Andrews Academic Staff

University of Stirling Academic Staff



Please refer to the relevant handbook for all information about your programme.


Conversion Diploma Handbook 2018/19


MLitt Handbook 2018/19


MPhil/PhD Handbook 2018/19


Postgraduate Taught

The MLitt Programme - MLitt and First Year MPhil Students

The MLitt programme is administered and mainly taught at the Department of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews in Edgecliffe on The Scores. Note however, that in semester one, the two core modules will be taught at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Stirling on Mondays.


In semester 1 you will take two core modules and one optional module.

In semester 2 you will take one core module and two optional modules.


2018/19 Timetable and Coach Pick Up Information


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


Mlitt Dissertation

You should be thinking about a topic for your dissertation and discussing possibilities with your adviser from at least the beginning of semester two. Full guidance for the MLitt dissertation can be found in the MLitt Handbook.


Dissertation Proposal Deadline 2018/19 - 29th March 2019

Please submit to the Postgraduate Secretary at


Dissertation Deadline 2018/19 - 16th August 2019

Please submit via MMS by 12 noon



M-Skills is a development programme that comprises a number of workshops, lectures, online resources, mentoring schemes and networking events specifically for Postgraduate Taught Students.


Further information about M-Skills and how to book on to workshops


Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate Researcher Mandatory Courses

PGR students who teach should book on to the mandatory workshops through CAPOD. Please note, if you have not done the courses you cannot do any teaching. You only need to do the courses once during your time at the University of St Andrews.

You need to do one tutoring and one assessment workshop.

If you can’t make the faculty-specific workshops, you are welcome to attend any of the other ones – the same principles are covered, it’s just the examples that differ. Students must also complete the online course Diversity in the Workplace before attending the face-to-face workshops.


Further information and dates for the 2018/19 mandatory courses


Postgraduate Researcher Induction and Essentials Sessions

The induction and essentials sessions are intended to help you make a smooth transition from undergraduate/masters study or the workplace to postgraduate research. The induction will explain the University structures, policies and procedures that apply to you as you undertake a doctoral or other research degree.

Inductions take place three times each academic year in order to accommodate different start dates - you only need to sign up to one induction. All inductions are open to students from all disciplines. You should attend the induction nearest to your start date.

In addition to a morning induction, you should sign up for one afternoon essentials session.

The essentials sessions are designed to introduce you to the full range of support and advice available to you as a postgraduate research student, so that your time at the University of St Andrews will be as rewarding and productive as possible. There are several sessions at various times in the first semester, and one session in the second semester - please choose the session that fits best with your schedule.


Further information and dates for the 2018/19 inductions and essentials sessions


GRADskills Programme

GRADskills is a suite of workshops, networking events and activities designed specifically for postgraduate research students delivered by the Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development (CAPOD).

Aims: To support the development of all research postgraduate students at the University of St Andrews, to improve their research capability and widen their employability inside and outside of academia.


Further information about GRADskills and how to book on to workshops



Thesis Guidance - Second Year MPhil and PhD Students


Initial Meetings and Postgraduate Welcome Reception

All Postgraduate students are required to attend initial meetings on Tuesday 11th September 2018, all held in room 104, Edgecliffe, St Andrews. The timings of these meetings are as follows:


Conversion Diploma - 2pm to 3pm

MLitt/MPhil - 3pm to 4.30pm

PhD - 4.30pm to 5.30pm


These meetings will be followed by a welcome reception at 5.30pm for all Philosophy graduate students. This will be held in room 104, 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.


Basic Logic

In semester 1 there will be Basic Logic classes run by Poppy Mankowitz starting on 28th September, these classes are open to all. They will not be subject to formal assessment. If you would like to sign up, please contact the Postgraduate Secretary.


2018/19 Timetable

2pm to 4pm on Friday afternoons in room G03, Edgecliffe


Postgraduate Seminars and Events

MLitt Seminar

MLitt student, Philipp Schonegger, is coordinating the MLitt seminar this year. The semester 2 seminars take place weekly on a Wednesday during term time between 2pm-4pm in room G5W, Castlecliffe.


MLitt Seminar Programme


For further information, please contact Philipp.


Friday Seminar

We also have a weekly seminar run by and for the research students, to which everyone is welcome. The semester 2 seminars take place weekly on Friday evenings during term time from 4pm in room 104, Edgecliffe.


Friday Seminar Programme 2018/19


University of Stirling Seminars

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

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.


University of Stirling Research Seminars 2018 Schedule


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 Friday October 18th to Monday October 21st (three nights) at Glencoe Outdoor Centre, Glencoe, Argyll. Full details of the reading party will be circulated at the start of the session.