How to Apply

Though applicants must complete the University of St Andrews application process, staff from both St Andrews and Stirling are available to supervise MPhil and PhD theses.

Your application must be accompanied by your CV, two academic references, a transcript of your academic record and evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).

Entry Requirements

Conversion Diploma

A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject. Applicants who have not met the required 2.1 standard may still apply but will be required to submit a writing sample in support of their application. In addition to the documentation listed above, applicants should also include a personal statement (max 500 words).

MLitt

In addition to the documentation listed above, applicants should also include a sample of academic written work (max 2500 words) as evidence of the capacity for independent philosophical thought. This typically takes the form of critically engaging with and evaluating a philosophical text, thesis, argument, or problem. A mere survey or summary of positions held by others is unsuitable.

MPhil

In addition to the documentation listed above, applicants should also include a sample of academic written work (between 2000 to 4000 words) and a statement of research interests (max 200 words). Where possible at the application stage, applicants are requested to indicate their preferred first and second supervisor. See details of academic staff here.

PhD

In addition to the documentation listed above, applicants should also include a sample of academic written work (between 2000 to 4000 words) and a research proposal (max 1000 words) outlining the proposed research questions and context. Where possible at the application stage, applicants are requested to indicate their preferred first and second supervisor. See details of academic staff here.

Further Information

For further information regarding the application process please contact the Postgraduate Secretary.

For details about funding opportunities please refer to the sections on Funding and Postgraduate scholarships.