Use rational argument to make sense of ourselves and the world we live in. Explore – and attempt to answer – some of the oldest and most complex questions raised by natural science, art and literature, language and communication, and history.
At St Andrews, you will become grounded in philosophical tradition and learn how to independently assess your own arguments.
Postgraduate PhD and MPhil research degrees are offered by the St Andrews and Stirling Graduate programme in Philosophy (SASP). To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.
You may also be interested in the St Andrews and Oslo joint PhD in Philosophy or the St Andrews and Amsterdam Global PhD.
First in Scotland and third in the UK for philosophy
Guardian University Guide 2023
First in Scotland and fifth in the UK for philosophy
The Complete University Guide 2023
82% of research activity rated 3* or 4*
Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)
Department of Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy is a large centre of philosophical study which offers a range of courses at every level. The Department provides a rich and varied programme of distinguished visiting scholars and lecturers.
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