Joint Doctoral Degree (PhD)
We strongly encourage students to begin their studies in September, but the start date for research study can be flexible. Start dates are 27 August, September, October, January or May.
The PhD consists of three years of full-time study. A further extension will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances.
Applicants for the joint PhD must have a minimum of a good Masters degree (or equivalent) in Philosophy. A Masters degree (or equivalent) must have been completed and the final evaluation must be available at the time of application. In each case, your Masters degree will be considered with regard to its quality and how it prepares you for doctoral research.
Applicants must also meet the English language requirements. If you require an English language certificate, this must be gained before the start of the PhD.
Depending on your nationality, you may require a visa to study in the UK and in the Netherlands:
How to apply
The University of Amsterdam does not charge tuition fees to students on this programme. While studying at Amsterdam, you will be exempted from fees at St Andrews.
While studying at St Andrews, students will pay local fees unless otherwise outlined in the individual candidate agreement.
However, each year, the School of Philosophy, Anthropology and Film Studies at St Andrews will pay for the tuition fees of one student attending St Andrews under this programme. The joint PhD programme does not provide dedicated bursaries, but you may find scholarships from external funding bodies, the University of St Andrews, or the University of Amsterdam. Any funding or scholarships you obtain must be approved by St Andrews and Amsterdam before starting the doctoral programme. Students who have accepted a place and an offer of full funding at St Andrews are not eligible to be considered for the joint programme.
Applications can be sent in any time throughout the academic year. However, it is important to remember that if you are applying for any scholarships or funding, then the deadline for this may be early in the year.
The academic coordinators of the joint programme, Professor Luca Incurvati (email@example.com) for Amsterdam and Professor Franz Berto (firstname.lastname@example.org) for St Andrews, can be contacted for information and help at any point during the procedure.
Students can also directly contact a supervisor at St Andrews and a supervisor at Amsterdam to discuss the opportunities available.
If a supervisor from each university agrees to support a project, students will need to complete the applications requirements at both universities. You can access the St Andrews application form online. At Amsterdam, applicants need the definite commitment of a supervisor before starting the application procedure. You will also need to complete Amsterdam’s request for admission to a doctoral programme. The ILLC website also has further information about admission to its doctoral programme.
Admission to the PhD must commence prior to matriculation at St Andrews. Students matriculated at St Andrews cannot transfer part way through their studies.