St Andrews and Oslo joint PhD in Philosophy
The University of St Andrews and the University of Oslo (UiO) have established an agreement to allow PhD candidates to undertake research leading to the award of a Joint Doctoral Degree in Philosophy.
Joint Doctoral Degree in Philosophy
We strongly encourage students to begin their studies in September, but the start date for research study can be flexible. Your start date will be decided between yourself and your supervisor, but you may indicate your preferred start date on the application. Start dates are 27 August, September, October, January or May.
Where precise dates for a particular year of the programme are not available at the time of an individual candidate agreement, they must be agreed by March prior to the academic year in question. All changes to dates and location of study must be agreed with the supervisors and reported to the postgraduate team in Registry at both institutions.
Depending on your nationality, you may require a visa to come to the UK.
All students in the joint degree must conform to St Andrews and UiO regulations for the duration of PhD study. This consists of three years of full-time study, with the possibility of a continuation period of 12 months. A further extension will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances. This must be agreed with the Pro-Dean (Postgraduate Research) at St Andrews and the PhD Programme at UiO.
Applicants for direct entry to the PhD must have a very good Masters degree in Philosophy.
To be eligible for a research fellowship and admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo, applicants must, as a minimum, have completed a five-year graduation course (Masters degree or equivalent). In special cases, the Faculty may grant admission on the basis of a one-year Masters course following an assessment of the study programme’s scope and quality.
A Masters degree (or equivalent) must have been completed and the final evaluation must be available at the time of application.
UiO does not charge tuition fees. While studying at UiO, students 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.
Funding and sponsorship arrangements must be agreed with St Andrews and UiO in advance of commencing this programme. St Andrews will assess funding and sponsorship agreements on a case-by-case basis. Duplication of funding will not be permitted. 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.
Students should apply to both St Andrews and UiO. If your application is successful, the Collaborations and Study Abroad team at St Andrews will prepare an individual candidate agreement, outlining specific details of your specific programme, such as the thesis title, dates and location of study, and funding arrangements. This agreement will be sent to UiO for approval and signature.
If you wish to have University of Oslo as the lead institution you should first apply for a research fellowship or for admission to the PhD programme with external funding.
If you wish to apply with St Andrews as the lead institution you should contact the PhD coordinator at the UiO Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas for further instruction regarding admission.
Admission to the PhD must commence prior to matriculation at St Andrews and UiO; students cannot transfer part way through their studies.