The University of St Andrews and the University of Oslo (UiO) are pleased to offer a joint programme leading to the award of a Joint Doctoral Degree in Philosophy.
Philosophy at St Andrews
St Andrews is one of the leading international centres for philosophy in Britain. Philosophy at St Andrews was ranked top in Scotland and fifth in the UK in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014. The department runs a busy programme of conferences, workshops and visiting speakers from universities in the UK and from abroad. The Philosophy Club, which is open to everyone, is the regular visiting speakers' seminar. Several specialized research seminars meet weekly or fortnightly. There is also a Friday Seminar for doctoral students.
There are two philosophical research centres in St Andrews: The Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (CEPPA), and the Arché Philosophical Research Centre for the Philosophy of Logic, Language, Metaphysics and Epistemology. The Philosophical Quarterly, one of the most respected international philosophy journals, is edited from St Andrews.
Philosophy at Oslo
The Department of Philosophy at the University of Oslo offers high-quality instruction and supervision across a broad range of the philosophical disciplines and traditions. The University is particularly proud of the academic strength in Ancient Philosophy, Ethics, the Philosophies of Languages and Logic, as well as the Philosophy of Mind and Epistemology. The Department is host to a Centre of Excellence, which means that a large number of international philosophers lecture and teach in Oslo on a regular basis.
Candidates can elect to start the programme at either St Andrews or Oslo. One institution will be identified as the lead, normally the one at which you will spend the most amount of time.
If you wish to have the University of Oslo as the lead institution you must first apply for a vacant position as doctoral research fellowship or apply with external funding.
You will have to spend at least a year (12 months) in total as a resident student at both St Andrews and the University of Oslo in order for the Universities to recognise the degree. Students will divide their time into study blocks in order to facilitate access to the resources, human and otherwise, that will maximise their research opportunities. Each study block should be at least six months in length where possible.
The agreement provides students with access to two supervisors throughout the duration of their degree. Students are expected to engage with both institutions from start to finish, and to meet regularly with all parties, either in person or using virtual methods such as Skype.
Students with St Andrews as the lead institution are encouraged to partake in the educational components, like thesis seminars, while at UiO. For students with UiO as the lead institution, the educational components are mandatory.
A student with UiO as the lead institution will have the opportunity to apply for a one-year completion grant if they hand in their dissertation within the three years.