Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Program Websites


Program Contact

Meghan Magowan (Graduate Program Coordinator) and Angela Mendelovici (Graduate Chair) (philgradoffice@uwo.ca)

Department of Philosophy

Western University
Stevenson Hall Rm 3148
London, Ontario N6A 5B8

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 85744
f. 519-661-3922

The PhD in Philosophy at Western in a four-year program. In their first year students take courses; in their second they take a comprehensive exam in their main research area and complete a course that will lead the writing and defend of a thesis prospectus; their third and fourth years are spent writing their dissertations.

The courses and supervision available reflect the strengths and diversity of interests of the faculty, which collect along five principal fields: feminist philosophy; history of philosophy (ancient, medieval and modern); moral, political and legal philosophy; philosophy of mind and language; and philosophy of science (including mathematics and logic).

For details about our fields of research, please visit: https://www.uwo.ca/philosophy/graduate/Fields%20of%20Research/index.html.


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Program Length

  • 12 Terms

Program Design

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Information

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships (if eligible):

Admission Requirements

For details about our admission requirements, please visit: https://www.uwo.ca/philosophy/graduate/admissions/admission_requirements/index.html

English Language Proficiency

For details about our English language proficiency requirements, please visit: https://grad.uwo.ca/admissions/international.html

Application Deadline

  • January 7 (opens October 7) - Fall term

Fields of Research

  • Feminist Philosophy
  • History of Philosophy
  • Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Mind & Language
  • Philosophy of Science