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Philosophy (PhD)

In our PhD program, you will explore and research advanced philosophy topics. You’ll receive mentorship from a supervisor who’s an expert in your field of study and work to generate a dissertation.

With departmental permission, you can also explore classes outside the philosophy department for a more interdisciplinary view on your specialization.

Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
4 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional


Students in this program will:

  • gain experience in understanding and applying complex concepts
  • acquire advanced mastery of the literature in at least 2 fields of philosophical study
  • develop and clearly articulate a philosophical research question
  • gain presentation and communication skills
  • hone skills of argument analysis
  • write a dissertation of original research on a topic developed by the student
  • gain a broadened understanding of issues and methods in a variety of areas of philosophy
  • acquire pedagogical skills suitable to teaching courses at university or college
  • acquire skills pertinent to publishing articles in professional philosophy journals

Find a supervisor

PhD students must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission
  • include an email from your supervisor with your application

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you’ve found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Audrey Yap

Professor Feminist and social philosophy, feminist epistemology, prison justice, logic and argumentation, philosophy of mathematics

Carrie Klatt

Associate Teaching Professor Philosophy of science (physics, mathematics), spacetime and quantum theory, philosophy of education

Chris Goto-Jones

Professor Asian philosophy, Buddhist philosophy & psychology, philosophy of mind/body, phenomenology, eco-philosophy, magic and religion, ethics and politics, philosophical therapy & practice.

Cindy Holder

Professor Philosophy of law, human rights, social and political philosophy, transitional justice, international law, history of political thought

Clifford Roberts

Assistant Professor Ancient philosophy

Colin Macleod

Professor Contemporary political philosophy, ethics, philosophy of law

David Scott

Associate Professor; Undergraduate Advisor Early Modern philosophy, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophy of religion

Eike-Henner Kluge, FRSC

Professor Biomedical and information ethics, topics in the history of philosophy

Emilie Pagano

Post-doctoral research fellow

Eric Hochstein

Associate Professor; Grad Coordinator History and philosophy of science, philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, social epistemology, and metaphysics

Geordie McComb

Lecturer Epistemology, aesthetics, philosophy of science

James O. Young, FRSC

Professor Philosophy of language, philosophy of art (esp. philosophy of music)

Karen Brown

Lecturer Philosophy of language, metaphysics and epistemology, linguistic semantics

Katie Stockdale

Associate Professor; Minor in Applied Ethics Coordinator; Grad Coordinator Moral psychology, feminist philosophy, social and political philosophy

Michael Raven

Professor; Graduate Advisor Metaphysics, philosophy of language/mind, epistemology

Nina Belmonte

Associate Teaching Professor History of philosophy, philosophy and literature, 19th & 20th-century continental philosophy, philosophy and film

Patrick Rysiew

Professor; Chair Epistemology, Early Modern philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, cognitive science

Peter Dietsch

Professor Economic ethics, tax justice, normative dimensions of monetary policy, income inequalities

Scott Woodcock

Associate Professor Normative ethics, philosophy of biology

Thomas Heyd

Lecturer Environmental philosophy, aesthetics, history of philosophy, climate change, the Anthropocene, and prehistoric art

Thomas Land

Associate Professor Kant, German idealism, early modern philosophy, analytic Kantianism, epistemology, philosophy of mind, action theory

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Application deadlines

September entry – apply by February 1
September entry – apply by February 1

Admission requirements

Program specific requirements

  • A letter of intent
  • Transcripts from the post-secondary institutions where you’ve studied
  • Two letters of reference
  • A writing sample (about 10 pages)

Program specific requirements

  • A letter of intent
  • Transcripts from the post-secondary institutions where you’ve studied
  • Two letters of reference
  • A writing sample (about 10 pages)

Completion requirements

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View the minimum course requirements for this program.

Funding & aid

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