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Philosophy

Our philosophy department is a community full of unique insights and research interests. You’ll have the freedom to explore everything from moral and political philosophy to metaphysics. Our graduate program has proven research output and a strong international reputation. The research, support and mentorship you experience here will enrich your future studies and career.

Degree programs offered

Our MA in philosophy combines coursework with a major research project. You’ll work closely with your supervisor to create this project. You’ll study advanced philosophy topics, including a seminar on research methods in the field. You'll also complete a professional development practicum that will enhance your career skills. You’ll graduate with strong research and critical-thinking skills that will give you a competitive edge in your career field of choice. This program also opens doors to further education, either at the PhD level or in other fields like law.

Our PhD program will further develop your skill for independent thought and original research. You’ll receive mentorship from a supervisor who’s an expert in your field of study. You’ll work with your supervisor to generate a dissertation. You’ll explore and research advanced philosophy topics. With departmental permission, you can also explore classes outside the philosophy department for a more interdisciplinary view on your specialization.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MA 1 year Yes No
PhD 4 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Program delivery:
On-campus
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Aesthetics
  • Ancient philosophy
  • Applied ethics
  • Ethics
  • Epistemology
  • Feminist philosophy
  • History of philosophy
  • Logic
  • Metaphysics
  • Political philosophy
  • Philosophy of language
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Philosophy of science
  • Social philosophy

Find a supervisor

You do not need a supervisor for admission, but after reviewing the faculty contacts we recommend you list potential supervisors in your application.

We'll work with you to determine your supervisor and committee members early in your program.

Allison Barnes

Lecturer; on leave until April 30th 2022 Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, and Critical Thinking

Audrey Yap

Associate Professor; Graduate Advisor Feminist Philosophy, Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics, History of Mathematics and Logic (esp. 19th and 20th century)

Carrie Klatt

Assistant Teaching Professor Philosophy of Science (Physics, Mathematics) Spacetime and Quantum Theory, Philosophy of Education

Chris Goto-Jones

Professor Asian philosophy, magic, ethics, politics, philosophy of mind/body, philosophical therapy. 

Cindy Holder

Associate Professor; on leave from July 1st, 2021 - December 31st, 2021 Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Ethical Theory (Normative Theory), History of Moral and Social Thought, Feminist Philosophy, Ethical Theory (Metaethics).

Clifford Roberts

Assistant Professor Ancient Philosophy

Colin Macleod

Professor; Department Chair Contemporary Political Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Law

David Scott

Associate Professor Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics

Eike-Henner Kluge, FRSC

Professor Biomedical and Information Ethics, Topics in the History of Philosophy

Eric Hochstein

Assistant Professor History and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Neuroscience, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Social Epistemology, Metaphysics

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

Assistant Professor; on leave from July 1st, 2021 - June 30th, 2022 Moral psychology, feminist philosophy, social and political philosophy, normative and applied ethics

Michael Raven

Professor Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language/Mind, Epistemology

Nina Belmonte

Assistant Teaching Professor History of Philosophy, Philosophy and Literature, 19th & 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Philosophy and Film

Patrick Rysiew

Professor; on leave from July 1st, 2021 - December 31st, 2021 Epistemology, Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science

Scott Woodcock

Associate Professor; Applied Ethics Minor Coordinator Normative Ethics, Philosophy of Biology

Thomas Heyd

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

Thomas Land

Assistant Professor Kant, German Idealism, Early Modern, Analytic Kantianism, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Action Theory.

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)

Eligibility

  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $129
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and International students: February 1 for September entry.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Faculties & departments

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary at uvicphil@uvic.ca or 250-853-3120.

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