If you are a doctoral student in philosophy currently engaged in research at another institution, you are eligible to apply for Recognised Student status with the Faculty of Philosophy. You are expected to be sufficiently advanced in your studies to undertake research largely unsupervised.
It is not possible to be admitted as a Recognised Student if you have already been matriculated as a member of the University. In such a case, the only possibility is to return as a matriculated non-award student which requires a college place. Matriculated non-award fees are set and published by each individual college; for further information you should contact your preferred college directly.
Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the standard level required by the University.
University tuition fees are payable to cover the cost of access to the University facilities and the guidance provided by your academic advisor. Tuition fees do not include college fees (as you are not affiliated with any college), accommodation, or other course and maintenance fees.
Please Note: The Faculty of Philosophy do not waive the Recognised Student tuition fees under any circumstances. Recognised students in Philosophy are not eligible for University scholarships, so your stay will need to be self-funded.
Students interested in joining the Faculty of Philosophy as a Recognised Student should read the eligibility criteria and guidance notes before applying.
For entry in 2023-24 you will first need to complete the Recognised Student Application 2023-24 and provide an application payment reference number; payment can be made via the University's Online Store. You must then also remember to upload the required supporting documentation before your application is considered by the Faculty.
We require the following supporting documentation:
- Certificate of enrolment or similar which indicates current enrolment in a PhD course at another institution.
- Exam transcripts from all of your previous degrees (with official English translations if they are in a foreign language)
- A statement of between 500 and 1,000 words outlining the proposed subject of your research
- Two references from Faculty members at your current university
- An English language test certificate (if applicable)
Along with the standard application paperwork stated above we ask applicants to nominate two potential advisors, one of whom will be assigned as your advisor if your application is successful. Please see the list of Faculty Members for guidance.
The Faculty of Philosophy does not require that you include a letter of support from the Head of Department or from your proposed academic advisor so it is not necessary for you to approach your nominated advisors yourself. If your nominated advisor is willing to provide a letter of support you may include this in your application, but it is not required. Please note that any informal agreement you may receive from a potential advisor does not guarantee that your application will be accepted. All applications are assessed by the Philosophy Faculty’s Graduate Studies Committee and their decision on all applications is final.