Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Program Websites

Program Contact

Meghan Talbot (mtalbot3@uwo.ca)
Administrative Assistant

Department of Philosophy

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

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 83453
f. 519-661-3922

The intent of the M.A. Program is to provide advanced training in philosophy, usually for graduates of Honours Bachelor's programs in Philosophy. Through course work students are exposed to a wide range of philosophical literature, both modern and historical, technical and discursive. In addition, a required research project in the summer term ensures that students develop strong skills in philosophical research and writing. This course of study offers students good preparation for doctoral training and research in Philosophy, and in related areas such as the History of Ideas, Law, Science, and Women’s Studies.

Times to Completion

  • 12 Terms (4 years)

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Details

Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum A- average in the Master's degree.

In special circumstances, admission will be offered to students with a Master’s in another discipline, depending on whether their program of study for the Master’s is appropriately related to their intended area of research in philosophy.

Test Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline(s)

  • January 7 - Fall term
  • November 30 - Winter term

Acceptance notification in late January for fall admission.

Fields of Research

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