Students are registered initially for the degree of PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), although their status is probationary until the first Annual Review has taken place, normally between 12 and 18 months from first registration.
The usual period of doctoral study is three years, though the University’s Regulations also permit candidates who make particularly rapid progress to apply to the University Research Committee for permission to submit at the end of their second year of study.
Part-time applications will be considered, and maybe accepted where teaching provision is available; however, preference will be given to full-time applicants
Each student is allocated two supervisors. There is a First (or Principal) Supervisor, who is the student’s regular guide during his or her research, and with whom the student meets regularly throughout the year. There is also a Second Supervisor, whom the student may consult on a more limited basis where a ‘second opinion’ on a particular draft chapter may be helpful.
A major feature of the Philosophy at The University of Buckingham is its formal Seminar in Philosophy, which forms an essential element of the environment in which students pursue their research. This meets regularly during Term at the Humanities Research Institute’s London office at 51 Gower St, Bloomsbury (HRI Gower St). Approximately ten seminar meetings are held during each academic year. During each seminar a classic work of philosophy is being discussed with the students. The selection of these classics is varied, so that the PhD students broaden their philosophical horizons and deepen their knowledge of the history of philosophy.
All seminars take place on weekdays in the early evening (usually at 18:00) and some are followed by an informal dinner during which students can pursue the discussion initiated during the seminar proper.
A library of essential philosophical texts is maintained at HRI Gower St, and it is open to all students to request that the University purchase additions to this.
PhD Seminars 2023-2024
- 4 October 2023 Susan Neiman – Why Woke is Not Left
- 26 October 2023 Benjamin Tallis – From Ukraine with love
- 23 November 2023 Raymond Tallis with J. Spalding – The Purpose of the Arts Today
- 13 December 2023 Iris Murdoch – The Sovereignty of Good
- 17 January 2024 Donald Hoffman – The Case Against Reality
- 22 February 2024 P.F. Strawson – Freedom and Resentment
- 14 March 2024 Roger Scruton – Notes from Underground
- 18 April 2024 Mary Midgley – Philosophical Plumbing
- 16 May 2024 Gottlob Frege – On Sense and Representation
- 12 June 2024 Jacques Derrida – On Forgiveness
Enquiries should be directed in the first instance to our Admissions Officer (London Programmes) on email@example.com or by telephone to +44 (0)1280 827514.