PhD - Philosophy

4 years
17,988 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

The Department of Philosophy at Memorial University provides a vibrant intellectual community in which students are encouraged to investigate the nature and difficulties of human existence and cognition. The Philosophy faculty's interests are diverse, with a special emphasis on historical elements of philosophy. Ethical and political philosophy, logic, metaphysics, and epistemology, as well as philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, existentialism, aesthetics, and hermeneutics, all have significant expertise.

The Department supports student participation in discussion groups and colloquia on a regular basis. Richard Rorty (University of Virginia), Jane Heal (Cambridge), Günter Wohlfart (Wuppertal), Carl Hausman (Pennsylvania State), Th. C. W. Oudemans (Leiden), Daniel Dennett (TUFTS), Gunther Mensching (Hannover), Guy Debrock (Nijmegen), and Roland Faber are recent guest lecturers featured in the Department's international speakers series (Vienna).

Courses, a comprehensive exam, and a thesis are all part of the PhD programme. It is necessary to be fluent in a second language. The programme is four years long and can be completed in four years of full-time study.

Program structure

  • Graduate Research Seminar
  • Seminar in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • Seminar in Modern Philosophy
  • Seminar in Contemporary Philosophy
  • Seminar in Metaphysics
  • Seminar in Epistemology
  • Seminar in Social and Political Philosophy
  • Seminar in Special Topics
  • Seminar in Selected Philosophical Texts
  • Seminar in Current Issues in Philosophy


  • Tuition — 17,988 CAD

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD

Requirements for applicants

  • Master of Arts in Philosophy or an equivalent qualification

Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or internet-based score of 92-93 (or higher); or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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