Scotland, in the north of the United Kingdom, has a tradition of higher education stretching back almost 600 years, boasting four of the six oldest universities in the UK (St Andrews founded in 1413, Glasgow in 1451, Aberdeen in 1495 and Edinburgh in 1582). Philosophy, too, has a long and distinguished history here, as evidenced by the enduring impact on Western philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment and thinkers such as David Hume and Adam Smith.
Philosophy graduate programmes are offered by the universities in six Scottish cities (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews and Stirling), many of which received ratings in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2001 indicating that their philosophical research is of an international standard of excellence. All run both taught and research graduate programmes, and qualifications that can be obtained include PhD, MPhil, MSc and MLitt degrees.
There are also a number of research centres within Scotland that provide a focus for expertise in specific areas of philosophy. These include the Arché Centre for the Philosophy of Logic, Language, Mathematics and Mind and the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs in St Andrews, the Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience in Glasgow and the Centre for the Study of Scottish Philosophy in Aberdeen.
There is a lively and international postgraduate community, both within individual institutions and, via the SPPA, across Scotland. All students enrolling on a postgraduate philosophy course at one of the Scottish universities automatically belong to the SPPA, through which they can make contact with around 100 philosophy postgraduates in Scotland. You can find details of many of our current members and their research interests on our members page.
If you are considering undertaking postgraduate-level study of philosophy in Scotland and have any questions about the place, the universities, or how to go about applying or moving here, then please do contact us and we'll do our very best to help, or else put you in touch with someone who can.
You can find out more about postgraduate study of philosophy in Scotland on the Scots Philosophical Club 'Study philosophy in Scotland' web page or by selecting one of the links to university postgraduate philosophy websites below:
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