PhD Program


Doctoral candidates will specialize in one or more of three departmental research clusters:

• Metaphysics and its History
• Kant and Continental Philosophy
• Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

The Ph.D programme is intended to be completed within 4 years of full time study. Applicants should have already completed a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy or equivalent. The minimum residence requirement for Ph.D candidates is two years. The candidate must complete 15 credit hours of graduate level courses. By the end of the seventh semester, the candidate must complete comprehensive examinations, including written and oral components.  The candidate must submit a dissertation proposal (see thesis proposal) to the supervisory committee within six months following the successful completion of the comprehensive examination. After defending the proposal in a meeting with the supervisory committee (either in person or by skype), the candidate shall proceed to writing the dissertation.

The candidate will complete a second language requirement by the end of the second year of the program. The Ph.D dissertation should be completed and defended by the end of the fourth year.

During their programme, Memorial doctoral students will have an opportunity to study at the graduate level at the University of Augsburg, Germany, with which Memorial University has a faculty/student exchange program.