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.
Supervision: 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.
Seminars: 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 Street, Bloomsbury. Approximately ten seminar meetings are held during each academic year. Of these, roughly half are delivered by Professor Scruton, with a focus on the systematic reading of a major philosophical text (Kant's Critique of Pure Reason is one of texts surveyed), and an equal number are given by distinguished visiting speakers. 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 Street, and it is open to all students to request that the University purchase additions to this.
Entry requirements: a Master's, a first or second class upper division degree; or significant experience.
Selection process: candidates can apply directly online via our website: http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/applyonline. They should upload all their supporting documents including qualification certificates and transcripts, as the Programme Director will assess suitability on the basis of this information.