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Philosophy

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.A.

Members

Professors

M. Aydede, P. Bartha, J. Beatty, C. S. I. Jenkins, D. Lopes, E. Margolis, A. W. Richardson, J. P. Russell, M. Schabas, O. Simchen, E. Thompson.

Professors Emeriti

S. F. Savitt.

Associate Professors

S. Anderson, R. Ballarin, M. Bedke, S. Berryman, M. Griffin, J. Ichikawa C. Mole, C. Stephens.

Program Overview

The Philosophy Graduate Program offers courses of instruction leading to both the M.A. and Ph.D. in most major areas of the discipline, including epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, political and social philosophy, philosophy of art, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, philosophy of mathematics, and history of philosophy.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the Ph.D. degree program normally possess an M.A. or an honours B.A. with first-class standing or equivalent. Transfer from the M.A. to the Ph.D. program is permitted under Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regulations.

Program Requirements

Coursework is selected in consultation with the student's supervisory committee. All doctoral students are required to pass a comprehensive examination. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

See the Department's graduate regulations for details.

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the M.A. degree program must have a B.A. or B.Sc. with at least 3-credits of coursework in formal logic and sufficient upper division work in the history of philosophy, ethics and value theory, and metaphysics, epistemology, or the philosophy of science to enable the student to undertake graduate-level work in these areas. They must also meet the general admission requirements for master's degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Requirements

There are two options for the M.A.:

  1. Thesis Option. This option requires 18 credits of coursework (a maximum of 6 credits at the 300- and 400-level, and a minimum of 12 credits at the 500-level or above) and a 12-credit thesis.
  2. Non-thesis Option. This option requires 30 credits of coursework. Of these, 6 credits may be at the 300- or 400-level.

Prerequisites for the M.A. program include a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with at least one term course in formal logic and sufficient upper division work in the history of philosophy, ethics and value theory, and metaphysics, epistemology, or the philosophy of science to enable the student to undertake graduate-level work in these areas.

Emphasis in Science and Technology Studies for Doctoral and Masters Students

Both the Ph.D. and M.A. in Philosophy offer students an opportunity to focus a portion of their studies towards an emphasis in Science and Technology Studies (STS). The STS emphasis offers opportunities for advanced research and study of scientific work and thought from a variety of perspectives associated with the humanities and social sciences. Students in the STS emphasis are required to take STS 501 (3), STS 502 (3), and STS 597 (M.A.) or STS 598 (Ph.D).

For more information on the STS emphasis, please see the STS Webpage.

Contact Information

Department of Philosophy
E370-1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z1
Tel: 604.822.8837
Fax: 604.822.8782
Email: phil.gradsec@ubc.ca
Web: www.philosophy.ubc.ca
Sandra Shaw, Graduate Program Staff

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