General information about Honours

An Honours qualification adds extra value to your undergraduate degree. It equips you with research skills that are of value to many employers, and can serve as a pathway to a PhD program in HSI Philosophy.

In studying for a Philosophy Honours degree in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry, you will learn how to carry out independent research in philosophy. You will learn how to write a research proposal, which methods should be used in designing and planning a philosophical research project, and what is required for writing strong research papers. You will have the opportunity to test your ideas by presenting your work through work-in-progress sessions. You will also learn what is required for developing a research career in philosophy, strategies for publishing in strong venues, why it is important to work on topics that have impact beyond academia, and what should be included in a competitive CV.

Application Deadline: The normal deadline for Honours applications is at end of October.

Honours application process

At the Honours application-stage we understand that you are still preparing to embark on an exploratory journey. As such, treat what you say in Honours application as provisional and subject to further refinement and development during your Honours degree.

The Honours Application form requires you to fill out the following parts:

Below we have supplied a list of potential research questions relating to various topics – e.g. emotions and law, free will, the extended mind – that staff can potentially supervise. We have listed the questions and their related topics under the main branches of philosophy. Choose a question and describe the broad topic area briefly, describing the latter in general terms of no more than 50 words.
Chose a research question from those listed under the various branches of philosophy below. Briefly describe the research question in no more than 50 words. We encourage you to think of your chosen research question as provisional. It may not be the exact one that you investigate in your thesis. This is because a major part of your Honours training in Philosophy will include learning how to choose a non-trivial thesis topic and question. This is a major focus of PHIL470, a subject that you must take as an Honours student in Philosophy.
Say, in approximately 150 words, something about the kind of overall approach you will take in addressing your provisional topic and question. You are asked to detail what form your analysis will take. Will it be a purely analytic conceptual analysis? Will you engage in empirically informed-theorising? Will it be an exegesis of the history of ideas? Say why your chosen approach is appropriate to your chosen question.
Say how you will conduct your research in approximately 150 words. Provide a rationale for a step–by–step plan of work. Say what the main arguments and objections you will deal with in answering your question. Ensure there is overlap with your chosen theoretical perspective outlined in Step 3.
Identify the main sources that you will use and consult in addressing your question. Say why you have chosen to look at these and not others.
It is assumed that you will have a Major in Philosophy. However, it may still be possible to purse Honours in Philosophy even if you have only done a Minor in Philosophy or have studied a substantial amount of philosophy. If this applies to you please discuss your case with the Philosophy Honours Coordinator: Dr. Michael Kirchhoff on
List a number of different articles and books that are relevant to your investigation, ideally between 5 and 10.