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Doctorate in Philosophy

Dominican University College
4 years
Doctorate / PhD
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Dominican University College

Program description

Doctorate in Philosophy

The primary research interests of the Faculty of Philosophy are in the history of philosophy, metaphysics and contemporary European philosophy and its historical antecedents. Current issues and controversies in such areas as ethics, dialectics, epistemology, phenomenology, philosophical economics and the philosophy of law are also particular strengths within the Faculty. Students with a wide range of thematic and research interests can be accommodated by the Faculty.

The Faculty offers a four-year program of studies leading to a doctorate in philosophy. The principal requirements are the successful completion of six seminars, a candidacy exam and the writing of a thesis followed by an oral defence. Doctoral theses in the Faculty of Philosophy are normally about three hundred pages in length. Doctoral students must demonstrate advanced research and argumentative skills. Candidates are expected to cultivate the necessary linguistic, literary and empirical capabilities for the latest research in their chosen area of specialization.

Admission requirements

A Master’s degree in Philosophy from a recognized institution is normally required for admission to the doctoral program. If the graduate degree has been earned in another field, the applicant may still be admitted, but supplementary requirements or a qualifying year may be added to the student’s program.

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Program content

Year 1

Beginning of the program of studies and completion of four graduate courses.

Year 2

Completion of the final two courses required, submission of the thesis proposal and passing of the candidacy examination.

Year 3

 Advancement of research work and drafting of the thesis.

Year 4

Completion, submission and defense of the thesis.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

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Dominican University College

Dominican University College

Established in 1900, Dominican University College (DUC) is a public, first-class research university located in Ottawa, Canada’s national capital. The university offers an inspiring learning environment where every student contributes mentally, physically, and emotionally to making the university a stimulating...

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Why study at Dominican University College

Dominican University College (DUC) offers an inspiring learning environment, where every student contributes mentally, physically and emotionally to make the university a stimulating, innovative and energizing place to study in. Established in Ottawa in 1900, Dominican University College is one of the oldest institutions in Canada. DUC is affiliated with Carleton University and students have an opportunity to enroll in classes on both campuses. A small university size encourages a positive school climate throughout all its premises, where the administration pays special attention to fostering safety on campus, promoting a supportive and caring academic and physical environment, and encouraging and maintaining respectful and trusting relationships among faculty and students.


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William Green
There is perhaps no place better suited to the study of medieval philosophy than among Dominican friars in Ottawa. Dominican University College is a rare gem where one can be immersed in an environment steeped in one of Christianity’s richest intellectual traditions. Students of all academic backgrounds will find themselves at home thanks to the...
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René Ardell Fehr
The main strength of Dominican University College lies in its focus as a research institution. In the graduate programs in particular, students are required to take relatively fewer courses in favour of more research-heavy thesis or dissertation project. This format works particularly well at DUC, as the students enjoy close relationships with t...
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Dominican University College

96 Empress Avenue
K1R 7G3 Ottawa Ontario

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