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Visiting Research Students

If you are a PhD student thinking about spending some time researching at Warwick, there are opportunities to come and study in Philosophy as a visiting PhD student for up to one year. Typically visiting research students stay in the department for 10 weeks, which is the length of one term at Warwick. However, we welcome visiting researchers for up to a full year. Please note, visits of less than 12 months do not incur tuition fees.


After you have made contact with your Warwick supervisor, you should apply to the Visiting PhD programme using the university application system. You will need to supply the following when you apply:

  • 1-2 page outline summarising your current research, what you plan to do at Warwick, and why you think this will benefit your research
  • Your proposed Warwick supervisor
  • Your proposed visit dates
  • Reference from your current supervisor specifically supporting a period of study at Warwick; you can supply their contact details on the application form, and if you provide an email address, Admissions will automatically send a reference request to your current supervisor
  • IELTS of 7.0 or equivalent if your first language is not English, (this can be supplied later on if necessary)
  • Confirmation that you are currently a student elsewhere; this can either be integrated in your supervisor's reference or be supplied as a letter from your home university

Before you apply, you should ensure a member of staff in Philosophy can supervise your research. A list of academic staff and their research interests can be found here. You are invited to make contact with your potential supervisor before making your application to see if they are available during your proposed visiting period.

Please note, visiting researchers are not eligible for Warwick-based scholarships.

More information

If you have any questions about studying with us as a visiting research student, please contact us at

Additionally, you should explore the information on our PhD study pages as well as the departmental research pages to find out more about our research community, and what it's like to be a PhD student in Philosophy, not to mention logistical considerations such as accommodation and visas, if you need one to study in the UK.