The Department of Philosophy at Queen's University is recognized internationally for its research excellence in political philosophy and cognate fields like normative ethics, applied ethics (especially animal ethics and bioethics) and legal philosophy. The Department also has strengths in continental philosophy, early modern philosophy, ancient philosophy, history of philosophy, metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science. The Department’s faculty include eight members of the Royal Society of Canada (seven fellows and one member of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists), Ontario’s Research Chair in Bioethics, and Canada's Research Chairs in Political Philosophy and the Philosophy of Law. For more about the Department's research, visit our Faculty and Research pages.
The Department of Philosophy offers four graduate programs: the M.A. program, the M.A. in Political and Legal Thought (PLT) program, the new J.D./M.A. in Political and Legal Thought program, and the Ph.D. program. Details about each program can be found at the pages below. For information on admissions, application procedures, and funding, see Prospective Students.