Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Ancient and Medieval Philosophy: Introduction

Lead Faculty of the Collaborative Specialization

Arts and Science

Participating Degree Programs

Classics — PhD
Medieval Studies — PhD
Philosophy — PhD


The graduate units listed above participate in the Collaborative Specialization in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. The three units contribute courses and provide facilities and supervision of doctoral research. Ancient and Medieval Philosophy operates only at the doctoral level. The specialization is administered by a committee, which is drawn from all three units and is chaired by the director, who is a member of the committee.

Students who wish to enrol in the collaborative specialization must apply to and be admitted to both the doctoral program in one of the collaborating graduate units and the collaborative specialization. Upon successful completion of the doctoral degree requirements of the participating home graduate unit and the collaborative specialization, students will receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy” on their transcript.

Interested students should contact the director and the graduate coordinator of the unit in which they intend to register.

Contact and Address

Telephone: (416) 978-3178
Fax: (416) 978-8703

Ancient and Medieval Philosophy: Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • All applicants must meet the admission criteria of the unit through which they wish to enrol.

Specialization Requirements

  • Students must fulfil the normal requirements of the PhD in their home unit.

  • Students will normally concentrate in either ancient or medieval philosophy, though it is not necessary to indicate such specialization formally. Their plan of study must also be approved by the collaborative specialization committee and must include the following elements:

    • 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) in some area of philosophy other than the history of philosophy.

    • Successful completion of the proseminar (AMP2000Y).

    • A language competence examination at the appropriate level (in at least one of Greek, Classical or Medieval Latin, or Arabic, as relevant) consisting of unseen translation must be successfully completed before the major field or area examinations are first attempted.

    • Area, qualifying, or major field examinations must contain a paper involving translation from at least one of Greek, Classical or Medieval Latin, or Arabic (as appropriate to the area or field). This examination will be based on a substantial list of texts relevant to the field or area.

    • A reading knowledge of two modern languages other than English.

  • In most cases, some of these elements will be fulfilled by program requirements in the doctoral program of the home unit.

Ancient and Medieval Philosophy: Courses

Required Course

AMP2000Y Collaborative Specialization in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (CSAMP) Proseminar (Credit/No Credit)