I want to enter a PhD programme in continental philosophy in about 7 months. This is while I hold an MA in Computer Science. While the school is very open to my application, -- i.e. they don't strictly require a Master's degree in a related field-- I still want to make my application stand out as much as possible.

I have found quite many philosophy courses online (on coursera, and other websites) but the only ones that have captured my attention have been the ones coming from prestigious universities such as Harvard and Oxford.


Are such courses of any value when applying to universities? Specially in the case of a person coming from a very unrelated background.

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  • This question might actually be a better fit for academia.SE rather than philosophy.SE. I say this primarily because it looks like the main use of "value" in your question is whether this would help you with applications to PhD programs. – virmaior Aug 9 '17 at 7:49
  • But 7 months from now is an odd time to start a philosophy PhD program -- I don't know of any philosophy PhD programs that do admissions in May in the US or Canada.Normally the application timeline is apply in December or January, hear back before April 15, respond, and start attending in September. – virmaior Aug 9 '17 at 7:50
  • Thanks for the input. It's invigorating to get help from a person who also has a background in CS :) That's some invaluable feedback. Then I guess it's best I move this over to Academia.SE. By the way, I am not looking at US/Canada. I'm looking at few programmes in Europe which all have their deadlines set in March/April and start in October. – Tur Aug 9 '17 at 8:50
  • Seven months sounds like a very small amount of time to prepare for starting a PhD in a field you haven't worked in before. Honestly, academic philosophy, like most other fields, has gotten to the point where new work is very, very specific and honed in on one topic. I doubt that you would be able to do your dissertation on "all of continental philosophy" or something like that. My advice would be to pick something specific, (the work of Heidegger, Husserl, etc.) and try to find classes or seminars or something else specifically on that topic, it will stand out better than introductions will. – Not_Here Aug 10 '17 at 3:00