The purpose of the D Phil in Philosophy is to produce reflective members and leaders of society who are able to think clearly and critically about intellectual and ethical and cultural issues in a complex multicultural and globalized world at an advanced level. The aim is to produce highly qualified and resourceful thinkers who are able to make informed judgments in their specialist areas and who are able to transfer their expertise and apply it in many contexts. Such thinkers increase the pool of qualified academic researchers. They will contribute to the regional and national goals through the possession of intellectual resources which may be applied to the formulation of policies relevant to the common and public good, through the ability to facilitate constructive dialogue and through the ability to critique unexamined ideologies. In addition in an ‘information age’ they will be able to discern what genuinely promotes human, social and cultural development.