What is the best way to live? What can we know about the world and ourselves? What is the true nature of reality? Examine some of our most fundamental ideas about truth, reality, right and wrong and challenge society's views about them.
If you enjoy a challenging debate or continually question the world we live in and how we live, Philosophy could well be the course for you.
Philosophy challenges many of our assumptions about what we know and how we should live. It is concerned with how different views of the world clash or fit together, and with how different perspectives – moral, scientific, religious, metaphysical, personal – may be reconciled.
Our lecturers are world-leading experts in a wide variety of philosophical topics, their particular strengths lie in moral philosophy and philosophy of the mind and language. You will also have the chance to study non-Western philosophies, especially Indian philosophy. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), 97% of the Department’s research was rated to be of international standing.
A lively and friendly department awaits you. There is always lots going on, both academically and socially - weekly visiting speakers, a thriving, student-run Philosophy Society and opportunities for work placements and study abroad. We received 94% overall student satisfaction in Philosophy in the National Student Survey 2017.
You will graduate with skills in clear thinking, logical analysis and the critical assessment of argument. These skills are greatly valued in a variety of professional careers such as law, politics, management and marketing. 100% of graduates from our 2016 cohort were in work and/or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016).