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Our courses

Our degree courses cover a wealth of different topics. Explore the surprising ways philosophical insight can have real-world impact by drawing not only on Western philosophy but on traditions from across the world.

Combine your study of philosophy with a related subject area on one of our many joint degree courses.

Read our Philosophy brochure 


Why study with us?

Study a highly flexible philosophy degree at a University that ranks in the top 25 in the UK for Philosophy*. Benefit from teaching that is grounded in the real world and enjoy an exceptional range of subject areas.


* The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 

Discover Philosophy at Reading

Watch Professor David Oderberg, the Head of Department, to learn more about our undergraduate philosophy courses.


How you'll study

Learn through lectures, seminars and one-to-one supervision and take advantage of our study abroad and placement opportunities. Instead of exams, we offer you a wide variety of different assessment methods.


Life in the Department

Join our inclusive and thriving community and enjoy lively debates, regular visiting speakers and attend events organised by the student-run Philosophy society.


Meet our experts

Our academic staff are experts in a wide variety of philosophical topics, with particular strengths in moral philosophy, philosophy of language, metaphysics, Aristotle, Aquinas, Wittgenstein, and aesthetics including the philosophy of film.


Read our stories

Read inspiring stories from our staff and students in the Department of Philosophy.


Our research

100% of our research is of international standing (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Philosophy).