Studying philosophy at the University of Reading introduces you to progressive intellectual challenges and consolidates your previous experience at each new level.
You will become informed about current debates in philosophy, be able to appreciate multiple perspectives and the values of diversity, learn about different conceptions of social and civic responsibility, and enhance your global engagement and multicultural awareness.
You will also cultivate your skills in oral and written argument, learn how to present your views in public, acquire the means to anticipate and respond to objections and challenges, and develop your ability to work in groups towards shared goals.
Above all, you will gain independent learning skills, and the ability to reflect effectively on your progress and strengths and on the goals you wish to achieve.
A high quality student experience
In 2020, we achieved a 96% overall satisfaction score for BA Philosophy in the National Student Survey ( find out more by asking us a question).
In this video, BA Philosophy student Tehillah talks about why she loves studying in the Department of Philosophy.
"Philosophy begins where many end the conversation: when thoughts become hard to express, views become difficult to understand, and strong argument is needed. The subject allows one the time to think carefully about these issues. I cannot emphasise enough how much help and support I received at Reading – I do not know what I would have done without it.”
exciting degree options
Study for a degree you are passionate about, or choose the best of both worlds with a joint degree.
You will benefit from our exam-free degrees. Find out how our diverse assessment methods work, and what our vibrant learning environment has to offer.
gain practical skills
Take the opportunity to embed your philosophical knowledge and skills on one of our professional work placements.
your gateway to a fulfilling career
With 92% graduates in work and/or study 15 months after the end of their course, (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-18), find out how a philosophy degree could set you apart from the crowd.
broaden your horizons
Many of our students take the opportunity to travel the world as they study – find out where a philosophy degree could take you.
Looking for 2021/22 courses?
If you would like to start studying Philosophy at the University of Reading in 2021, please view our 2021/22 undergraduate courses.
interested in studying philosophy?
We'd love to discuss your options with you at our next Open Day. Our team are on hand to answer questions and help you decide if our undergraduate course would suit you.