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We are based right in the heart of campus, next to the library, Arts Centre and near to the main lecture theatres. Our student common room provides free tea and coffee, and acts as a hub for course-mates to gather between lectures. This also provides you with a study space when exam time looms. Of course, all areas are fully Wi-Fi enabled too.

With such a friendly departmental atmosphere, you’ll find plenty of things philosophy related to keep you busy, engaged and sociable. You’ll get the chance to make friends with fellow course mates, exchange experiences, get advice, and hear interesting perspectives from various speakers and conferences.

Warwick campus life also offers over 250 societies and sports clubs that you can join, plenty of student-focused activities and events, as well as WarwickSU and the Arts Centre offering a range of places to go and performances to see throughout the year.

The Philosophy and Philosophy and Literature Societies

The Philosophy society and the Philosophy and Literature society are particularly active, social and supportive societies which are open to students with a passion for philosophy. The two societies are closely linked and both offer support to students, as well as the usual socials and speakers. Support includes regular help sessions throughout the year, advice and guidance sheets, as well as weekly logic sessions in the second term.

The Philosophy society hosts a regular ‘Phil ‘n’ Tea’ event. This involves catching up on a Friday afternoon with fellow society members to talk philosophy (or anything else) over tea and biscuits. There is also the trip to the Dirty Duck following the weekly mini-speaker events, guest speakers and the end of year ball. Find out more:

The Philosophy and Literature society too hosts various socials and academic events. It is aimed at any students – whether you’re taking the Philosophy and Literature course at Warwick or whether you’re just interested in both of the disciplines and how the two can interlink. You can view more on their current Facebook page: Warwick Philosophy and Literature Society 16/17.

Departmental Events

Whether you’re an undergraduate, postgraduate or member of staff, you’ll be encouraged to attend our departmental seminars and other research activities which take place throughout the year. We host a range of fantastic philosophical speakers from across the UK at these seminars and events.

Examples of some of the exciting research events and activities that have gone on here in the last year:

Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) events’ – MAP is a worldwide network that aims to facilitate the participation of under-represented groups in Philosophy. MAP at Warwick hosts a variety of events including student and staff workshops, coffee mornings and external speakers.

Engaging Art Philosophically’ – a workshop organised by Philosophy postgraduate students.

MindGrad 2016’ – this is the world’s leading conference for postgraduate students in the philosophy of mind.

Philosophy Film Club’ – organises weekly screening of Philosophical films.

Join the undergraduate research community

At Warwick, undergraduate students can apply for a Warwick Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS). If you are successful, you’ll get a bursary and skills development training to carry out your summer research project, as an addition to your Philosophy degree course. This project is a fantastic opportunity for you to carry out research supervised by an academic member of staff.

Example URSS projects carried out by Philosophy students:

  • Where Is The Author? Narrative Freedom And The Absent Author In This War Of Mine
  • A Permutation Model For A Finite Anti-foundation Axiom
  • Mill's Utilitarianism and the Role of Virtue
  • Hilbert's 3rd Problem in 3 Dimensions


Interested in Writing?

Reinvention is an open-access, online, peer-reviewed journal, dedicated to the publication of high-quality undergraduate student research. The journal welcomes academic articles from all disciplinary areas and all universities. Reinvention is published bi-annually and only houses papers written by undergraduate students or papers written collaboratively by undergraduate students and academics.

Students play a strong and active role in this community, and the journal aims to support undergraduate students in their first venture into academic publishing. In 2012, Monash University became partners in the journal which is now produced, edited and managed by students and staff at the University of Warwick in the UK and Monash University in Australia.

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