Our excellence in research underpins our teaching in philosophy at all levels. You’ll learn from experts in the field throughout your degree. We are rated as one of the top UK departments, as confirmed by our high placing across the range of national leagues tables: we are rated 9th in the UK by the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, 5th by The Complete University Guide 2018, and 13th by The Guardian University Guide 2018.
In the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS), we achieved an overall 89% level for student satisfaction for students in the Department of Philosophy. 93% of students in the department were satisfied with the teaching on their course, and 95% of students in the department agreed that their course was intellectually stimulating.
In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), we ranked first amongst Philosophy departments in the UK for the quality of our research in the latest (2014) Research Excellence Framework. 90% of our publications were judged to be internationally excellent or world leading in the REF.
We are unique in having world-leading philosophers from both analytic philosophy and continental philosophy. Find out more about these traditions here. By selecting options drawn from the analytic tradition, continental philosophy, or a mixture of both, you can tailor your degree to suit your own interests.
With a wide range of choice for undergraduate study, whether you are studying Heidegger on the nature of human existence, investigating the relationship between children’s literature and ethics, or reflecting on consciousness and its connection to reality, you will be learning from experts who are passionate about their subject.
Around half of our academics also regularly publish work in Philosophy of Mind, making us one of the leading institutions in the UK for this very popular area of philosophy. We have a global research reputation for our strengths in the areas of Post-Kantian Continental Philosophy, which focuses on such thinkers as Hegel and Nietzsche, and 20th century French philosophy, which addresses the work of such philosophers as Sartre, Foucault and Deleuze.
We have a global research reputation for our strengths in the areas of Post-Kantian Continental Philosophy, which focuses on such thinkers as Hegel and Nietzsche, and 20th century French philosophy, which addresses the work of such philosophers as Sartre, Foucault and Deleuze. We are home to several of the world’s leading scholars of these figures, who attract research students from around the world to come and study with them.
We are also well-known for the pioneering work being conducted in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Literature. Both can be studied in detail by you at Honours level through optional modules, and have close links with the Art, History, English and Comparative Literary departments.