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Welcome to Philosophy at Durham

Durham Philosophy department is amongst the most prestigious departments in the UK, and we pride ourselves on our excellence in research and teaching. The Durham Philosophy community is a lively, friendly group of people including undergraduates, postgraduates and staff, committed to the pursuit of philosophical knowledge and understanding. We are an open and friendly department, which accommodates work in both ‘analytic’ and ‘Continental’ Western philosophical traditions. 

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Ranked in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
27th in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject 2020
Athena Swan Gender Charter Bronze Award
Third highest employability rate among all the Departments in Durham University

Undergraduate study

Our undergraduate programmes incorporate a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars and one-to-one supervisions.

All first-year modules are delivered through weekly lectures and fortnightly tutorials. The lectures contextualise material and introduce you to topics, positions and debates. There is an emphasis on providing you with the knowledge and skills required to navigate the relevant literature yourself. You will then pursue independent research, building from focused reading and discussion with your peers up to a dissertation in your third year.
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Postgraduate opportunities

Durham University’s Department of Philosophy is a centre for world-class research in a wide range of fields, including metaphysics, ethics, feminism and the history and philosophy of science and medicine. It is home to the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) and it has strong links with several interdisciplinary research centres, such as the Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage and the Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease.

Areas to get involved in

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Research

At Durham, we have a very different vision of the life of the philosopher. For us, philosophy is a joint enterprise, a subject that one makes progress in through conversation, collaboration, and community.

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Upcoming events

Micro-Progressions: Picking Up the Voices of Others

Thursday 15 April 2021 - Friday 16 April 2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
TBC
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Women in the History of Philosophy

Wednesday 21 April 2021 - Friday 23 April 2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Online
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Time at the Turn of the Twentieth Century in American-British Philosophy

Thursday 29 April 2021 - Friday 30 April 2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Online
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Get in touch

Find out more about our department, courses and support. Contact us by phone or email below.

Department of Philosophy

Durham University
50 Old Elvet
DH1 3HN
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 5325
Tel Undergraduate: +44 (0)191 334 6559
Tel Postgraduate: +44 (0)191 334 6553

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