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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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32nd in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023
World top 50 Our Arts & Humanities subjects were ranked 33rd in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject 2023.
Athena Swan Gender Charter Bronze Award
Times Good University Guide Our Philosophy Department is ranked 4th in the country for employability with a score of 85%, according to the Times Good University Guide 2023

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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Meet our Students

Meet our students and find out more about why they chose to study Philosophy at Durham University and what career paths they pursue.

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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.

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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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Department of Philosophy

Durham University
50 Old Elvet
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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