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Congratulations and Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

Hello and welcome to the Philosophy Department! 

I’m Robin Hendry, the Head of Department, and I have been teaching at Durham for many years. Congratulations on making it to Durham: we know that you’ve worked really hard for this. We’re a friendly and open group of people and look forward to welcoming you to our academic community. We’re also a small department and hope that you’ll get to know us well. There are many events during the year that bring staff and students together, and spaces in the Department for you to work and hang out.

We have put together an intellectually challenging programme of studies for your first  year that will give you a good grounding in philosophy. We hope that it will spark your interest. This induction module should provide everything you need to kick off your studies, but if there’s anything you don’t find here, please turn to our student Learning Community Site or contact us via

I look forward to welcoming you to Durham this October!

Professor Robin Hendry

University student
Studying philosophy at Durham enables you to engage in thought-provoking discussion and critically examine philosophical discourse while honing your ability to explicate your own assertions and conceptions. The abundance of resources and impressive expertise of the department’s academics provide you with a platform to explore and comprehend the interdisciplinary subject of philosophy to its full potential. Our department is an inclusive and stimulating environment, in which a passion for philosophy is ubiquitous. Staff are approachable and personable, providing a warm academic community for students. Lecturers are perceptive and astute philosophers who incite curiosity and conversation both

Mali Pink
Course Rep - Philosophy Single Honours



Department Information

Department information will be available using the links below in due course, please check back regularly.


Next steps

Enrol online

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme.
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Registering for your programme and specific modules

Module Registration should take place between 1st September 2023 and 20th September 2023. Please wait to receive guidance from us before beginning this process.
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Welcome and Orientation

Find information on your Welcome and Orientation week that is relevant to you.
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Your first week in Durham – University Induction Week Events Timetable

The Timetable has been designed so College events don’t clash with any of your academic departmental events, but offer you lots of opportunities to meet your fellow Freshers, find your way around and settle into student life.

To help you keep track of where you need to be, and what you need to do during your first busy days at university, in your College and your Department, we have created a day-by-day University Induction Planner. This should help you to plan your schedule, so you don't miss anything - from being issued with your Campus Card or meeting the staff in your Department, to trying out for a sports team or joining a student society.
Your Personal Induction Planner
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Covid-19 Safety

We're working hard to welcome you safely and delivering quality education and student experience. Visit our Covid Safety Information webpages for applicants for the latest advice. We can't wait to see you soon!

Covid-19 Response: Applicants and Future Students



Student updates

Check out our student blogs to read more about life at Durham from our students. Don't forget to follow us on social media!


What to bring to University

Read our top recommendations to add to your packing list ready for your arrival at Durham.

Welcome to Durham – and stop worrying!

Moving to University can be a daunting prospect but there’s no need to worry, you’ll feel right at home here.
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Get in touch

If you have any queries about any of this information or any aspect of coming to Durham please contact us.

Philosophy Department

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