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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 at Durham for many years. Congratulations on making it to Durham: I know that you’ve worked really hard for this, especially in these difficult times. We’ve also worked hard to provide an intellectually challenging programme of studies for your time with us. We’re a friendly and open group of people and look forward to welcoming you to our academic community. We’re a small department and so hope that you’ll get to know us well. 

This page provides a launching pad. You’ll find links to everything you’ll need to help you prepare to join us. If there’s anything you don’t find here then please contact us via

Professor Robin Hendry

University student
Studying philosophy at Durham is an opportunity to be in a warm, welcoming space, surrounded by other people who love the subject as much as you. From the lecturers’ infectious passion for what they’re teaching, to the open but energetic seminar discussions that regularly spill over into the walk home, it's hard for the passion you already have not to be constantly increased. The staff are wonderful at assuring that everyone has the space to and feels comfortable saying what they want.

Nik Land
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

Registration Process - Checklist for new students.
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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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Student updates

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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.

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