Philosophy

Philosophy’s foundations lie with the beginning of Western civilisation, but studying philosophy today is a practical choice. It gives you skills needed for every life, and every profession. That’s because it deepens your thinking, and teaches you to analyse, understand and engage with complex ideas. So start a conversation, challenge your thinking, and ask the big questions.

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Your time with us is about more than finding a career. It’s also about discovering new places and experiences. As our student, you can complete part of your degree overseas, and you’ll get access to a range of international opportunities.

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Harrison Pugh
Philosophy student

“The staff are more helpful than I could have ever expected. I feel like my lecturers truly do want me to succeed in study and in life.

Meeting other like-minded people is one of the best parts of studying my degree. The depth of resources that are made available to pursue knowledge as far as it can go is incredible. I want to awaken a fresh understanding of the importance of theology and philosophy in a well-rounded life.”

Dr Richard Colledge
Senior Lecturer and Head of the School of Philosophy

Dr Richard Colledge has been Head of the School of Philosophy since 2011, and teaches across various areas in contemporary philosophy and the history of philosophy.

His research and publications address several areas, including (mainly German) phenomenology and hermeneutics, the history of metaphysics, the philosophy of religion, as well as questions in meta-philosophy, and philosophical psychology. He is currently working on a book manuscript on the idea of the real in the writings of Martin Heidegger.