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What our students think

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The postgraduate community is small but lively, with a vigorous fortnightly MPhil/PhD research group which provides an opportunity to present work-in-progress to a critical but encouraging audience.

Jenny Bunker - MA Aesthetics
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I chose to come to Southampton because it was one of the few Russell Group Universities that offered my degree. Moreover, when I came to visit the University I was impressed by the friendliness of the people and how big and beautiful the campus is.

Sofia Caperna - BA Philosophy and Mathematics
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I’m glad I chose Southampton and can’t imagine myself anywhere else.

Angelica Finnegan - BA Philosophy and Politics
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For me Humanities is both intensely absorbing and rewarding.

Nick Johnson - BA Philosophy
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Studying Philosophy equipped me with many skills that are important in the working word. From distilling complex ideas and communicating with clarity, to supporting arguments with sound reason and challenging the status quo, what I learned has stood in me in good stead and has undoubtedly influenced the approach and vision of my company, Stack.

Alex Kent - BA English and Philosophy
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I love that I have the opportunity to debate philosophical issues with people who share my belief in their importance to the world.

Kelsey Miller - MA Philosophy
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I enjoy the freedom I have to map out my own path in Philosophy, I also benefit from the broad base of expertise possessed by the staff from which I am able to draw on whichever path I choose

Jeremy Page - BA Philosophy, MA Philosophy (part-time)
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All of the learning on our courses is research led, particularly in second year when lecturers tend to be teaching the subject of their research.

Xavier Parkhouse-Parker - BA Economics & Philosophy,
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"I wanted to apply to universities which were part of the Russell Group because I believe that attending a University with a good reputation and which has been recognised for their good teaching and research is very important and will help me in the future."

Brunna Pimentel - BA Philosophy
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Philosophy is great because you can take it in any direction you want, there are so many interesting and thought provoking optional modules that you can explore whilst you’re at the university. As well as this, Philosophy helps with your writing and arguing skills, which I know I will be extremely helpful to me in the future.

Annie Rowland - BA Philosophy
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Coming here is one of the best decisions I ever made. The campuses are beautiful in summer and Avenue is a lovely quiet space to study. There’s also a lot of “extra” facilities that really aren’t talked about enough – the Careers and Employability Service, free counselling and mental health support, office hours for all University lecturers and help with housing.

Xanthippe Waldron - BA Philosophy and Maths,
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The variety of modules on offer is also fantastic – it didn’t feel like I was studying the same thing every day, it felt like each module was a whole new subject of its own.

Jack Whettingsteel - BA Philosophy,
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I’d definitely recommend others to study on the course, the Philosophy department is really good. The staff are really friendly and there’s a cosy, family atmosphere which is great.

Alex Wylde - BA Philosophy and Politics

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