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Alice Clarke BA, MA in Philosophy

Project Officer at Oxfordshire County Council

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Why did you choose to come and study at Southampton?

I chose Southampton because of how highly its Philosophy department ranked in comparison to other universities.

What is it like studying here?

Southampton is a fantastic place to study. Both Avenue and Highfield campus are beautiful and have everything you could possibly need. There’s always something to do or see around the Redbrick, so you’re never stuck for something to do. Students are very respectful and supportive and overall the community is an incredibly positive one. The philosophy department itself is packed full of very engaging lecturers who really make time for you. The course offers lots of choice, especially for your Masters where you are able to take two modules that are entirely your own choice. I did Philosophy of Pregnancy and Ethics of AI!

My favourite experience was studying the Philosophy of Pregnancy with Elselijn Kingma in my first semester of my MA. I feel like the Individually Negotiated Topic modules are a real shining star in the Philosophy course, I really felt free to do whatever I wanted which made me so passionate about the work I produced.

What have been your Southampton ‘highlights’ (best experiences) so far?

Outside academia, it’s got to be karaoke at Stag’s on Thursday. I’m not really a societies person but you could always count on me going to Karaoke. Best night of the week!

What did you enjoy most about your course?

My favourite thing about the course was all the support that was available. I felt like lecturers could help you understand if you’re struggling, or help you take it to the next step if you’re excelling. You can even suggest different essay titles if you’re interested in a different avenue of the topic at hand. This meant that I did work that I was proud of and passionate about throughout my four years at Southampton. Oh, and Puzzles and Paradoxes led by Giulia Felappi!

Did you have the opportunity to study modules outside of your core subject area?

I did have the opportunity but I didn’t take it – there were too many Philosophy modules I was interested in already!

What is the city of Southampton like to live in?

I really love Southampton as a city. Coming from Oxford, it was nice to come to a similar city – not too small, not too big. It means that there’s always something to do if you want to, but it doesn’t feel as harshly fast-paced as a huge city like London. It’s incredibly homely. Portswood in particular is like a slice of everything you could ever need; The Hobbit is a favourite of mine. The city centre itself is a great day out too. Also, as a person who can’t drive, the public transport is so good and so cheap. I don’t know why anyone in Southampton drives!!


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