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As part of a strong and growing postgraduate community, you will benefit from the diverse range of research interests in Philosophy.

We have a long-established international reputation for our work in the History of Philosophy, especially 19th century German philosophy; in analytic aesthetics; and in the thought of Wittgenstein. More recently, Philosophy at Southampton has become known for world-leading work in epistemology and ethics. We also have strengths in metaphysics, and the philosophies of mind and language.

Regular seminars, visits from leading speakers, research projects, our annual postgraduate masterclass, and many other events will enable you to participate in Philosophy's dynamic research culture.

Through one-to-one academic mentoring and Graduate School initiatives you'll also receive the support you need to succeed in your studies and develop the skills to achieve your longer-term goals.

Taught degrees

Our Masters degrees will give you in-depth knowledge and a firm foundation of transferable skills.    

Research degrees

Our PhD students benefit from a dynamic research environment and the opportunity to work collaboratively with world-leading experts.    

Choosing to study here

Superb facilities and a great location make studying Philosophy at the University of Southampton an attractive choice.    

Outstanding academics

Our academics are leaders in their discipline and span a range of research interests.

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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.
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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 talk
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Our research

As a leading research university, we have particular expertise across a range of topics in philosopy and dedicate ourselves to providing tools for students to explore further

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Philosophy Café

Our highly successful Philosophy Café (run in conjunction with the John Hansard Gallery) is now entering its fifth year: the Café offers regular, informal lunchtime discussions that are free and accessible.

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