Leading researchers and enthusiastic teachers

High levels of student satisfaction with teaching

"a fantastic intellectual environment" (PhD student)

"The Department is very friendly - you really get to know your tutors." 

Dynamic student-run Philosophy Society

"The teaching staff are brilliant" (MA student)

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96% of Department's work judged to be of 'international quality' (2014)

Department of Philosophy


Professor Alan Thomas, Head of Department

"Welcome to the Philosophy department at the University of York. Our excellence in teaching and research is here to help you reach your personal goals. The research produced by the department is judged to be overwhelmingly of “international quality” (96%) and this is matched by our excellence in teaching. We were delighted that we were ranked 13th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2019."

Professor Alan Thomas
Head of Department

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University holds a Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award, showing that we deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.



Workshop on Empathy and the Arts

Do works of art provide insights into the lives of others in ways that increase our empathic skills and understanding? Is the provision of empathic understanding an artistic value? Is the promotion of empathy something we should strive for? These are among the questions to be discussed by our distinguished speakers. The workshop marks a visit to us by Jenefer Robinson, Honorary Professor in Philosophy at York.


Philosophy of Film Without Theory Conference

The two-day Philosophy of Film Without Theory is an international, interdisciplinary conference at the University of York for philosophers, film scholars, filmmakers and film viewers.

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