About the Department


At York we bring together stimulating teaching and original research in an informal, friendly setting. We offer single and joint honours undergraduate programmes - alongside taught and research-based postgraduate degrees. 

While staff have a wide range of interests, our main research strengths fall in five areas:

  • History of Philosophy
  • Practical Philosophy
  • Mind and Reason 
  • Art and Literature
  • Philosophy of Religion

"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

Top 15

13th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2019

REF 2014

In the 2014 REF assessment, 96% of our research activity was rated as 'internationally recognised'.

95% student satisfaction

We scored 95% overall satisfaction for single-subject Philosophy (Unistats: NSS 2018)

Further information

You are welcome to contact us by emailing the Departmental Office