Philosophy at York ranks 9th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

News | Posted on Tuesday 19 September 2023

The Department of Philosophy has placed 9th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 for the subject of Philosophy.

The ranking recognises the quality of our courses, and the experiences and opportunities they provide to our students.

Professor Tom Stoneham, Head of Department, said “With world-class research on topics as practical as grief and as theoretical as the existence of numbers, and outstanding teaching across the full range of the discipline, the Department of Philosophy is an intellectually exciting place to study. Our friendly and accessible staff make sure every student flourishes and our range of degrees and choice of options allow each to follow their interests. It is great to have this recognised by the Good University Guide.”


The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide uses data on entry standards, student-staff ratios, completion rates, first-class and 2:1 degrees, and graduate prospects. It combines these with measures of research quality, student satisfaction and social inclusion to award each university an overall score, broken down by subject.

York’s overall position

The University as a whole has risen two places to rank 15th overall.

In total, 14 subjects at York ranked in the UK top 10:

  • Department of Archaeology
    5th for Archaeology and Forensic Science
  • Department of Biology
    6th for Biological Sciences
  • Department of Chemistry
    7th for Chemistry
  • Department of English
    7th for English
  • Department of History
    8th for History
  • Department of History of Art
    6th for History of Art, Architecture and Design
  • Department of Language and Linguistic Science
  • 3rd for French
  • Joint 5th for Iberian Languages
  • Joint 3rd for Linguistics
  • Department of Philosophy
    9th for Philosophy
  • Department of Psychology
    7th for Psychology
  • School of Arts and Creative Technologies
    Joint 8th for Drama, Dance and Cinematics
  • School of Natural Sciences
    5th for Natural Sciences
  • Department of Sociology
    10th for Criminology

A further eight subjects ranked in the top 20.