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Undergraduate degrees in philosophy

Explore the core principles of philosophy and challenge your perception of the world we live in.

Why study philosophy at York?

We treat philosophy as an activity: it's something you do, not just something you study. From classic texts to contemporary debates, you'll cover the breadth of philosophical theory and practice. You'll become a creative problem-solver, taking part in nuanced conversations on complex topics to challenge prevailing opinions. 

You'll benefit from teaching driven by groundbreaking original research, so you'll get to know what it means to be a philosopher. Our extensive range of option modules gives you the freedom to explore topics you're passionate about. Our links across the University offer combined programmes and broad areas of interdisciplinary study.

Apply philosophical concepts and enrich your understanding of the principles that govern our lives.

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Course options

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad and take placements during your course.

If you're studying at a university outside the UK, you may be able to spend up to a year in York as a visiting student. 

Scholarships and funding

Find out about scholarships and studentships that are available to students in the Department of Philosophy.

Gold-standard education

Our teaching, learning and student experience is outstanding, recognised by a Gold rating from the Office for Students in the 2023 national assessment (Teaching Excellence Framework).


  • You'll become a creative problem-solver and learn to grasp complex ideas. You'll develop critical thinking, communication and analysis skills, all of which are valued by employers.
  • You'll have access to our Careers and Placements team who can help you devise a tailored career plan. They can also alert you to various internship opportunities.
  • Our graduates have gone on to further study and a range of careers in central and local government, charities, finance, IT management, the creative industries and more.

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Learn how to use logic to evaluate arguments, and discover more about philosophical concepts like truth-tables and logical form.

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