We expand the realm of the possible by going beyond what has so far been thinkable.

Philosophy is the rigorous study of ideas and arguments.

At Essex we embrace this philosophical rigour in order to address the existential questions of human life, and to gain a critical perspective on the social, political and economic challenges we face today. We talk about everything from life and death, ethics and mass media.

We provide a unique and intellectually stimulating journey. Some of it may be controversial, but that’s what we do best.

Why study here?
  • Our students love studying philosophy at Essex - we have 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2017), and we're in the Top 10 in the Times Good University Guide 2018.
  • We are world-renowned for our combination of Continental and Anglo-American philosophy.
  • We specialise in real-world problems and focus on transferable skills. We have added more contact hours and abolished exams in the second and third year.
At Essex we are world-renowned for our combination of Continental and Anglo-American philosophy.

We study real-world problems, both political and existential, to gain a critical perspective on the personal, political, and socio-economic challenges we face today. Join our tight-knit school that is praised for its collaborative and supportive ethos and teaching environment.

Why study here?
  • We are Top 10 for philosophy in the UK for research quality (REF 2014).
  • We have the largest concentration of philosophers working on critical social theory in the UK.
  • We have two major funded projects: the Ethics of Powerlessness, and the Essex Autonomy Project which was highly commended in the Timers Higher Education Awards.
Philosophy at Essex offers a unique environment for PhD study.

Our research quality was ranked ninth in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise in 2014, making us a leading School for continental philosophy.

Why study here?
  • We are internationally recognised for our expertise in critical theory, phenomenology, medical humanities and classical German philosophy.
  • Be part of a active research community where students and staff work together in a friendly, creative and intellectually challenging environment.
  • We run seminars and graduate events throughout the year, as well as regular minicourses, conferences and symposia.
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