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Philosophy

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Philosophy

You’re not afraid to be controversial.

You don’t take anything at face value and always question beyond what you’ve been told. At Essex you will gain a critical perspective on the social, political and economic challenges we face today. 

We expand the realm of the possible by going beyond what has so far been thinkable. Your degree will take you on a unique and intellectually stimulating journey as you raise new questions, study ideas and arguments and explore topics from life and death, to mass media and ethics.

Learn about our teaching and assessment plans, in light of the pandemic, on the applicant pages.

Why study here?
  • We're 7th in the UK for research impact in philosophy (Grade Point Average, REF2021).
  • 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.
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Rising Star Award for inspirational graduate

The day after graduating with a BA in Philosophy and Politics at Essex, Olamide Odanye was named Rare Rising Star at the House of Commons. The award was in recognition of her extensive volunteering and mentoring work.

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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.

Learn about our teaching and assessment plans, in light of the pandemic, on the applicant pages.

Why study here?
  • We're 7th in the UK for research impact in philosophy (Grade Point Average, REF2021).
  • 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.
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Postgraduate events

Learn more about studying a postgraduate course at Essex at one of our postgraduate events. Coming up soon we have both a Postgraduate Virtual Week, running from 3-6 May, and an in-person Open Evening on 19 May. Find out more and get yourself booked onto one or both of these events.

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Comedy and politics

What can comedy teach us about political action? Dr Birte Loschenkohl is working on a research project aiming to show how comedy can help advance a realist perspective within political philosophy.

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Philosophy at Essex offers a unique environment for PhD study. 

We have two major funded research projects: The Ethics of Powerlessness and The Essex Autonomy Project. 

That's not all though. We have expertise in all sorts of philosophical themes and many of our academics are open to supervision.  

 Use our research finder to find a topic and a supervisor to suit you, or find out more about our School of Philosophy and Art History.

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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Discover cutting edge research from the University of Essex. Browse our site to find relevant publications, projects, groups, centres, postgraduate opportunities for research supervision and wider areas of interest. Simply search our site to find information relating to your subject.

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