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About the Faculty of Philosophy

Philosophy has a long tradition in the University, with the Moral Sciences Tripos (renamed 'Philosophy' in 1970) being taught since 1852. Cambridge was the birthplace of 'analytic' philosophy, and the philosophical home of Russell, Moore, Ramsey, Wittgenstein and Anscombe, as well as many other distinguished contributers to the philosophy of the twentieth century. Today the Faculty continues to be a world-class centre for philosophical research. The Philosophy Faculty admits about 15 students a year for the MPhil. They join 20-25 students studying for the PhD and MLitt to form a lively graduate community. A wide range of seminars and informal gatherings ensures that students get to know each other, making the Faculty a friendly, informal and congenial place to work. The Faculty has been extraordinarily successful in placing students in academic jobs and former students have teaching posts in universities throughout the UK and beyond (see Faculty Placement Record).

The Faculty is situated on Sidgwick Avenue, close to many of the Faculties with which is has close links, and the University Library is only 500m away. The Faculty's accommodation includes a Graduate Centre and Common Room, as well as our own Library, holding some 16,000 books and three dozen current journals.

2 courses offered in the Faculty of Philosophy

The MPhil in Philosophy is a full-time course, introducing students to the skills needed in philosophical research. Students work with supervisors to write two research essays: the first of up to 4,000 words, and the second of up to 8,000 words; and a thesis of up to 12,000 words. Students also take part as a group in a collaborative weekly seminar, run during Michaelmas and Lent Terms, in which they learn presentation and discussion skills by presenting their own research and by discussing presentations by other students.

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The PhD degree is awarded for an extended thesis which makes a substantial original contribution to learning.

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1 course also advertised in the Faculty of Philosophy

Department Members

Professor Richard Holton
Chair of Faculty Board

Professor Huw Price
Director of Graduate Studies

  • 12 Academic Staff
  • 10 Postdoctoral Researchers
  • 38 Graduate Students
  • 159 Undergraduates

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