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Philosophy courses

Studying Philosophy at Hull means doing Philosophy, engaging with global challenges in the modern world through developing a strong set of skills in analytical and critical thinking. Philosophy is part of the School of Politics and International Studies, which sits in the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics.


Studying Philosophy at Hull allows you to engage with current issues and emerging philosophical challenges to build the skills for a variety of careers.

You’ll debate the issues of the day, from cutting-edge genetics to artificial intelligence. And you’ll be encouraged to apply your knowledge to real-world problems.

Philosophy at Hull is ranked 5th in the UK for Overall Student Satisfaction *.

Foundation year

Gives you the skills and knowledge for entry on to a degree if you don’t quite meet the academic entry requirements.

Study abroad

We have partnerships with universities across the globe. Depending on your course, you can study for one trimester, or a full year, in another country.

Industrial placement

Work in industry as part of your degree. Depending on your course, you can spend part of your degree on placement. See your course page for specific details.

Integrated Masters

Some courses combine undergraduate and postgraduate study. The integrated Masters year is an extra year after your standard degree.


  • Philosophy

    Philosophy has been taught here since the University opened its doors in 1927. Gain the skills and attributes to face a challenging and ever-changing world.

  • Philosophy and Politics

    Learn how to engage, debate, influence and lead. This programme teaches you to think about matters of fundamental importance from a wider perspective.

  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics

    Take on the challenge of this classic combined programme to gain a wider perspective on modern society.

Postgraduate Research

  • Philosophy research degrees

    Our research covers a variety of areas from Plato to Nietzsche, to contemporary aesthetics, and gender theory to name just a few.


The lecturers were incredible and treated me with such respect and friendliness that was so refreshing. The whole University was so welcoming, accepting and understanding of me.

Ellie Palmer
BA Philosophy


Philosophy has been taught at Hull since we first opened our doors in 1927. Thanks to the expertise of research-active teaching staff, we enable students to shape their own skills in analytical thinking and critical debate, as well as developing intellectual integrity.


Our research covers a wide variety of areas - from Plato to Nietzsche, through to contemporary aesthetics, gender theory and moral philosophy. Expertise shapes your teaching at all levels.


Build analytical and communication skills by taking part in regular debates and intellectual arguments with fellow students, academic staff, external speakers and invited experts.

English Larkin

The range of programmes at Hull mean you can study Philosophy alongside complementary subjects such as Economics and Politics.



Whatever you're studying, the library is one of the best places in the country to get your work done. With over a million books, and state-of-the-art technology throughout, there's a good reason that this is one of the most visited places on campus.


Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in teaching, lecturing, media production, publishing, print and broadcast journalism, law, politics, the Civil Service, public relations, business, and the charity sector.

Others opt to continue their studies as postgraduates.

* UK domicile full-time first degree leavers, Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2018/19, published by HESA July 2021.

100% of students are in work or further study 15 months after graduating*



Philosophy at Hull has an unusually rich variety of areas of research, ranging from ethics to metaphilosophy.

American Studies Hannah Townsend UNI-0184


The best way to see if the University of Hull is right for you is to come and visit us. We hold Open Days throughout the year. Book your place now - we'd love to meet you.


* National Student Survey (NSS) 2022, HEIs only.