Carolyn Ward


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 Histories, Languages and Cultures, which sits in the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education.


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.

Foundation year Year abroad Industrial placement Integrated Masters


  • BA (Hons) English and Philosophy

    Two of the oldest, most vibrant academic disciplines - study English language and literature alongside philosophy's central thinkers and ideas.

  • BA (Hons) Philosophy

    Available with:

    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

  • BA (Hons) 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.

  • BA (Hons) Philosophy and Religion

    These two subjects both grapple with fundamental questions about the meaning of life, encouraging to you to scrutinise your most closely held beliefs.

  • BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics

    One of the longest-running courses of its kind in the country, many of our students have gone on to careers in politics.

Postgraduate Taught

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.

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Clara Wisenfeld Paine
BA (Hons), Philsophy


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 debating skills by taking part in a continuing series of fortnightly debates and intellectual arguments with fellow students, academic staff, external speakers, and invited experts.

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

*Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency

100%of philosophy students are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating*




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

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