Interested in Philosophy at Edinburgh?


Dugald Steward Building

Welcome to the University of Edinburgh’s Philosophy department in the school of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. If you’re seeking answers to life’s biggest questions, what better place to start than Edinburgh! In fact, the school building is actually named after former student Dugald Stewart, a philosopher and mathematician who is famous for his work in moral philosophy.


David Hume’s Statue

Edinburgh University also played host to David Hume, commemorated by not only his statue on the Royal Mile, (don’t forget to rub his toe for good luck!) but also another one of the University buildings here on campus. Other famous alumni include none other than the renowned Adam Smith, philosopher and economics pioneer. With such a prominent foothold in the history of philosophy and being home to such illustrious alumni, studying here is nothing short of inspirational.

We actually boast one of the largest Philosophy departments in the UK, and this means that we have a vast and diverse choice of subject matters and staff with many varying research interests, so there is no doubt that you’ll find something you enjoy! Our research here is world-leading, with Edinburgh ranking the best philosophy department in Scotland and the second best in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

It’s not all hard work though, the Philosophy Society regularly hosts fun social events as well as talks that have attracted some very high profile speakers! There are also school-wide events, such as the PPLS ball, which is a fun way to let your hair down with your fellow course-mates. The PPLS student population is friendly and welcoming, and before you know it you’ll feel right at home here.

Studying Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh is a chance to be a part of an exceptional community that is vibrant, fun and, quite frankly, rather impressive. But don’t just take my word for it, come and see for yourself!

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