General information about Philosophy at Edinburgh
Philosophy has been taught in Edinburgh since the establishment of the University in 1583. Located in the modern Dugald Stewart Building in Edinburgh’s central area, we welcome over 100 new undergraduates every year and have one of the largest postgraduate communities in the world. With around 40 faculty members and postdocs, and a vibrant PhD community, we conduct a diverse range of research across many of the central areas of philosophy. We also host a number of free online courses, including the widely viewed Introduction to Philosophy.
Philosophical research at Edinburgh has a rich history, dating back to the establishment of the University of Edinburgh in 1583 and continuing to the present day supported by the EIDYN research centre. In the most recent UK-wide evaluation of academic research (REF2014), Philosophy at Edinburgh was rated the best in Scotland, and the 2nd best in the UK, based on the volume of world-leading and internationally excellent research that we produce. And our research environment was also rated as 100% conducive to producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.