2022 entry

Subject area: Philosophy

Why choose Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh?

  • Philosophy has been taught at the university since its foundation in 1583. Edinburgh was the centre of the Scottish Enlightenment and has a distinguished place in the history of philosophy, having been home to David Hume, who in turn influenced Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, and Adam Smith.

  • We're ranked in the UK's top 10 universities and in the world's top 20 universities for philosophy in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

  • You will have a choice of more than 40 option courses in Years 3 and 4 in all the main branches of philosophy. Our world-leading academics are especially strong in philosophy of mind and cognition, ethics, epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of science and the history of philosophy.

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Introducing Philosophy

As the historical home of David Hume and Adam Smith, the city of Edinburgh has long been, and remains, a fitting place to study philosophy.

The University too, has a strong historical connection to the subject, counting Adam Ferguson and Sir William Hamilton among its former students.

Studying philosophy allows you to think about some of the great philosophical questions, in a clear, disciplined and systematic manner.

It introduces you to the thinking of some of the great philosophers of the past and present, and illuminates the connections between diverse areas of human experience. It also makes you more aware of the assumptions that form the basis of your beliefs.