What is Philosophy?

In a broad sense, philosophy is an activity people undertake when they seek to understand the world and humanity's place in it. Those who study philosophy are perpetually engaged in asking, answering, and arguing for their answers to life’s most basic questions. As an academic discipline, Philosophy pursues questions that have been of perennial interest to everyone, such as: what is the nature of happiness?  Is the future predetermined?  Is democracy the best form of government?  Is the mind anything more than the brain?

But, contrary to popular myth, the virtues of a Philosophy degree are not only theoretical but practical too.  Through careful and accessible supervision, it teaches students how to think, write and speak with exactness, clarity and imagination, and it helps them to see themselves and the world around them in terms of many different perspectives or points of view. 

Why Study Philosophy at Queen's?

Philosophy at Queen’s offers education, research and scholarship of the highest quality in the major fields of philosophy, aiming to be a centre of philosophical excellence and to provide a friendly and supportive learning environment.  

Our existing degree pathways include:

  • single-honours Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Politics
  • Philosophy and English
  • Philosophy and History
  • Philosophy and Theology 

We are also offer an interdisciplinary programme in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.  Within philosophy, we have strengths from the history of philosophy to the latest philosophical problems, and study opportunities are available in the traditions of analytical philosophy and scholastic philosophy.

Our undergraduate degree includes a wealth of different subject areas and topics.  Amongst these are the ideas and arguments of some of the major philosophers in the history of the subject, encountered in their own writings; some central theories and arguments in the fields of Logic, Metaphysics, Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind; some central theories and arguments in the fields of Moral Philosophy; and an awareness of major issues currently at the frontiers of philosophical debate and research.   All our modules are “research-led”, and offer discussion of current major philosophical issues. 

Philosophy at Queen’s has developed a number of international links that allow students - both undergraduate and postgraduate - to study abroad. In particular it has important links to a number of philosophy departments in universities in China.

Fast Facts and Further Information

Degree Awarded:  BA (Hons) Philosophy

Duration: 3 years   

Entry requirement: BBB   

Tuition Fees: Relevant details concerning tuition fees are provided here.