Our flexible courses give you a wide and varied education, whilst reinforcing a great depth of knowledge in your specialism, and developing your own enthusiasm within a structure that will teach you to think about a range of personal, cultural and historical topics.

You can study Philosophy on its own or in combination with a language or other Humanities and Social Sciences subjects such as English, Film Studies, or Psychology for example. You can also combine Philosophy with fine art practice in our unique BA Art & Philosophy course, taught with Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. As part of your course you will also have opportunities to study abroad for a year or semester.

Our programme is unique in Scotland in specializing in Continental Philosophy (European Philosophy), and it is also distinctive in 3 ways:

  • We encourage you to think about philosophical questions through reading the key texts of European philosophy - during your degree you will read, discuss, and explore the views of Plato, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Sartre, Wittgenstein, and Foucault, to name just a few.
  • We explore how philosophy is important to real-world concerns and contemporary issues - in our lectures we regularly draw on films and artworks, we discuss important scientific developments, we debate controversial ethical issues, we look at how texts written three hundred years ago can be relevant to political situations today, and how an abstract theory about the nature of reality can influence the concrete details of how you live your life.
  • We believe that philosophy should be connected to whatever interests you.  We encourage you to make links between philosophy and other disciplines, such as politics, literature, film, the environment, psychology, and computer science. Specialist modules and independent study options will help you to explore philosophically the topics of special interest to you.

Find out more about our courses and what it's like to study in Dundee using the links below.

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MA Philosophy

Full details of our undergraduate course, including what you will study, fees, entry requirements, and how to apply.

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BA Art & Philosophy

The only undergraduate course in Scotland that combines studies in Fine Art and Philosophy - find out more from our course page.

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Student Life in Dundee

Discover what it's like to live and study in our beautiful and vibrant city campus, and hear from students who are already here with our student blogs.

What is Philosophy?

What is Philosophy?

New to this subject? Our staff and students try to explain what philosophy is...

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Your future as a philosopher

Find out about the skills you will gain and how they can help you find employment in any number of sectors

Study Abroad Options

Studying Abroad

As a Philosophy student you will have the opportunity to study abroad, choosing from a number of countries.