History and Philosophy are essential subjects for our understanding today’s world. Through History we acquire a knowledge of the past, which informs our understanding of the present, while through Philosophy we develop our ability to think critically, and therefore to make better decisions about our future. The School of History and Philosophy is dedicated to preparing students to become citizens of the future who are able to face the challenges and opportunities of today’s complex world. We aim to provide students with the necessary skills to respond to a global reality in constant flux by teaching them values firmly rooted in the understanding of the lessons to be drawn from past societies and cultures in History, and from the critical study of the greatest products of human thought in Philosophy.



The School of History and Philosophy has an enrollment of almost 1,000 undergraduate students. Both History and Philosophy can be studied as part of the BA (Joint Honours). In addition, History can be studied as a major with one or two other subjects in our new four-year BA History degree, which also includes work placement, study abroad and research project options in third year. Also, undergraduate students in Philosophy have the opportunity of becoming involved in the Philosophical Dialogue Project through the Philosophy for Children (P4C) pedagogy by sharing their philosophical curiosity with children in local schools. Details on all the School's Programmes and opportunities for Undergraduates are available on the History and Philosophy Departments' websites. 

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The School of History and Philosophy is strongly committed to Postgraduate Teaching and Research. The School offers two Masters Programmes: the MA in History and the MA (Philosophy) in Values and Knowledge. We have a vibrant community of postgraduate research students, and the School offers a PhD in History, a PhD in Philosophy, and a PhD in Philosophy of Art and Culture, together with an M.Litt. in either History or Philosophy. Details on the School's Postgraduate Programmes and on funding opportunities for postgraduate students are available on the websites of the History and Philosophy Departments. Both departments also run research seminars at which postgraduate students are encouraged to present their research in progress.

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International Students

The courses taught in both History and Philosophy in the School are very popular among international students. Typically, the School teaches students from several European countries, including France, Spain, Germany, and Italy, together with a number of JYA student from different parts of the United States. We also actively participate in student exchanges, sending each year some of our students in different part of Europe through the Erasmus/Socrates programmes, and also in other parts of the world. 

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