We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy at Durham is one of six departments that make up the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.We are an open and friendly department, which accommodates work in 'analytic' and 'Continental' Western philosophical traditions. We have research expertise in the history of women in philosophy, from the fifth to the twentieth century. Our home on Old Elvet includes our department library, common room, post-graduate study room and our own garden.

The department is home to numerous major research projects, funded by substantial grants from the AHRC, the European Research Council, Wellcome and other external bodies. We are home to the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society and are closely associated with various university research centres. Every year, we host numerous events, so there is a constant stream of visitors to the department, and a vibrant atmosphere for teaching and research.

Durham has one of the largest Philosophy postgraduate communities in the UK, with around fifty to sixty taught and research postgraduates studying here at any one time. All undergraduate and postgraduate students who join us are welcomed as full members of our research community, and can expect the very highest standard of education. In the 2016 Complete University Guide, we are ranked overall ninth in the UK.

Postgraduate Study in 2016/17

You can now apply (online) to study in the next academic year. Please contact the PG admissions secretary ( for more information.

Forthcoming events

PhD Studentships for 2016 Entry

Click here for more information

Knowledge For Use

Congratulations to Nancy Cartwright who has been awarded a 5 year 'Advanced Grant' of just over 2 million euros from the European Research Council under Horizon 2020, starting in November 2015. It will provide support for post-doctoral research and for 2 PhD students.The title of the project is Knowledge For Use [K4U]: Making the Most of Social Science to Build Better Policies. Further details are available here.

The Durham Emergence Project

The Durham Emergence Project is an interdisciplinary research initiative involving collaboration between philosophers and physicists, made possible through the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation. See here for full details.


Nancy Cartwright, Julian Reiss, and Wendy Parker run our Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) which is broadly concerned with the role of the sciences and humanities in society. There are be a number of PhD studentships associated with the Centre and we welcome enquiries from prospective applicants:

See forthcoming CHESS events here

For the CHESS website click here and for the CHESS blog click here


Prof Nancy Cartwright to deliver the 2017 Carus Lectures New Appointments

We are very pleased to announce that Emily Thomas, Anna Marmodoro, and Stephen Mumford will all be joining us October 2016.

Twitter logo