Students of Philosophy develop reasoning skills and the ability to think rigorously and productively about abstract questions.

Course details

Number of students per year
Typical offer
A*AA at A-level; 40-42 points with 776 at Higher Level for the IB.
Essential subjects
No specific subjects
Useful subjects
Mathematics, an arts/science mix, an essay-based subject.

Philosophy at Homerton

At Homerton, we take around two students each year to study Philosophy. These students are able to pursue familiar and less familiar philosophical interests through the course and popular choices include: the epistemology and metaphysics of science; aesthetics; experimental psychology; the philosophy of mind; and political philosophy. Teaching draws on expertise across the University through external supervisors, as well as in house, and there are plenty of opportunities for social vitamins.

At Cambridge

Philosophy is the study of fundamental problems about the nature of knowledge and reality, and about moral, political and aesthetic value. In universities it is studied in a way that lays considerable emphasis on precise and careful argument. Although Philosophy undergraduates at Cambridge read a wide range of philosophical authors, the main aim of the course is not to impart information about which author said what. Rather the aim is that you acquire the kind of skill in reasoning that will enable you to tackle problems of a philosophical character and to think rigorously and productively about abstract questions.

How To Apply

We are looking for applicants prepared to take on a considerable amount of reading but also to have the skills in logical and analytical thinking that will enable them to think philosophically in their own right.

The standard offer for those made a conditional offer is A*AA at A-level or the equivalent in other qualification systems. There are no required subjects.


Thinking is a vocational skill and Philosophy graduates apply their training to a diverse range of careers after Cambridge. Philosophy graduates have gone into academia, the arts, education, finance, technology as well as wine tasting.


Director of Studies

Dr Jon Phelan

Other teaching staff

Dr. Roberto Sileo (Linguistics) in the philosophy of language.


Homerton Fellows

Teaching Fellows