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6th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

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82% of our research is internationally excellent*

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Internationally recognised for work in philosophical anthropology and the sociology of culture

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Top 150 for Philosophy in The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022

The Philosophy department is one of the  foremost centres for the philosophy of biology in the world. It offers excellent training in rigorous thinking, asking some of the questions most fundamental to human life.

Based in the department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, our academic staff hold doctorates in Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, Biochemistry and Physics. We are one of the most diverse academic units in any UK university. This interdisciplinarity means we are able to provide research and teaching programmes that unite empirical, historical-epistemological, practical, theoretical and critical perspectives.

Our work is both descriptively and normatively oriented and our research has been published by Cambridge, Oxford, MIT, Chicago, University of California, Harvard, Routledge, Sage and other leading publishers.

*Based on research rated 4* + 3* in REF 2021, our research in Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology and Criminology was returned to this UoA