The teaching of Philosophy at UCL began in 1830 with the appointment of a Professor of Logic and the Philosophy of Mind. The founding principles of the College, and its early connections with Jeremy Bentham and the Utilitarian movement, gave particular importance to the subject. Click here to read more about the department's history.
UCL has placed a high value on inclusivity and diversity since its inception in 1826, when it became the first English University to admit students regardless of their race, class or religion. It was also the first in England to admit men and women on an equal basis.
The Philosophy Department continues to be committed to these ideals today. Click here to read more.
Today the department has notable strengths in the Philosophy of Mind and Language, Political and Moral Philosophy, Metaphysics and Epistemology, and the History of Philosophy. Click here to find out more about our current staff members' interests.
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), the UCL Philosophy Department was ranked first in the UK.