UCL Philosophy


Academic testimonials

Some current members of the department tell us their views about UCL Philosophy.

Luke Fenton-Glynn

UCL Philosophy is a wonderful department. It is regularly ranked among the best in the country on the basis of both research and teaching. The department is both friendly and intellectually vibrant, with frequent interactions between staff, graduate, and undergraduate students. Our students are highly intelligent and ambitious, and share a common passion for their subject. All this combined with the rich intellectual life of UCL and the enormous strength, breadth, and depth of the London philosophical community means that is a privilege to work here.

Sebastian Gardner

UCL provides a superb context for pursuing postgraduate study in Philosophy. The Department is ranked among the best in the country for its research and attaches the highest importance to its teaching. MA students have the opportunity to engage intensively with a wide variety of areas in and approaches to philosophy and its history, receive full support and encouragement, and achieve striking results. After completing the MA many proceed to research degrees.

Fiona Leigh

The Department of Philosophy at UCL is terrific, in terms of research, teaching, and the graduate and undergraduate communities. It is consistently ranked high in the REF, with strengths across a wide range of fields, including political philosophy, philosophy of mind, continental philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, ancient philosophy, and feminism. Our graduate community is large and flourishes through a combination of sharp intellect, breadth of interest, and collegiality. A range of formal and informal reading groups are attended or facilitated by graduate students, and UCL graduates participate in Philosophy graduate conferences twice a year with KCL, Birkbeck and LSE, as well as an annual conference with those London departments and Berkeley (held in alternate years in London and Berkeley). Meetings of the Aristotelian Society in nearby Senate House are often attended by staff and graduates alike. UCL also has connections with Yale, which sees Philosophy graduates regularly visit the Philosophy Department there.