The Philosophy Department at Birmingham is a friendly, vibrant and exciting place to be, whether you are an undergraduate, a Masters student, a research student or a visitor. These are exciting times for us, with the University of Birmingham investing significantly in Philosophy.
At the undergraduate level, we offer all the areas of philosophy you’d expect in a BA programme: ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, political philosophy, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, history of philosophy and so on. We also have some areas of philosophy that you might not be so likely to find elsewhere, or that we consider particular areas of strength: sexual ethics, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of religion, and global ethics. As the department expands in the next year we will add even more areas of activity of interest to undergraduates. Undergraduates also benefit from a highly active Philosophy Society, which in the last two years has run an exciting programme of social events, visiting speakers, debates, and quizzes.
For Masters students, our expertise in the above areas of Philosophy is put to work in delivering a unique and intellectually stimulating range of courses. As well as an MA in Philosophy, we offer the following more tailored courses: Philosophy of Language and Linguistics; Philosophy of Religion and Ethics; Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Health and Happiness. These courses take advantage of our strengths in philosophy of language, philosophy of psychiatry, philosophy of health and disease, philosophy of cognitive science and philosophy of religion. We also have a particular strength in ethics, especially in applied and global ethics, reflected in our Masters in Global Ethics.
We have just launched a new MA in International Law, Ethics and Politics in collaboration with Birmingham Law School and the Department of Political Science. Applications are now open for entry in September 2013.
We are also in the process of developing an MA and LLM in Health, Bioethics and Law. The courses are currently subject to approval but we hope to introduce them for September 2013 and open for applications in the spring; to find out more or register your interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a thriving community of research students, who support each other in addition to the support they receive from the department. We currently have students researching ethics, metaphysics, the history of philosophy, philosophy of religion and more. Some examples of recent PhDs completed in the department can be found on the ‘postgraduate research’ page, and students interested in applying can find more information about the areas that we can supervise on the ‘areas of supervision’ page.
These research projects and areas of expertise feed into the work of our research centres and clusters: ethics, philosophy of religion, health and happiness, philosophy of language, metaphysics, mind and global ethics.
All members of the Department of Philosophy are always happy to be contacted about any aspect of our teaching and research. You can find details of current and appointed staff on our staff pages.