Philosophy at St Andrews

Current undergraduates

New undergraduates

New undergraduates should refer first to the Guide for new students 2016/17, the Philosophy Handbook for Undergraduates 2016/17 and the Philosophy Peer Prospectus 2016/17.

The University of St Andrews has historically been home to two departments for the study of philosophy, namely the Department of Moral Philosophy and the Department of Logic and Metaphysics. You'll see this historical fact reflected in the two separate entrances to Edgecliffe, the building on the Scores in which we are housed. Nowadays, these two nominal departments operate as one unit within the School of Philosophical, Anthropological, and Film Studies. That is, the two departments combine to offer one set of degree programmes, and you will often hear staff and students refer to the unit simply as 'the department'.

The Department has excellent facilities. A significant amount of your teaching will take place within Edgecliffe and this is where you will find the Departmental Office. Lucie Wight and Rhona Paterson are the Undergraduate Course Administrators and will be pleased to help you in person and welcome you to the Department.

Honours students


Philosophy will be holding an information session on Wednesday 19 April for all students who will be studying at Honours level next year. At this session, prospective Junior Honours and Senior Honours students will receive advice about Honours study from the Honours Advisor and the Director of Teaching, and will then hear about the optional modules that will be available in 2017-18, and from which they will select their module choices. Staff delivering the modules will be on hand to answer questions about the content and assessment of modules, and information will be available to take away (including the Guide to Pre-Advising in Honours Philosophy 2017-18).

Details of session:



2:00 – 4:00*

*(NB: 2:00 – 4:00 for prospective Junior Hons only; those continuing into Senior Hons should attend from 2:30 until 4:00 to hear about 4000-level modules)

It is very important that you attend this information session, so that you are well-informed about the modules you will be choosing next year. Subsequent to the information session, you will have the option to meet with the Honours Advisor, if necessary, if you have further queries (by appointment).

Following the publication of module grades on Tuesday 6 June, you will be able to pre-advise into modules of your choice. The online Pre-Advising system opens on Monday 19 June and remains open until Friday 30 June.

However, all students intending to take honours modules in Philosophy in 2017-18 are urged to ensure that they have completed the on-line advising process by Friday 23 June at the latest.

At this time you will need to enter your provisional module choices into the system – it is very important that you do this. You will then meet with the Honours Advisor in pre-sessional week in September 2017 to confirm these choices, and have them validated.

The Philosophy Honours Advisor is Dr Elizabeth Ashford

Staff contact information 

Head of School Nigel Rapport

Deputy Head of School Berys Gaut

Head of Department James Harris

Philosophy Director of Teaching Lisa Jones

Director of Research Ephraim Glick

Disability Coordinator Katie Allan

Examinations Officer Aaron Cotnoir

Health & Safety Officer Katie Allan

Honours Adviser Elizabeth Ashford

Sub honours Coordinator Simon Prosser

Senior Administrator Katie Allan

Departmental Secretary/Undergraduate Course Administrator

Lucie Wight and Rhona Paterson ext. 2486, School Office, room G09 Edgecliffe Opening hours: 9.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 17.00.

Please contact the Departmental Secretary/Undergraduate Course Administrator for assistance in the absence of academic members of staff.

Timetables and modules