The Department of Philosophy has been ranked 16th in the world according to the 2016 QS World University Rankings.
The study of philosophy is concerned with trying to make sense of ourselves and the world we live in through rational argument. It is a highly inter-disciplinary subject and attempts to examine and answer questions raised by natural science, by the study of art and literature, by the nature of language and communication, and by history.
At St Andrews, you will become familiar with views put forward by the principal figures of the philosophical tradition, and learn how to rationally and independently assess your own arguments. Studying philosophy is thus a means of acquiring skills of criticism and analysis, of clear thinking and principled debate.