Philosophy is a subject that asks big questions about the nature of knowledge, reality and existence.
Below you will find information about the specific degree courses offered by Oxford and Cambridge Universities to study Philosophy, how to prepare, and how Oxbridge Interviews can help you with your application.BOOK COURSE
Cambridge University offer a three year Philosophy course.
The application process is highly competitive with only 20% of applications successful. To be offered a place, you generally need to get A*AA at A Level (or equivalent). No subjects are compulsory, however they do recommend studying an arts and science mix, including mathematics.
Oxford University do not offer a pure Philosophy course. Applicants interested in Philosophy at Oxford can apply to their Philosophy, Politics and Economics course, or Philosophy and Theology.
Philosophy and Theology is a 3 year course. The application process is highly competitive with only 20% of applications successful. To be offered a place, you generally need to get AAA at A Level (or equivalent). No subjects are compulsory, however they do recommend studying at least one essay-based subject.
To prepare for your Philosophy application, you must demonstrate your motivation for the subject and specific interests. You can do this by reading beyond your school curriculum. Our interviewers recommend:
- 'What is Philosophy for?' by Mary Midgley
- 'Being Good' by Simon Blackburn
- ‘The Problems of Philosophy’ by Bertrand Russell
Practice interviews for Philosophy applications are critical. You wouldn’t sit an exam without doing a mock, so don’t place yourself in an interview without having experienced a practice interview first.
Applicants to Philosophy at Cambridge are required to sit the at-interview Philosophy Admissions Assessment (PAA), if invited to interview.
All candidates applying for Philosophy and Theology at Oxford are required to sit the Philosophy Test.