V500
A Level: A*AA IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level

Few students study philosophy at school, and so nearly all philosophy undergraduates enter Cambridge fresh to the subject. In the first year they do ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, the philosophy of language, some introductory logic, and study historical texts (Plato, Descartes, Mill). In the second and third years there is the opportunity to specialise further in some of these areas and to study other areas, including epistemology, aesthetics, the philosophy of science and mathematics, Greek and Roman philosophy, 17th-18th century European philosophy, 18th-19th century German philosophy, and 20th century analytics philosophy.

People can be drawn to Philosophy for any number of reasons, from an interest in moral questions to puzzlement about the nature of numbers. The only essential qualifications are curiosity about large intellectual issues and the desire to resolve them by careful argument.

Subject Requirements

Essential: No special subject requirements.

Highly Desirable: Arts/Science mix useful.

Written Work

Candidates are asked to submit one piece of written work (preferably marked). This piece of work can be in any subject area. Coursework in an essay-based subject would be best, if available.

Interview Process and Admission Assessments

Should applicants be invited to attend a subject interview, the interview will be with the Director of Studies in Philosophy and another philosopher.

All Applicants for Philosophy are required to take a written assessment, if interviewed. The assessment consists of several short questions designed to test logic skills (20 minutes), and a short essay on one of several philosophical topics (40 minutes). Although no specific preparation is required for either the test or the interviews, it is highly desirable that applicants do some general preparatory reading in philosophy beforehand. For further information on the assessment format, please view the entry requirements tab on: http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/philosophy

The 2022 Philosophy assessment will take place on Monday 28 November. Further information will be provided if you are invited to interview. You do not need to register for this assessment.

Director of Studies - Dr Nikhil Krishnan

Further information

Philosophy Faculty Admissions pages

Philosophy (information from the Cambridge Admissions website)

For incoming 1st year students, the following reading list will be helpful: Philosophy Reading List

Updated September 2022