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Philosophy explores human thought, the basis of knowledge, the nature of reason, consciousness and cognition, as well as the foundations of value and political theory. The course has long and distinguished history, and offers a solid grounding in analytic philosophy, whilst allowing students to diversify within the subject if they wish. Its questions are intriguing and its study requires complex critical thinking, rigorous analysis, and consideration of new perspectives. 

Cambridge Philosophers go on to pursue a range of careers requiring analytical and critical skills, including business, computing, journalism, administration, and law.


Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.

Typical offers require

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

For other qualifications, see the main entrance requirements pages on the University website.

Course Requirements

  • Required: None
  • Highly recommended: Philosophy or Religious Studies, Mathematics, other academic essay-based subjects

Mature students and those taking other qualifications are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office, to discuss the entry requirements for their qualifications.

Number of students 

We aim to admit around two students per year.

Admissions Assessment

  • Applicants selected for interview are required to take a written assessment. This takes place in late November during the application process. Applicants do not need to register in advance; all the necessary arrangements are made by the College. The assessment is sat remotely at home or in school.
  • Further details about the written assessment can be found on the University website here.

Written work 

Applicants are required to submit two school/college essays as examples of written work prior to interview. 

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