Philosophy at Stirling prides itself on combining an innovative teaching programme with research at the highest level. We offer an undergraduate teaching curriculum centred in the analytic tradition broadly conceived, and covering all major aspects of the subject. We are committed to providing a dynamic and supportive learning environment in which students can easily feel at home.
In the National Student Survey, philosophy at Stirling is regularly ranked among the top one or two undergraduate philosophy programmes in the UK. We came first in the UK in the 2014 survey, with 100% for 'overall satisfaction' (we were also first in 2009 and 2010, third in 2011 and fourth in 2012). Our most recent external teaching review “noted a very positive student-staff relationship within the division, where students were encouraged to approach staff for help with their studies, advice and support. This was supplemented by the formal student-staff arrangements and a high level of support provided through the Law & Philosophy Office. The Panel commended the strong sense of identity with and acknowledgement of the division’s cohesive collegial ethos and recognised that students were uniformly highly satisfied with their learning experience”.
Postgraduate study is offered in the context of the joint St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme in Philosophy (SASP). This programme is Scotland's leading centre for graduate study in Philosophy and one of the highest-ranked and largest Philosophy schools in the United Kingdom, with an outstanding placement record for its graduates.
We have an active research environment with regular events open to all: weekly Visiting Speaker Seminars (see tab above), frequent conferences and seminar series (including, recently, the Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, Frege@Stirling, the Stirling Political Philosophy group among many others) ongoing research projects, and a lively student Philosophy Society (see tab above) with a regular programme of talks and an annual staff-student reading weekend in the Highlands.
The research expertise of our staff members falls into the following groups, which provide a framework for our research activity:
- Epistemology, Rationality and Normativity
- History of Philosophy
- Legal, Moral and Political Philosophy
- Philosophy of Mind and Metaphysics
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 62% of our research was judged as 'world leading' or internationally excellent, and we have a very strong record of success in gaining research funding.
We are actively committed to diversity and equality in both our teaching and research. We were the first Philosophy unit in Scotland to adopt the good practice scheme for women in philosophy developed by the British Philosophical Association and the Society for Women in Philosophy (see our policies here), and we recently sponsored the launch of Stirling's MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) chapter.