The development of Philosophy at Royal Holloway began in 2007 with the establishment of a series of undergraduate minor degrees, followed in 2010 by joint honours degrees with Classics, Drama, English, Modern Languages, Music, and Politics & International Relations. In 2012 a Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) degree was introduced, providing exceptional flexibility for students to build their programme towards any of the three disciplines, and 2013 saw the introduction of a Single Honours Philosophy degree.
Philosophy has also steadily developed its graduate profile, with a growing number of PhD students working across a range of topics in modern philosophy and political philosophy. Philosophy has long offered an MA by Research degree, and in 2016 introduced a taught MA Philosophy programme with pathways in European, Modern, and Political Philosophy.
Through these developments we have built philosophy in an exciting, diverse, and distinctive way. We offer one of the few centres in the world that allows students to study across the divide between Anglo-American 'analytic' and European/Continental traditions in contemporary philosophy, with additional options in the history of philosophy (including ancient and Hellenistic philosophy and modern and contemporary political thought) and in philosophy’s relationship to literature and the practicing arts. Our programmes are delivered by a core group of philosophy staff supported by academics in Drama, English, and Politics and International Relations, all of whom are recognized teachers and researchers in their fields. In this way we have constructed a philosophy programme that connects to disciplines across the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Since September, 2012 Philosophy has been embedded in the Department of Politics and International Relations, where many of the most recent initiatives have been put forward working with the Department's political theory group. The College is in the process of re-establishing the two units within a new School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy for 2017. Philosophy is now located on the first floor of the College's spectacular main building, Founder's Building.