"Studying Philosophy at Royal Holloway has been one of the most challenging but rewarding experiences I have ever had. The subjects I have studied have been diverse and absolutely fascinating. The range of modules available to Philosophy students ensures that you cannot fail to find something you really engage with. Not only do I get to spend my time writing about, reading, and researching a subject I love, but I also know that I have the support of a truly great department behind me. The support network at Royal Holloway is fantastic, and I know that my tutors will do everything they can to ensure I’m getting the most out of my study. But by far one of the most important things to me is that Philosophy presents me with new challenges every day. I know that I will learn something new each week, and that the way I am learning to think about the things I learn is invaluable. Whichever path I choose in the future, the subject I study here will have provided me with some of the best skills a person can have: studying Philosophy has improved the way I analyse, criticise and think about everything."
Claire West, 2nd year BA Ancient History and Philosophy
"Philosophy is the study of the thoughts and writings of a collection of people who discussed matters which define the nature of our perception of the world. At Royal Holloway, I’ve quite consistently left lectures and seminars in a glorious daze, having had these matters impressed upon me – I’m not sure you get that daze in other academic disciplines. These thinkers have got something to offer that you don’t want to miss."
James Lewis, 3rd year Philosophy and Politics
"For me philosophy is unique in that it is able to draw on so many disciplines, combining a rigour and application of logic and reasoning quite unlike any other subject. Education is about discovery and challenging perceptions; this is the essence of philosophy. Whether considering politics, ethics or our relationship to language, the study of philosophy is both enriching and genuinely enlightening."
Craig Gent, 2nd year Philosophy, Politics and International Relations
"The best piece of advice I can give is to write something every day. That doesn’t have to mean a 5,000 exegesis closely related to your dissertation; it could be 500 words. The key point is that you are engaging your brain.
Independent study can be tough at times, particularly when you just need to talk things through with someone whilst writing a key paragraph, or talking more broadly about your argument to ensure you have an overarching theme. But this can be overcome. Of course, your supervisor is also a key part of the feedback process as well."
Fiona Redding, MA in Philosophy by Research