Philosophy

Develop analytical rigour and critical reasoning

Do we have any knowledge of the external world? Does time flow? What is a work of art? By studying philosophy you will develop analytical rigour and the ability to criticise and reason logically, and to apply these skills to questions like these.

Short courses for adult learners

Philosophy offerings include introductory courses, political philosophy, critical reasoning, ethics and bioethics, philosophy of religion, and much more. 

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> Ways to study: how our short courses work

Many of our short courses, including flexible online courses, weekly classes (both in Oxford and online) and some summer schools, can be studied for credit, which means they can count towards a recognised qualification such as our Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education.

Graduate study and professional development


Upcoming courses

Weekly • Short courses
  • Mon 27 Sep 2021 – Mon 29 Nov 2021
  • 10 meetings
  • 1:30 – 3:30pm
Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Wed 29 Sep 2021 – 10 Dec 2021
Online - live • Lecture series • Hybrid teaching
  • Mon 18 Oct 2021 – 22 Nov 2021
  • 6 meetings
  • 2.00-3.30pm
Online - live • Short courses • Hybrid teaching
  • Sat 23 Oct 2021
  • 9.00am - 5.00pm
Online - live • Short courses • Hybrid teaching
  • Sat 13 Nov 2021
  • 9.15am-6.15pm