School of History, Philosophy and Culture

  • The department

    We pride ourselves on the quality of our research and the support that we give to our students. As a result, we consistently receive very high student satisfaction scores across the subjects taught in the department. We aim to create a supportive environment where you can explore whichever areas of your subject capture your imagination the most, while helping you on your way to achieving your goals for the future.

    Thought-provoking subjects

    Our Communication, Media and Culture team publish widely, and regularly present their work internationally. Students on this course can expect to develop their communication skills, creative thinking, and critical reflection.

    Our Criminology team explores crime through a truly interdisciplinary approach, with emphasis on learning from professionals in the field. Our students gain a mix of theoretical and practical experience, including analytical work on crime and crime prevention.

    Our History team is renowned as one of the most dynamic in the country, with 78% of their research rated as either internationally excellent or world leading. They encourage a particularly supportive academic environment in order to enable each student to maximise his or her individual potential.

    Our History of Art team are student-nominated award winners for the quality of their teaching. With an emphasis on hands-on learning and research, students benefit from access to the international collections, exhibitions, and architecture here in Oxford.

    Our Philosophy team focuses on ‘doing Philosophy’. We take Philosophy off campus to the wider world: our undergraduates can opt to teach Philosophy in a local primary school, and we organise a programme of talks and events in the city. This subject allows you to explore your own thoughts and ideas, whilst developing key transferable skills and experience.

    We also offer postgraduate studies in Religion and Theology, as well as supporting the work of the Oxford Centre for the Study of Methodism and Church History.

    Alumni and networks

    As a graduate from the School of History, Philosophy and Culture you will go on to a range of careers. Recent graduates have gone into professions including IT, advertising, publishing, teaching, business, the civil and diplomatic services, public relations, law, sales and marketing, and the heritage industry.

    If you’d like to share your experiences and expertise with current students or at an Open Day, or maybe take the lead in organising a reunion – we’d love to hear from you. Stay connected with the Department and with other alumni via our LinkedIn groups and alumni societies.