St Hilda’s has a well-deserved reputation for being an open, informal and friendly place. We have a relatively large intake of philosophers across the joint schools, so the community of philosophers at St Hilda’s is large and vibrant. This is a great advantage, since Philosophy is a discursive subject, and a great deal can be learned through informal exchanges of ideas. The undergraduate philosophers are well integrated with graduates through social events such as philosophy drinks parties, and regular philosophy seminars to which all St Hilda’s philosophers are invited.
The Philosophy tutors and lecturers at St Hilda’s cover a wide range of papers at the undergraduate level, and can cover much of the first year teaching within college. However, one of the great advantages to studying Philosophy at Oxford is the abundance of expertise in Philosophy in the Faculty. It is common practice for colleges to ‘swap’ students, so that each student can be taught by experts, often world leaders, in the field.
At St Hilda’s we take academic achievement seriously, and we are strongly committed to supporting students to achieve their full academic potential. In Philosophy, our students have consistently performed well at examinations. For example, last year, one of our students received one of the top firsts in Philosophy, and 4 of our prelims candidates received distinctions in Philosophy.
We are located less than 10 minutes by foot from the Philosophy Faculty Library, at 10 Merton Street, where a comprehensive selection of philosophy resources is available for loan.
At Oxford, Philosophy is always studied in conjunction with at least one other subject, and the links between Philosophy and the subjects with which it is joined are explored in so-called ‘bridge papers’. For instance, Classicists might be interested in studying Plato or Aristotle, either in the original language or in translation; PPE students might be interested in Theory of Politics, which bridges Philosophy and Politics; and Philosophy of Mind bridges Philosophy and Psychology. Nevertheless, nearly all papers are open to everyone, so PPE students can study Philosophy of Maths, and Physics and Philosophy students can study Theory of Politics. As a result, each student gets a course that is ‘tailor made’ to suit his or her interests.