As the historical home of David Hume and Adam Smith, the city of Edinburgh is a fitting place to study philosophy. The University too, has a strong historical connection to the subject, counting Adam Ferguson and Sir William Hamilton among its former students. Studying philosophy allows you to think about some of the great philosophical questions, in a clear, disciplined and systematic manner. It introduces you to the thinking of some of the great philosophers of the past and present, and illuminates the connections between diverse areas of human experience. It also makes you more aware of the assumptions that form the basis of your beliefs. We were ranked 21st in the world for philosophy in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 and among the top 20 universities in the UK for philosophy by the Guardian University Guide 2017. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were rated the best philosophy department in Scotland and the second best in the UK. With one of the largest philosophy departments in the world, we offer you a wide choice of subject areas to study and a diverse, supportive learning environment.