The Faculty of Philosophy at Cambridge has a distinguished history. It has numbered among its members G.E. Moore, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Elizabeth Anscombe (all of whom will figure prominently in any history of the subject). It continues to pursue the subject with clarity and rigour.

Philosophy is well supported at Emmanuel, with a good library provision and close ties with philosophers at other Colleges. As well as the usual teaching, we run occasional additional seminars and a few philosophical social events over the year.

Admissions Information

Standard Offer: A-level - A*AA; IB - 776 at Higher Level, 41 or 42 points overall; Advanced Highers: A1A2A2; other exam systems.
Course Requirements: No specific subjects required.
Course Outline: Further course details are available on the Department's website.
Applying: For information on how to apply: University application process and Emmanuel application timeline.
Submitted Work:

Applicants will be asked – following receipt of their application – to submit two pieces of written work. These should be in essay format with a word limit of up to 2,000 words per sample. The work can be extracted from coursework or an EPQ. All work must be original and not re-written or corrected for Cambridge. The deadline for submission will be early November.

Admissions Assessment:

All applicants, who are shortlisted for interview, will take a written assessment (multiple choice logic problmes and an essay). An assessment specification is available online. The College's Admissions Officer will register applicants for the assessment.


Candidates should normally expect two interviews. The interviews will take place during the period Monday 4 - Wednesday 13 December 2023. Specific subject dates will be emailed to applicants in November.

Course Enquiries: Emmanuel Admissions Office