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. 

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

The MSt in Practical Ethics is highly interdisciplinary part-time master's degree focusing on the application of rigorous philosophical analysis to real-life ethical problems. Modules from the programme can also be taken as stand-alone short courses for professional development.

Upcoming courses

Short intensive • Professional development
  • Mon 02 Oct 2023 – 06 Oct 2023
Online - live • Short courses • Lecture series • Hybrid - in person or online
  • Mon 16 Oct 2023 – 20 Nov 2023
  • 2:00 – 3:15pm
In-person day/weekend • Short courses
  • Sat 21 Oct 2023 – 22 Oct 2023
  • 9.45am Sat - 1.00pm Sun
Online - live • Short courses • Hybrid - in person or online
  • Sat 09 Dec 2023
  • 9:45am – 5:00pm
Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Wed 10 Jan 2024 – 05 Apr 2024