We admit undergraduates to read Classics, PPE, Psychology and Philosophy, and Mathematics & Philosophy. Normally about 8 undergraduates per year are admitted to Classics, 7 to PPE, and a smaller number in the other two joint schools. This means that at any one time there are about fifty undergraduates at Corpus taking philosophy as part of their degree.
We welcome students from all backgrounds, and from anywhere in the world.
No particular A-level subject is required for the philosophy part of our undergraduate courses (but there may be other entry requirements. Please refer to the University admissions website). Good philosophy students are people who are excited by philosophical questions and who are determined to work hard in order to think clearly about them. We are looking for people with enquiring and critical minds. Philosophers tend to enjoy questioning things that other people ordinarily take for granted. To do this well one needs to be able to think clearly and express oneself precisely, sometimes about very abstract issues. It is an exciting but demanding subject. We expect a high level of commitment from our students, but in turn we provide them with a high level of support.
The philosophy section of our library is the envy of students elsewhere. It is well equipped to meet the needs of both graduates and undergraduates.
We are very proud of our graduate students, who in the last few years have achieved outstanding marks on the BPhil. The student with the highest marks on the BPhil is often from Corpus. There are always several graduates reading philosophy at Corpus. They are attracted both by the excellence of Corpus' library and by the importance of philosophy in the life of the college.
Corpus is the only Oxford college to be associated with two established chairs in philosophy, currently held by Professors Jeff McMahan and Mike Martin. We also have two tutorial fellowships, currently held by Professors Mark Wrathall and Marion Durand. The two professorships, together with two tutorial fellowships and frequent Junior Research Fellowship positions, make Corpus one of the most philosophical colleges at Oxford. Moreover, the college's strengths in classics and in law are also attractive for students working in related areas of philosophy. The college is the home of the Corpus Classics Centre.