A day in the life of a Philosophy student
Hello, I’m Mark and I’m a third-year Philosophy
student… … and I’m Nick, a second-year Philosophy
student. Before we show you a day in our lives, philosophy
isn’t just about what this guy thought two-and-a-half thousand years ago.
You may be surprised by what a philosopher gets up to!
We’re both starting the day with a lecture. his is my weekly two-hour lecture on Logic.
This lecture is for my module called Logic: It’s Limits and Scope, which concerns logical
theorems – like completeness – and their proofs. The books I need for this module can be found
in the library on campus and any required journal articles can be easily accessed through
my online library account. Lectures can be quite informal and students are able to raise
their hands and ask questions throughout and in the ten minute break in the middle of the
lecture. As you can see this lecture is quite small…
… but my lecture’s much bigger! This is my two-hour-long weekly lecture for my Philosophy
of Religion module and today’s lecture is on Philosophy students don’t have as many
lectures as in other disciplines, so it’s not a bad idea to talk through any questions
I may have with the lecturer after the lecture has finished – the lecturers won’t mind!
Lectures take up about 15% of my working week. I’m now going to do some further research
for this module. There are many spaces around the university for doing some quiet work.
During this time, you’d probably be doing some further reading and writing up lecture
notes. My favourite place to study is the ERI Building – The European Research Institute
– which is also the home of the Philosophy Department. I like it in here because: there
are plenty of computers and workspaces, it’s quiet enough to concentrate and my lecturer’s
are always nearby to talk with. Hi Ema… …Hi Mark.
You’ll also see lecturers when you have termly Personal Tutor meetings with your allocated
tutor in the department. These meetings are to discuss your progress and any issues you
may be having. ach Philosophy student also has a weekly or biweekly seminar for each
module, which cover lecture-topics. Nick has one now! Seminars are comprised of small discussion
groups where you debate topics introduced in lectures, as well as ask any questions
you may have concerning the text you’re required to read for the seminar. These include
some of the best works of philosophy you’ll come across! Philosophy students like their
coffee! I’m off for mine now and to meet up with some friends for a break. I can’t
make it to the café today because I have a dissertation meeting. By your third year,
you’ll need to do a dissertation. This is an independent research project, the topic
for which you choose. You’ll be assigned a supervisor, who you can arrange to meet
with, to help guide you. Hello Ema… Hi Mark. Most ordinary assessments in Philosophy,
however, involve writing essays. These are submitted online and you can ask
for advice from your lecturers during their office hours. These are weekly slots during
which lecturers’ doors are open for students to ask questions and discuss their modules.
Thanks Ema. No problem! After a long day, I like to meet
my friends in Joe’s Bar, the student bar that’s located on campus, for a laugh and
a drink. That was a day in the life of a philosophy student…