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I feel st andrews is probably great academia wise and in the middle between durham and Birmingham career prestige wise. But tbh all this rubbish about prestigious can be a lot of BS and us being amateur philosophers know a thing or two about BS.
What Im saying is just go to the one you will enjoy the most, the prestige of the Uni doesn't matter as much as how YOU perform. AC Grayling for example went to Sussex for undergrad which you didn't apply to maybe due to prestigious, he worked hard though got a first and is now a top philosopher. So in the end just pick where you would enjoy and know you would be successful
Which lucky for me is durham!
I've applied to the three universities listed above for Philosophy. I also applied to Cambridge, who rejected me, and Essex, as an insurance. I have offers from Durham and Birmingham, both of which are reduced, and am waiting to hear back from St. As. I wish to pursue a career in academic philosophy. Of these, which would be the best pick for such an end? I like all of them, since each of them have their niches. Really, I'm after the one with the strongest reputation and philosophy department, to put me in the best position for my career. Thank you!
I think Birmingham would be a great option if your goal is a career in academic philosophy. The range of optional modules at UoB means you have so many opportunities to explore different areas of philosophy and narrow down what you are most passionate about pursuing. You have a lot of freedom over what you study at undergraduate level compared to other universities, including modules such as ‘Sex, Ethics and Philosophy’, ‘Minds, Brains and Computers’ and ‘The Linguistic Study of Meaning’. The staff in the department also specialise in a huge range of topics from biomedical ethics and political philosophy to the philosophy of the mind and time travel. The staff are also really supportive and are always willing to help you and discuss your ideas. There are also a variety of postgraduate options at Birmingham that lead straight on from your undergraduate degree, such as an MA in the ‘Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science’ and an MSc in ‘Global Ethics and Justice’, as well as a standard MA in Philosophy. So, you have so many opportunities to decide which areas of philosophy you are most interested in pursuing as an academic career.
I hope this helps! - Rosie, 3rd year BA Philosophy student