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Develop your skills of thinking and argumentation even further by engaging with some of the most challenging areas of philosophical inquiry, from the nature of knowledge to the extent of ethics.
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Our identities are bound by our individual beliefs and morals – but how did they become ingrained in us? Study Philosophy with us and find out. You’ll learn about different schools of thought and how to dissect ideas central to our perception of world - you might even explore the theory of knowledge itself. We’ll also explore issues like god, evil, and morality, the mind-body problem, and animal ethics, questioning our thought paths and rationing along the way.   

Teaching methodology

Learn the Oxford way with tutorial-style teaching. Your expert tutor will foster self-directed learning and critical thinking through interactive seminars in small groups (no bigger than 8). During your course, you will complete two pieces of independent work (essays or problem sheets), which your tutor will then evaluate in either a 1:1 or 2:1 tutorial. Tutorials will provide you with the opportunity to discuss your work and feedback with your tutor and learn new perspectives from your classmates. On completion of the course, you'll receive a certificate and letter of recommendation from your tutor.

The experience

You’ll have time to explore Oxford for yourself, as well as forging new friendships for the future, and there’s an action-packed programme of social activities, field trips and excursions to help bring your learning to life. We might even head to London for the day.

You’re not a tourist, so we won’t treat you like one. Instead, we’ll help you uncover genuine local treasures and show you what life here is really like, from the inside.

Typical outings

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British Museum

Discover amazing treasures and experience the history of people from around the world. Then explore the heart of London from Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square to the National Gallery and St James' Park.

Warwick Castle

Let your imagination roar with history, magic, myth and adventure in the age of gallant dragon-slaying knights. And discover dark dungeons and watch birds of prey soar at one of England’s finest mediaeval castles.

Tower of London

The Crown Jewels, Beefeaters, and over 1,000 years of history – explore this iconic ancient fortress and castle, walk along the mighty river Thames and discover vibrant Brick Lane.

Westminster, London

The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Cathedral, St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace – just a few of the world-famous landmarks in this part of London. Enjoy being at the heart of our vibrant capital.


Explore the cobbled streets and Georgian architecture of this historic English city. And discover the secrets of the literary world of Jane Austen, the Roman Baths, and its lively shops and cafés.

Blenheim Palace

Uncover the amazing history of the palace where Winston Churchill was born. And explore incredible state rooms, the tricky garden maze, the butterfly house, the beautiful grounds, and much more.

Ashmolean Museum

This world-famous museum of art and archaeology in the heart of Oxford University unveils a world of incredible historical artefacts, Egyptian mummies, Picasso, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and much more.


Let us show you around our home town. We’ll visit lots of fascinating museums, take a punt down the river, explore Oxford Castle, and uncover all the best bits of this classic English city.


It’s action stations as you step aboard world-famous warships, including Nelson’s HMS Victory, brave the glass floor of the Spinnaker Tower, and explore one of England’s most important naval cities.


Explore Brunel's amazing engineering feat, the SS Great Britain, get hands-on with science at We The Curious, marvel at the Planetarium, and uncover the secrets of one of the UK’s coolest cities.


Chamanda, United Kingdom

"My tutor was really insightful and helped us ease into the subject. We had many debates on our views on certain philosophical debates such as ‘Do we really have Knowledge?’ The best part was that we were in a small class, about 3 of use, so everyone was included in the discussions and nobody was left out."

Stay in Oxford

Where it all began. Oxford is home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and it’s also where Oxford Summer Courses was born. Known as the city of dreaming spires, Oxford has educated and inspired world-changing thinkers through the ages. And its renowned tutorial teaching keeps the university among the global elite. But it’s so much more than books. This is a lively, cosmopolitan and open-minded place. There’s room for everyone, with something new (or very old) to discover at every turn.

All of the accommodation in Oxford is based within Oxford University college grounds, and the beautiful buildings that date back in some cases to the 13th century, present a real sense of the traditional university. Although the bedrooms have been appropriately modernised, they remain in-keeping with the college surroundings with lots of character and charm. Accommodating full-time students during term time, the rooms are practical and usually have some desk space for quiet study time. Each corridor houses a pastoral member of staff, who oversees students throughout the night. We are able to offer twin or single bedrooms with either shared or private bathroom facilities.

You will get the chance to eat at a range of Oxford's best restaurants and cafes during the week, and each Friday evening you will experience an Oxford University formal hall. As an Oxford Summer Courses student, you will get to attend two formal halls per course, where you can expect an excellent dining experience and an electric atmosphere, as students and staff celebrate the achievements of the week together. Usually followed by a traditional party and graduation ceremony it really is an experience of a lifetime, so don’t forget your cameras for this one!


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Alexander Murphy

PhD Philosophy, UCL - Alex specialises in Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, Metametaphysics, Metaphilosophy, Metanormativity, Metaethics and Philosophy of Logic. He's especially interested in the questions: "What is the relationship between language/our minds and the world?" and "Are there any objective facts about how we should behave and what we should believe?" His PhD focuses on the idea that we live in a simulation - a central theme in philosophy. Alongside this work, Alex explores whether there are any reasons for us to act or behave one way or another and has published and spoken multiple times on related ideas.

Alexander Dowding

DPhil Philosophy, University of Oxford - Alex is a philosophy tutor at the University of Oxford, with research interests in phenomenology, metaphysics and philosophy of religion. His research focuses on the relationship between the passage of time, our concept of time and our concept of being: how can we account for the way in which time flows, and what does any such account tell us about the meaning of "exists"? When not thinking, reading or writing philosophy, he also enjoys reading fiction and composing music.

Dr Hayley Webster

PhD Philosophy, University of Massachusetts - Hayley specialises in analytic philosophy, particularly epistemology and philosophy of cognition. Her PhD thesis was on the topic of self-knowledge and how we know our own minds, using findings from contemporary cognitive science and psychology. Hayley's currently studying law at the University of Oxford with the aim of having a legal career.

Kacper Kowalczyk

DPhil Philosophy, University of Oxford - Kasper is a third-year doctoral student working on a range of topics in ethics and metaphysics, including population ethics, personal identity, risk, egalitarianism/prioritarianism and decision theory. He grew up in Poland but moved to the UK in 2010 to take up a scholarship at Dulwich College, London. He then received a BPhil (a master's degree) from Christ Church, Oxford, in 2016 and a BA from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 2014.

Dates & Prices

25 Jun - 8 Jul 2023

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2 Jul - 15 Jul 2023

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9 Jul - 22 Jul 2023

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16 Jul - 29 Jul 2023

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23 Jul - 5 Aug 2023

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30 Jul - 12 Aug 2023

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6 Aug - 19 Aug 2023

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13 Aug - 26 Aug 2023

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