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It is not possible to study philosophy at undergraduate level as a single degree subject; all courses containing philosophy are joint courses. The reason for this is the belief that the parallel study of related disciplines significantly enhances your understanding of each, bringing added dimensions of understanding and perspective.

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The Lloyd Davies Philosophy Prize

Oriel College is proud to organise the Lloyd Davies Prize in Philosophy. The top prize will be £250 and there will be a second prize of £150. All essays of a high enough standard will be commended. The winnersí essays may appear on the Oriel web-site, with the permissions of their authors.

The Prize has the following aims:

  • To give students in Year 12 or the Lower 6th who are considering applying to a University an opportunity to write about a subject they are personally interested in. This should enable them to develop their abilities for independent research and thought in Philosophy.
  • To support teachers of able pupils by providing interesting and challenging further work in Philosophy and by bringing such students into contact with Higher Education.
  • To encourage able students to consider applying to Oxford for Philosophy by giving them some experience of the type of work involved.
  • To recognise, through prizes and commendations, the achievement and effort of the best of those who enter the Prize.


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