The Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method is consistently ranked among the top places in the world to study philosophy. On this page you’ll find a round-up of our latest rankings.

The Good University Guide 2024: 2nd in the country

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide ranks 132 different universities across the country on factors like: Quality of teaching, student satisfaction, the number of grads who get jobs or do post-grads and the number of students who make it through their degrees. The 2024 Guide placed LSE Philosophy 2nd best of the country.

The Complete University Guide 2023: 2nd in the country

The Complete University Guide is published annually and provides rankings of UK universities both overall and by subject. In the 2023 guide, LSE has been ranked number 2 in the country for philosophy – climbing up from rank number 4 compared to last year’s guide.

The Guardian University Guide 2024: 4th in the country

The annual Guardian University Guide provides overall rankings of UK universities as well as specific rankings for 54 different subject areas. The 2024 guide placed LSE Philosophy at number 4 in the country.

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023: 3rd in the world

The QS World University Rankings by Subject highlight the world’s top universities in 51 individual subjects, based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. In this year’s philosophy rankings, LSE is number 3 in the world.

Philosophical Gourmet Report, 2017/8

The Philosophical Gourmet Report (PGR) is a well-known scoring of university philosophy departments. Scores are produced by asking panels of experts to rate the “quality of the faculty” at hundreds of departments around the world on a scale from 0 (Inadequate for a PhD program) to 5 (Distinguished).

The 2017/8 report ranks LSE Philosophy highly in virtually all of the areas in which we specialise:

  • Decision, Rational Choice, & Game Theory: joint 1st

  • Philosophy of Social Sciences: joint 2nd

  • Political Philosophy: joint 2nd

  • General Philosophy of Science: joint 2nd

  • Philosophy of Physics: joint 3rd

  • Overall UK Philosophy Department Ranking: joint 6th


Please note that LSE Philosophy does not endorse any particular ranking or ranking methodology.