BA in Philosophy

An attempt to understand how we live and explore the world of ideas in conversations with one another. 


Some things are so obvious that they are hidden from us. How do you know that you aren’t dreaming? Are you the same person who started reading this sentence? Why exactly is murder wrong, and how do we know it? What makes something beautiful, or ugly, or awkward?

At the same time, the world around us is full of need. People live needlessly difficult lives.

Philosophy at Azim Premji University prepares you to answer both the hidden questions and the practical need.

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We start with wondering about the big questions. You will sharpen these wonderings into clear arguments, and learn to find your own alternative views. Along the way, you will pick up rare and vital capabilities: communicating clearly, working with those you profoundly disagree with, coming up with your own ideas and testing them thoroughly. And you will practice applying your insights and capabilities to the world around you, through seminar discussions and work outside the university, in the field.

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Active and self-directed learning

Our courses help you make sense of your experiences and apply your philosophical capabilities in your social context and the world. Our courses are designed to help you reason with care, communicate with people with views different than your own, write and present your ideas simply and clearly.

You will learn to question assumptions, develop your own arguments and views, analyse arguments critically, and collect evidence accurately. Our hope is that you will develop curiosity and empathy in your intellectual pursuits, and a commitment to public service.

Accessible to all students

We believe that the practice of philosophical thought should be made easy for anybody to understand, and our programme is designed to help you no matter what your caste, class, region or language background.

Apply philosophical ideas to practical contexts, and a wide choice of careers

Our programme will help you engage with challenges of representation and exclusion in society, which will help you in roles in NGOs, civil service, education and journalism. We train you to find creative solutions for complex problems.

Our philosophy programme was developed with leaders in public service, educators and academic philosophers from around the world.

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For the application process and timelines, please find the details, here.

Understand more about our selection process, here.

Find more details about the eligibility criteria for Undergraduate programmes, here.


Our degree encourages you to explore and follow your interests. We design our courses to ensure that you can specialise in a subject of your choice while learning a variety of subjects across disciplines.


You will meet all your classmates at the beginning of your degree to build all the tools you need for your three years of study. This includes foundational courses, an understanding of India, interdisciplinary studies, and a workshop in creative expressions.


We provide active academic assistance and ensure that you are able to meet the requirements of the academic programme to fulfil your aspirations.


We ensure that no student has to drop out of university because of financial trouble or social disadvantage. We provide financial assistance to deserving students.

Living on campus

We believe that learning happens both inside and outside the classroom. In living together, you can meet and encounter diverse people from different social and cultural backgrounds and experiences. Our campus has a range of activities from discussion groups to sports and clubs for our students and faculty to interact with each other and build meaningful relationships over their years of study.

Know more about the Bengaluru campus, here.

Know more about Azim Premji University at Bhopal, here.

Course structure

Our courses are designed to help you develop a philosophy toolbox with which you can think independently and respond to various scenarios and contexts. You will learn to reason rigorously, communicate with clarity, and critically engage with complex texts. We hope that you will be able to find creative solutions to complex problems, and learn to speak with people from different backgrounds, socially and ideologically, through seminars, field trips and discussions. 

Please visit this page to learn more about our four-year undergraduate programmes.

The Common Curriculum will introduce students to the study of the themes and areas that emphasise and build critical and analytical abilities, and sensibilities for dialogue, reflection and cooperative learning. The Common Curriculum has three sub-components organised as below:

Foundations: Build capacity for critical thinking, reasoning and communication.

Understanding India: India’s history, society and possible futures

Creative Expressions: Explore music, visual art, theatre, dance, martial arts, yoga, pottery, sport, and other creative areas.

In the core courses, you will work on themes that help you learn rigour, creativity and self-examination. 

  • Paradoxes


    This course introduces formal systems as tools to solve specific problems, giving students the capacity to evaluate which (and whether) a particular formal system is appropriate for the problem before them.

  • Ethics


    In this course students focus on ethics as applied to concrete ethically troubling contexts within the broader context of India and learn to come up with their own views and criticisms.

  • Political Philosophy


    This course will acquaint students with major political ideologies in India and enable them to talk to and work with those they disagree with on political issues.

  • Philosophy of Art


    In this course, we will investigate the nature of artworks and the role they play in our lives; we will focus on specific problem cases and concrete artworks in order to answer these questions.

  • Philosophy of Measurement


    In this course, students will gain the capability of identifying and evaluating the normative presuppositions of different measurements through detailed case studies.

  • The Self


    In using insights from both analytic philosophy and Indian philosophy to grapple with questions about the self, students will develop the capability to draw ideas from one tradition to solve problems that arise in another.

  • Philosophy of the Environment


    In this capstone course, students bring together the different parts of philosophy they have studied in order to analyse problems about the relationship between humans and the environment as well as the value and moral and political status of the environment.

You can choose a stream with four courses each in a discipline outside philosophy.

Students must be prepared for the world of work at the end of the programme should they choose to enter it. We aim to provide the required skills and competencies for this through a Minor featuring courses in an Occupational or Interdisciplinary theme. These sets of courses are aimed to provide both conceptual understanding and skills and tools that will allow students to contribute through work and further study.

Students can opt for a minor in any one of the indicative areas listed below:

  • Education
  • Media and Journalism
  • Data and Democracy
  • Sports and Fitness
  • Climate Studies
  • Arts

The selection of these indicative areas is based on the availability of courses and our evaluation of the student’s interests and academic needs. For each cohort, a final list of available courses will be announced at the end of their second semester.

Students can craft their own educational experience by selecting courses in the following ways:

  • Students will have the option to take additional courses in their Disciplinary major
  • Interdisciplinary minor that will enable them for their further higher studies or career pathways.

These courses could also be selected to enhance and broaden their

  • Language skills and Quantitative reasoning capacities/​programming skills
  • Understanding of themes outside their Major subject.