Membership categories & fees

Membership runs from 1 October to 30 September. If you join during the academic year and pay by standing order, membership until the following 1 October is free.

Individual membership

Individual members in any of the categories below are welcome from anywhere in the world.

Full membership £15 waged, £8 unwaged

Open to anyone who is competent to teach or pursue research in philosophy, as demonstrated by their training or achievements. This includes postgraduate research students, individuals with a research degree/teaching experience but not currently employed in a teaching or research position in philosophy, teachers of philosophy in schools, and retired academics.

Life membership £100 (£50 for those over 60)

Open to anyone meeting the criteria for full membership (see above).

Institutional membership

Departmental membership 

Open to all HE philosophy departments in the UK or any other unit, within an HE institution in the UK, which has responsibility for a substantial amount of teaching and/or research in Philosophy, regardless of its formal title, and irrespective of whether or not it is also responsible for teaching and/or research in other areas. (One specific function of the Association is to cater for philosophers not working in the conventional context of a philosophy department.) Only departments that are paid members will be represented by the BPA (where representation includes being invited to Head of Department meetings, being briefed about the REF consultation and receiving support and advice etc.).

Membership fees vary depending on the number of staff in the department, as follows:

Number of academics^


BPA subscription

1-5   £20
6-10   £50
11-15   £70
>16   £100

^ Count all academics at lecturer grade or higher who are on a permanent contract, whether full or part time. In the case of part-time staff please add up any fractional contracts to their full-time equivalent (such as two staff on 0.5 positions equating to 1 full-time staff) and round up 0.5 to the next whole number.

Learned society membership

Any learned society may become a corporate member of the BPA if it has among its principal objects the promoting of study in areas which are wholly or primarily philosophical. Membership is not restricted to UK-based societies. Membership fees are related to the membership of the learned society, as follows:

Number of members


BPA membership fee*

51-100 members   £50
101-150 members   £70
151-200 members   £100
>200 members   £150

* The BPA membership fees are intended as guidelines only. We recognise that different learned societies with similar numbers of members can be in very different financial circumstances, and we have no wish to discourage learned societies from joining or renewing by charging fees they cannot afford. Societies that do not wish to pay the recommended fee may simply pay a fee associated with a lower level of society membership (minimum £20).