Tackle the biggest questions facing humanity and discover how others have tried to solve them. Explore how different societies have shaped, and been shaped by, English literature. Become a self-reliant researcher with critical and analytical skills suited to many different careers.
Studying Philosophy and English literature together will allow you to imbue your creative writing with a consideration of universal questions, creating literature with substance as well as style.
You’ll be introduced to the biggest puzzles that have fascinated humans for centuries, such as ‘who are we?’, ‘what can we know?’ and ‘what should we do to lead worthwhile lives?’ - as well as finding out how the greatest minds have tried to solve them.
You’ll also discover the importance of English literature; how it is affected by the culture, language, technology and economics of the period, but also how it influences readers and society itself. By studying English literature you will, in turn, explore many other subjects, including history, politics, religion, psychology and the history of art.
By exploring these disciplines, and engaging in debates with your fellow students, you’ll develop your thinking so it becomes more rigorous, systematic and creative. You’ll also pick up transferable key skills that will be of use throughout your career, including critical analysis, complex problem solving, judgement, and the specific methods of literary research, such as bibliographies, databases and information technology.
Your studies will be supported by a staff that offers one-to-one personal tutoring and personalised feedback on your assessments. Our Philosophy courses were voted 2nd in the UK for 'Satisfied with feedback' in the Guardian University Guide 2018, while our English Literature team includes Dr Tory Young, the author of Studying English Literature, a text used on many other University courses as well as our own.
Course Leader: Dr Michael Wilby
*World Economic Forum
The Guardian University Guide 2018
The problem-solving, critical and creative skills you’ll develop on this course will be particularly useful for a range of careers in areas such as teaching, journalism, local government, publishing, charity administration and management, librarianship, and digital and media roles.
They are also transferrable to others, including business-based areas such as project management, PR and marketing, start-ups and online companies.
When you graduate, you might also decide to move onto our PhD / MPhil Philosophy research degree or one of our related Masters courses:
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
You’ll show your progress through a combination of exams, essays, portfolios, presentations, reviews and reports, as well as your final-year Major Project.
The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences is an academic community of nearly 800 students and teaching staff. Our students are supported by leading practitioners, so you'll always have access to the latest theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as invaluable career advice. Subjects in the Humanities and Social Sciences lead to work in many roles you might not have considered, maybe as a politician, chief executive – or even an inventor.
We organise many activities to help our students prepare for their future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
You can take part in our many extra-curricular activities, our poetry and writing evenings, research symposia and conferences, as well as many student societies including the Creative Writing Society, the Philosophy Society, the Poetry Society and the Harry Potter Society.
You can apply to spend one semester at one of our exchange partner institution. For details of which universities are currently participating, please visit our exchange programme page.
All your classes will take place in our modern and well-equipped classrooms. You’ll also have full access to our well-stocked campus library, with computer rooms and quiet zones, as well as many online resources.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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