St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

Studying English literature and language is a way of engaging with the world; with history, philosophy, culture and the mind. Students will discover that the multiple contexts of literature expand as they read through an undergraduate degree. The critical writing that is so much a part of an English programme trains students to evaluate diverse forms of argument and evidence, a difficult skill greatly valued in a wide range of career pathways. Philosophy at St Mary's starts at the beginning and helps students to see how philosophy emerged as a distinct undertaking. Students are encouraged to think and debate, and to engage with their classmates and lecturers throughout their degree. Topics covered include dialogue, psychology, science, art, popular culture, and more. Philosophy graduates have gone on to work as accountants, in the civil service, in advertising, in information technology, in teaching, in marketing, in law, and in human resources management.

Course Modules

English Level 1: The programme opens with an introduction to university level literary and language studies, which provides a foundation for the rest of the courses; most of level 1 is core, but optional courses typically include: children and language; contemporary poetry; contemporary fiction. Level 2: The range of optional courses increases, complementing the core studies of literature and language; courses on offer typically include: approaches to Shakespeare; history of the English language; creative writing: fiction and drama; romanticism; women and society in the 19th century novel; 18th century London: writing the metropolis; romanticism; identity and desire in renaissance poetry; second language acquisition ; writing London. Level 3: Options increasingly broaden the areas of main study, and students may write a dissertation on a subject of their own choosing; courses include: modernism in English literature; American literature; literature of the first world war; Bob Dylan; creative writing: life writing; language and society; stylistics; 20th century literature; dissertation; philosophy and literature. Philosophy Level 1: This is an introductory year, in which students acquire a solid understanding of core issues and thinkers in philosophy, as well as the necessary skills to study philosophy at a higher level; modules include: reason, argument, evidence; key texts of antiquity; revolutions in thought: 1500'1800; moral philosophy. Level 2 and 3: The content of the degree will be increasingly decided by students interests and their future professional needs; modules include: socratic dialogue/philosophy and communication; in year three single honours students as well as students majoring in philosophy write a dissertation; modules include: bioethics; environmental philosophy; modern political thought; moral philosophy: key thinkers; philosophy and literature; philosophy and gender; metaphysics; Eastern philosophies; medieval classics; modern and contemporary philosophy; philosophy of history; philosophy reading module; workplace experience; mind, soul and psychology; Buddhism; issues in religion and science; issues of identity; philosophy of health; epistemology; Wittgenstein; Aesthetics.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time Day
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112
  • SQA Higher BBBB
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

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£4,410 - £5,783
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,800 - £6,000
Typical cost of private accommodation