English Literature and Philosophy

Course Introduction

From the Ancient Greeks and Romantic poets to contemporary writers, philosophy and literature frequently overlap. Philosophers often develop their ideas through literary methods, and literary writers often explore serious philosophical concepts. This course in English Literature and Philosophy will allow you to consider the important and universal questions common to both subjects and reach a deeper understanding of yourself and your intellectual and cultural landscape.

You will learn to think logically and express yourself clearly, to sympathetically analyse a wide range of viewpoints across contexts and to read texts critically and creatively. As a result, you will develop the skills to become a careful and analytical reader, a rigorous and independent researcher, and a clear and creative and writer.

Each year, you will take one compulsory module which provides clear connections between literature and philosophy. In your first year, you will receive an introduction to philosophical and literary methods, an introduction to key concepts in both disciplines, and the opportunity to apply these to contemporary works of literature and film. In the second and third year, you will develop a more detailed understanding of the relationship between the two subjects, as well as being able to choose options from both the English Literature and Philosophy degree programmes, tailoring your degree to your own interests. Both subject areas specialise in the history of literature and philosophy, and in contemporary issues including feminism, gender, politics, and environmentalism.

You will graduate with highly employable skills, able to read and analyse difficult texts, write effectively and persuasively and be able to work in a team. You will benefit from being taught by staff with diverse research areas, who apply their research directly to their teaching. You will receive face-to-face teaching through seminars and lectures, and you will participate in online forums as part of your assessment.

Course Modules

Year 1

Classical Philosophy

Constructing the Classics

Discovering Literature

London in Literature

Philosophy, Film and Literature

Practical Ethics

Year 2

Aesthetics

Literature and Philosophy

Students must choose 40 credits from the below Philosophy modules

Continental Philosophy I

History of Political Philosophy

Meta-ethics

Metaphysics

Professional Practice and Placement

Philosophy Text Tutorial Study

Rationalism and Empiricism

Students must choose 40 credits from the below Literature modules

Literature and Media

Literature, Gender and Sexuality

The Literary Renaissance

The Romantic Period

Victorian Literature

Writing Multicultural Britain

Year 3

English Literature and Philosophy Dissertation

Students must choose 40 credits from the below Philosophy modules

Animals and Environment: Past to Present

Contemporary Political Philosophy

Continental Philosophy II

Love, Sex, Death and God*

Marx and Critical Theory

Research in the History of Philosophy

Students must choose 40 credits from the below Literature modules

Contemporary Literature: Dystopias

Diaspora Voices

Early Modern Gender

Literature on Screen

Shakespeare: Stage and Page

Victorian Literature and Culture

Start Date

09/2021

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £13,145 Overseas Fees

Qualifications Required

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.0 -- with a minimum of 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL (iBT): 80.0 -- with the following minimum scores:
  • Reading: 18
  • Writing: 17
  • Listening: 17
  • Speaking: 20
  • PTE Academic: 51.0 -- with no less than 51 in any band
  • Cambridge English Advanced: C -- grade C in tests prior to 2015 with no less than 'weak' in any band