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QV35 BA Philosophy and English (3 yrs)

An English and Philosophy degree at Southampton provides you with an excellent education in literature, theory and critical thinking. There are opportunities for field research, creative writing, as well as work experience in local schools. We are committed to providing a rich, rigorous, and above all enjoyable experience ensuring that you graduate as a confident, curious and independent self-starter equipped with the skills for a successful career.

Introducing your degree

Literary texts -- poems, novels, plays, essays and films – offer fascinating ways of exploring the big questions of life and meaning that the great philosophers focus upon in their Socratic dialogues, essays and treatises. Problems of mind and consciousness, of ethics and politics, of the existence of God, and what we can know -- all are tackled in their different ways by English literature and Philosophy.
Bringing the English and Philosophy together allows you to come at such fundamental questions from different angles and so achieve richer and fuller understandings. This degree gives you analytical, communication and imaginative skills that are sought by employers in business, media and journalism, government and policy making, service and heritage industries, and a range of other fields.

Overview

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Programme Structure

Over each year, you must take eight modules, or the equivalent, including at least three modules in each subject. You take four modules each semester.

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers our students the chance to take optional modules outside their core disciplines.  This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future.

In your final year you will consolidate your knowledge and skills as a philosopher and researcher in literary studies by completing a dissertation on a topic of your choice in either of your main subjects.

For further details, see the full course map under ‘Modules’.

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Key Facts

BA Philosophy and English at Southampton scored 100% for the teaching quality and overall satisfaction of their course in the 2014 National Student Survey

Both disciplines offer a wide range of options, including ground breaking work in aesthetics, continental philosophy, moral philosophy, international writing, film studies and creative writing

Worldwide study opportunities in Europe, Asia and the Americas

A close association with Chawton House Library and Study Centre - housing an extensive collection of women's writing

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You can take this programme with a year abroad at one of our 173 partner institutions in over 24 countries – use code QV36 when you apply through UCAS.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB to ABB including an A Grade in English Literature, English Language and Literature, or English Language*.

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.

*Whilst an A in English at A Level is usual, we also seriously consider candidates who perform strongly in other essay-based Humanities subjects. We may interview students without a Literature component in their A levels, due to the literary emphasis of our degree programmes. 

We accept all A levels except General Studies.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 or 32 points, 17 or 16 at higher level, including 6 in higher level English*  
International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in Reading and Writing, 6.5 in Listening and Speaking.

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Contextual Offers

Humanities supports contextual admission.  A typical offer for an applicant qualifying as contextual is BBB from 3 A levels including English* or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process:
Intake:
75
Average applications per place:
6

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

Over each year, you must take eight modules, or the equivalent, including at least three modules in each subject. You take four modules each semester.

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

View the language modules on offer for this course

Year 1

Semester One

ENGLISH: Students must take a minimum of one module in semester one, normally the double module ENGL1007 Narrative and Culture, and one compulsory double module in semester two. However, those wishing to take an alternative subject may replace Narrative and Culture with ENGL1004 Poetic Language OR ENGL1085 Multimedia Old English, plus their chosen 15-credit alternative module in semester 1.

Compulsory
PHIL1005/1023
Ethics
PHIL1016
Reason and Argument
Optional
ENGL1004
Poetic Language
ENGL1007
Narrative and Culture
ENGL1085
Multimedia Old English: Song, Skin and Cyberspace
PHIL1006
Introduction to Political Philosophy
PHIL1020
Faith and reason
PHIL1021
Existentialism and its Origins
Semester Two

Philosophy: Students may replace one optional single philosophy module with a single module in an alternative subject in semester 2

Compulsory
ENGL1003
Critical Theory
PHIL1002/1024
Knowledge and Mind
Optional
PHIL1003
Introduction to Early Greek Philosophy
PHIL1019
Puzzles about art and literature
PHIL1026
Applied Ethics
PHIL1027
Freedom and Responsibility

Year 2

ENGLISH:  Students normally choose either one double OR two single English modules:

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15-credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject. One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English, the other the equivalent credits in Philosophy.

Semester Two

English: Students normally choose either one double OR two single English modules

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15-credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject. One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English, the other the equivalent credits in Philosophy.

Optional
ENGL2010
Postcolonial Texts and Contexts
ENGL2011
Women, Writing and Modernity, 1770-1820
ENGL2013
Writing Rural England
ENGL2061
19th Century Novel
ENGL2063
Problems in Shakespeare: Text, Print and Performance
ENGL2074
Change and the English Countryside in the 19th Century
ENGL2075
Brief Encounters: Writing Short Stories
ENGL2076
Creative Writing after Modernism
ENGL2078
Scriptwriting
ENGL2088
British Culture in the 1980s’
ENGL2089
Poems, Books and Anthologies
ENGL2093
Contemporary Fiction and Visual Culture
ENGL2094
Victorian Feelings
ENGL2095
Patriots and Cosmopolitans: African modes of belonging
ENGL2096
Making New York Modern
PHIL2012
Moral Philosophy
PHIL2014
Logic
PHIL2021
Epistemology
PHIL2027
Kant
PHIL2032
Metaphysics
PHIL2034
Philosophy of Science
PHIL2036
Continental Philosophy

Year 3

Students will undertake either ENGL3016 or PHIL3013 dissertation module in their final year.

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15-credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject. One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English, the other the equivalent credits in Philosophy.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing-for-students.page Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. £0.05-1.00

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT - Storage Data: Computer discs or USB drives - Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT - Software licenses: All software is provided.
EquipmentIT - Hardware: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
FieldworkPlacements: Students on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses, travel costs and visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme.
PlacementsStudents on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Students developing teaching skills
Students developing teaching skills

Studying English and Philosophy at Southampton will help you acquire high-level critical thinking and communication skills that are essential to navigate your career. Our English and Philosophy graduates have progressed to careers in journalism, publishing, financial services, management and administration, teaching, the media, law, creative writing, and many other areas. The 2013 Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) survey found that 92% of our English and Philosophy graduates were in work or study six months after finishing their degree.

You will be developing and practising the skills required for a successful career from day one of the course. Over three years you will learn to

• write in different ways and for different formats
• think critically and express yourself clearly
• argue your case
• make interesting and confident presentations
• work effectively both on your own and in groups
• identify and research areas that you think are important

These are all skills that are valued not just by us but by employers. As a student rep you might also take an active role in the governance of the department, of a student society, or of the Students' Union. English and Philosophy also offers some opportunities for direct work experience.

• Find out more on our English and Philosophy Careers and Employability pages

• Learn about the experience gained by our graduates during their time with us on the Alumni pages on our English and Philosophy websites

• Read interesting employability facts about our English and Philosophy degrees on our Employability Facts and Figures pages on the English and Philosophy websites

Jason Cowley, a graduate of English and Philosophy at Southampton, went on to become Editor of the New Statesman. “Studying English and Philosophy was a rewarding experience,” he said. “You are taught to argue and reason rationally and never quite forget what you read and what you thought back then.”

Learning & Assessment

Combining pleasure with learning
Combining pleasure with learning

An English and Philosophy degree at Southampton provides you with an excellent education in literature, theory and critical thinking. There are opportunities for field research, creative writing, as well as work experience in local schools. We are committed to providing a rich, rigorous, and above all enjoyable experience ensuring that you graduate as a confident, curious and independent self-starter equipped with the skills for a successful career.

Our teaching draws upon the cutting-edge research of Southampton's academics, all of whom are actively engaged in presenting and publishing their work in English and Philosophy to international audiences.

We place special emphasis on small group teaching.  Alongside lectures, you will participate from your first year of study in tutorials and seminars in which you will explore and develop your own ideas in discussion with fellow students and staff.

You will be assessed by more than just essays and exams.  Depending on the modules you choose, you will work in teams, give presentations, submit group projects, develop websites, and manage larger research projects such as dissertations.

Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor, a leading academic who provides help and support at every stage of study.

We also offer talks by visiting speakers from international universities and by successful professionals, internships and writing workshops at the nationally-renowned Nuffield Theatre, placements in schools and colleges as part of your degree and specialist online learning resources supporting every module.

Throughout the degree, we impart advanced skills in reasoning, research, communication, and analysis, skills which, alongside the support offered by the University's career service, will prepare you for further study or a future career.

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