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Philosophy and English (BA)

Bachelor of Arts
Typical offer
AAB-ABBView full entry requirements
Length of course
3 years, starts September 2020
Course type
UCAS course code

About this course

Philosophy and English literature have between them tackled some of the biggest questions of our age: Is there a god? What is morality? What does it mean to be human? On this joint honours course you’ll examine these and other fundamental concepts from 2 complementary angles, enriching your understanding and appreciation of each discipline in the process.

This degree will give you an excellent education in literature, theory and critical thinking.

In your degree you can:

  • learn about philosophical questions such as ethics, reason and responsibility

  • explore philosophy and literature through diverse times and places, from Viking to Victorian eras, from Eastern to African settings

  • study themes like the Islamic Golden Age, classical Indian philosophy, and holocaust literature

  • study abroad at one of our partner institutions

  • explore contested narratives, for example, race and culture in American literature

You’ll be taught in small groups in a relaxed and friendly environment, and benefit from the expertise of academic staff whose research feeds directly into the course content.

Compulsory modules provide a strong grounding in philosophical and critical thought, while optional modules give you the freedom to pursue your own interests in subjects as varied as scriptwriting, short stories and Islamic philosophy. You can take modules from other disciplines such as anthropology or psychology, studying a language, or choosing from a range of cross-disciplinary modules.

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 333.73 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Avenue campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.