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English and Philosophy BA (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2017 start

  • Overview

    Engage with some of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers with this wide-ranging degree, which will allow you to explore the rich heritage of literature in English while considering important questions about how we see and understand the world.

    Core modules will enable you to explore poetry, prose and drama in English across historical periods while introducing you to central issues in philosophy and how to construct arguments. You’ll also build on this knowledge by choosing from an impressive range of optional modules, allowing you to pursue the topics that interest you.

    From metaphysics to children’s literature, Nietzsche to American fiction and aesthetics to the language of the media, this degree offers a great opportunity to understand the development of human thought as well as an important form of cultural expression – and how the two can inform each other.

    Leeds has great facilities for students of philosophy. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections– valuable assets for your independent research. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

  • Course content

    A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

    You’ll spend your first year studying core modules that introduce you to key aspects of philosophy from the nature of knowledge, the self, and ethics to logical reasoning, as well as poetry, prose and drama. You’ll also have the chance to study optional modules on topics such as political philosophy and the history of scientific thought, or take discovery modules from across the University.

    Over the next two years, you’ll maintain a balance across different areas of philosophy by choosing modules from groups such as the mind and knowledge, language and logic or value philosophy. At the same time, you’ll choose from core modules exploring the literature of different historical periods. Then you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules, from Arthurian legends to the digital humanities.

    Throughout the degree, you’ll be developing high-level skills in independent research, interpretation and analysis. You’ll also have the chance to showcase all of these when you undertake your dissertation in your final year, allowing you to specialise and conduct research on a topic of your choice.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more examples of optional modules and the full course structure.

    Compulsory modules

    • Studying and Researching English 5 credits
    • How to Think Clearly and Argue Well 20 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Writing Critically OR Prose: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits
    • Poetry: Reading and Interpretation OR Drama: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits
    • The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong 20 credits
    • Knowledge, Self and Reality 20 credits
    • Great Philosophical Thinkers 20 credits

    Year 2

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Medieval Literature 20 credits
    • Eighteenth-Century Literature 20 credits
    • Literature of the Romantic Period 20 credits
    • Renaissance Literature 20 credits
    • Language, Ethnicity, and Race 20 credits
    • Folklore and Mythology 20 credits
    • Victorian Literature 20 credits
    • American Words, American Worlds, 1900-Present 20 credits
    • Formal Logic 20 credits
    • Topics in Epistemology: Theory and Evidence 20 credits
    • Topics in Epistemology: Knowledge and Justification 20 credits
    • Realism and Antirealism 20 credits
    • Introduction to Metaphysics 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Final Year Project

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Postcolonial Literature 20 credits
    • Shakespeare 20 credits
    • Arthurian Legend: Chivalry and Violence 20 credits
    • Gender, Body, Self and God: Late-Medieval Identities 20 credits
    • Public Images: The Punk Lyric and Chorus, 1976-present 20 credits
    • Schopenhauer and Nietzsche 20 credits
    • Realism and Representation in Science 20 credits
    • The Structure of Reality 20 credits
    • War, Terror and Justice 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read English and Philosophy BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    The Schools of English and Philosophy, Religion and History of Science is home to tutors who are at the forefront of research in their fields.

    To enable you to benefit from their knowledge and experience, we use a range of teaching methods. Normally these will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, but workshops may occasionally be used as well. However, independent study is central to this degree, since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis as well as giving you space to form your own ideas.

    Assessment

    We also use different types of assessment, usually a mixture of exams and essays. However, some modules may also assess you on oral presentations and group work. Support will be on hand throughout your time at Leeds – for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on exam technique, structuring an essay and public speaking.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAA including A in English excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. The Access course must include English modules. An interview and a piece of written work may be required.

    • BTEC

      We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, D3, M1 including D3 in English.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 overall with 17 at Higher Level including 6 in English at Higher Level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 including H2 in English

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AA in Advanced Highers including an A in English and AABBB in Highers, or A in English in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers.

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 85% with 85% in English.


    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be AAB at A Level including A in English (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.

    We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    Typical Access to Leeds offer: ABB including A in English (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.

    International

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: To be confirmed

    International: To be confirmed

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

    The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    A Joint Honours degree in English and Philosophy will equip you with a wide range of transferable skills that are attractive to employers across different sectors and industries.

    You’ll have strong research skills and be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources. You’ll also be able to construct effective arguments and present and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, you’ll be confident working independently or in a team, and you’ll have good organisational skills from juggling two different subjects.

    Graduates have on to succeed in a wide range of careers as a result, including publishing, law, journalism, education, advertising and marketing, the civil service and business and finance. Many others progress to postgraduate study.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a yearstudying abroad. It’s a great way to gain an insight into another culture, aswell as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.

    The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also hasexclusive exchange links with universities in Denmark, France and Spain –language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.

    Read more about Study abroad in Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

    Work placements

    Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

    Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.