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English Language/Philosophy

Cardiff University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
September 2022

About this program

English Language/Philosophy

The joint honours degree in English language and philosophy provides you with the opportunity to specialise in two subjects. Many students find this stimulating and rewarding as they are able to observe both similarities and differences between the two subjects.

English Language at Cardiff has a distinctive character. As would be expected of any good course, you will be provided with a rigorous grounding in the analysis of the language.

You will learn such essential linguistic tools as phonetics, grammar and discourse analysis from those who are helping develop those fields. Since we take a broad approach to language, you will also learn how to analyse the types of multimodal texts (for example combining word, image and sound) that predominate in contemporary media.

Language analysis, though, is just the starting point. What makes Cardiff special is our focus on the intersection of language with culture, society, politics and mind.

Philosophy at Cardiff is distinctive for its strong emphasis on ethics, politics, and philosophy of mind and its equal attention to ‘analytic’ and ‘continental’ styles of Western philosophy.

As a joint honours student, you will find that often there are complementary issues and perspectives that link subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research.

We offer a challenging course of modules in each subject, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent staff-student relationships.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer


Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

English language requirements


Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.


At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits. III: at least a Pass in all components.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

  • How Language Works 1
  • How Language Works 2
  • Mind, Thought and Reality
  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Critical Thinking

Year two

Core modules

  • Sound, Structure and Meaning

Optional modules

  • Children, Language and Communication
  • Research Methods
  • Sounds of Speech
  • Discourse
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Words and Meaning
  • Language and Gender
  • Style and Genre
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Contemporary Politics
  • French Existentialism
  • Modern Moral Philosophy
  • Contemporary Ethical Theory
  • Epistemology
  • Credoau'r Cymry
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • What to Believe in the Age of the Internet
  • Philosophy of Feminism
  • Damcaniaethu a Dadfeilio'r Gymdeithas Gyfalafol
  • Aesthetics
  • The Varieties of Experience
  • International Study Abroad (60 credits) Spring

Year three

Optional modules

  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Language Learning and Teaching
  • Communicating in Relationships
  • Communication Disorders
  • Dissertation in Language and Communication 1
  • Dissertation in Language and Communication 2
  • Extended Dissertation
  • Patterns of Language
  • Media Discourse
  • The Graphic Memoir
  • Persuasion in the Legal Process
  • Experimental Approaches to Psycholinguistics
  • Language and Popular Culture
  • The Problem of Consciousness
  • Dissertation in Philosophy
  • Cyfiawnder Byd-eang
  • Hanes Athroniaeth yr 20fed Ganrif yng Nghymru
  • Cognition and Technology
  • Animal Minds
  • The Social Imagination
  • Modern German Philosophy
  • Ethics of Knowing
  • Beauty & Ethics
  • Moral Responsibility
  • A Sense of the Possible
  • Ethics of the Social World
  • Nietzsche & the Pessimistic Tradition
  • International Study Abroad (60 credits) Autumn

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


Tuition fees for UK and Ireland Students

  • Year one £9,000
  • Year two £9,000
  • Year three £9,000

Tuition fees for International Students

  • Year one £19,200
  • Year two £19,200
  • Year three £19,200

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:

  • Grasp complex issues with confidence
  • Ask the right questions of complex texts
  • Have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • Identify and apply relevant data
  • Propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • Communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • Work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • Learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
  • Work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • Use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate
  • Take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development

Career paths

In 2015/16, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Degrees in English Language combine the best of humanities skills (flexibility, communication, critique) and social science skills (technical analysis and systematic method). Common destinations include primary and secondary school teaching, teaching English as a foreign language, (digital) journalism, marketing and public relations, sales and advertising, the civil service and public administration.

Philosophy graduates are known for their incisive analytical skills and their ability to construct and communicate clear arguments. Studying philosophy develops your abilities to identify the reasons for people’s claims, to find the assumptions lying behind those reasons, to critically assess both and to communicate all of this clearly and effectively.

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