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English Literature/Philosophy

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

Program description

English Literature/Philosophy

In this thought-provoking degree, you can combine your love of English Literature with your passion for exploring some of the fundamental questions of existence.

How should we live our lives? What should we believe? How should we set about trying to answer these questions? How are we even able to think about them? Philosophy investigates these profound issues.

As the world’s oldest academic discipline, Philosophy has developed an impressive range of concepts and techniques for addressing complicated problems. We equip you to analyse and construct complex chains of reasoning for yourself, developing and refining your thinking skills to consider the global philosophical puzzles of our time.

In English literature, we offer access to the complete chronological span, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century. Our curriculum is far from restricted to the printed word – we are intrigued by the connections between literature and film, art, music, history, language, and popular culture, and our teaching reflects this dynamic crossover. This allows you to shape your degree to suit, choosing a traditional path of multiple periods and genres or a more dynamic mix combining literary study with analysis of other cultural forms.

We offer a challenging and flexible programme of modules, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent staff-student relationships. Experts in their fields, our lecturers are all active researchers, sharing latest thinking in the classroom including their own cutting-edge research. Our stimulating Cardiff Book Talk, Cardiff Poetry Experiment, Philosophy Café and annual Festival of Philosophy offer more opportunities to explore contemporary themes and global issues with the wider public.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB-BBB including English Literature, English Literature and Language or Creative Writing. Please note, General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ 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.

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

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Program content

  • Critical Reading and Critical Writing
  • Mind, Thought and Reality
  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Critical Thinking
  • Drama: Stage and Page
  • Star-cross'd Lovers: the Politics of Desire
  • Transforming Visions: Text and Image
  • Transgressive Bodies in Medieval Literature
  • Ways of Reading
  • Style and Genre
  • The Robin Hood Tradition
  • Modernist Fictions
  • Children's Literature: Form and Function
  • Introduction to Romantic Poetry
  • African-American Literature 
  • Modernism and the City
  • Gothic Fiction: The Romantic Age
  • Social Politics and National Style: American Fiction and Form, 1920-1940
  • Literature and Science
  • Dickens in Many Media
  • Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Women Writers
  • Shakespeare's Tragedies and Histories
  • Contemporary Poetry: Tradition and Innovation
  • Girls
  • Object Women in Literature and Film
  • Renaissance Poetry, Prose and Drama: The Principal Genres, Issues and Authors
  • Decadent Men, 1890s-1910s: Wilde to Forster
  • Chaucer's Gender Politics: Chivalry, Sex and Subversion in the Canterbury Tales
  • Contemporary British Fictions
  • Experimental Early Modern Drama
  • Writing Mourning
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Jane Austen in Context
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Metaphysics
  • French Existentialism 
  • Modern Moral Philosophy
  • Contemporary Ethical Theory
  • Epistemology 
  • Credoau'r Cymry
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Feminism
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Damcaniaethu a Dadfeilio’r Gymdeithas Gyfalafol
  • Aesthetics
  • ENCAP Employability Module
  • The Graphic Memoir
  • Fictive Histories/Historical Fictions
  • Dissertation
  • Hitchcock
  • Modern Drama: Page, Stage, Screen 
  • Gender and Monstrosity: Late/Neo Victorian
  • Utopia: Suffrage to Cyberpunk
  • Second-generation Romantic Poets
  • Bluestockings, Britannia, Unsexed Females: Women in Public Life, 1770-1800
  • Gothic Fiction: The Victorians
  • Poetry in the Making: Modern Literary Manuscripts
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Visions of Past and Future in Children's Literature
  • Island Stories: Literatures of the North Atlantic
  • Medieval Romance: Monsters and Magic
  • John Milton
  • The American Short Story
  • Apocalypse Then and Now
  • Criminal Shakespeare 
  • Scandal and Outrage: Controversial Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
  • Representing Race in Contemporary America
  • Love, Death and Marriage in Renaissance Drama
  • Visuality, Culture and Technology
  • Metaethics
  • Moral Psychology
  • 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
  • Athroniaeth Crefydd
  • Belief & Irrationality 
  • Desires, Emotions and Happiness
  • Ethics of Knowing
  • Beauty & Ethics
  • Moral Responsibility
  • International Study Abroad (60 credits) Autumn

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK and EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £17,700


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 opportunities

Taking the Class of 2017 as our most recent example, graduates from the School have gone on to roles in education, marketing, publishing, public relations, the civil service, the military, banking and insurance, and the charity sector.

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Cardiff University

Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...

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