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English Literature/Philosophy

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

About this program

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. Must include Creative Writing, English Language and Literature, or English Literature.

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

  • Critical Reading and Critical Writing
  • Mind, Thought and Reality
  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Critical Thinking

Year two

Optional modules

  • Style and Genre
  • Medieval Arthurian Literature
  • Modernist Fictions
  • Children's Literature: Form and Function
  • Introduction to Romantic Poetry
  • African-American Literature
  • Imaginary Journeys: More to Huxley
  • Modernism and the City
  • Gothic Fiction: The Romantic Age
  • Dickens in Many Media
  • Object Women in Literature and Film
  • Renaissance Poetry, Prose and Drama: The Principal Genres, Issues and Authors
  • Second-generation Romantic Poets
  • Gothic Fiction: The Victorians
  • Scandal and Outrage: Controversial Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
  • Contemporary British Fictions
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Victorian Realism(s)
  • Shakespeare’s Worlds
  • 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

  • The Graphic Memoir
  • The Illustrated Book
  • Literature and Science
  • Decadent Men, 1890s-1910s: Wilde to Forster
  • Dissertation
  • Modern Drama: Page, Stage, Screen
  • Utopia: Suffrage to Cyberpunk
  • Poetry in the Making: Modern Literary Manuscripts
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Medieval Romance: Monsters and Magic
  • American Poetry after Modernism
  • The American Short Story
  • Apocalypse Then and Now
  • Representing Race in Contemporary America
  • Experimental Early Modern Drama
  • Visuality, Culture and Technology
  • Activist Poetry: Protest, Dissent, Resistance
  • Contemporary British Political Drama
  • Visions of the Future: Climate Change & Fiction
  • Encounters With Oil in Literature and Film
  • Romantic Circles: Collaboration, Radicalism and Creativity 1770–1830
  • Medieval Misfits
  • 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

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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