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Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and English

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

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and English

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 BA 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.

Admission requirements


ABB including English Literature or a related subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in English Literature or a related subject


  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus B in A level English Literature or a related subject.
  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus B in A level English Literature or a related subject
  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB to include A level English Literature or a related subject

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

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

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Program content

Year 1

  • Ethics
  • Knowledge and Mind
  • Reason and Argument
  • The Act of the Essay
  • The Novel

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Existentialism and its Origins
  • Faith and Reason
  • Humanities, the Human and the Non-Human
  • Literary Transformations
  • Puzzles about Art and Literature
  • Theory & Criticism
  • World Dramas

Year 2

  • Appearance and Reality

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
  • African Worlds
  • Arthurian Worlds
  • Brief Encounters: Writing Short Stories
  • Children's Literature
  • Creative Writing after Modernism
  • Decolonising Modernity
  • Epistemology: Knowledge and Evidence
  • Ethics of Global Poverty
  • From Black and White to Colour: A Screen History of Race, Gender and Sexuality in Post-War Britain
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Images of Women
  • Introduction to Nineteenth-Century British Literature
  • Logic
  • Metaethics: Facts and Feelings in Ethics
  • Metaphysics: The Nature of Reality
  • Modernisms
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Queens, Devils and Players in Early Modern England
  • Rakes to Romantics
  • Sweatshops, Sex workers, and Asylum Seekers: World Literature and Visual Culture after Globalisation
  • The Early Modern Body
  • The Life and Afterlife of the Vikings
  • The Mind, The Brain, and Consciousness
  • Vienna and Berlin: Society, Politics and Culture from 1890 to the Present
  • Women, Writing and Modernity, 1770-1830

Year 3

  • English Dissertation
  • Philosophy Dissertation

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Advanced Aesthetics: Aesthetic Creativity
  • American dreams? Monetized bodies, terror, and trauma in American Drama
  • Animal Forms: poetry and the non-human
  • Classical Indian Philosophy
  • Eve and the Angels: Love, War, and the End of Epic in Milton's Paradise Lost
  • Fantasy Film and Fiction
  • Fiction and Fictionalism
  • German-Jewish Writing Across the Twentieth Century
  • Happiness and Wellbeing
  • Holocaust Literature
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Inventing America
  • Language and the City
  • Literatures of Islands and Oceans
  • Medicine and Modernity: The Science and Literature of Life in the C19th
  • Minorities and Migrants: Exploring Multicultural Germany
  • Nietzsche
  • Other Minds
  • Philosophy of Sex
  • Puzzles and Paradoxes
  • Revolution and Romanticism: Literature of the 1790s
  • Self-Knowledge
  • Shakespeare Then and Now
  • Utopias and Dystopias in Literature and Culture
  • Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy
  • Writing the Novel

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £19,300


  • Final award: Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons))
  • Name of Award: Philosophy and English
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Health Studies (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Health Studies (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Continuing studies

This degree is also a good foundation for further study at masters or PhD level.

Career opportunities

As a philosophy student you’ll graduate with a wide range of transferable skills such as research, critical thinking and analysis. Career skills are embedded at every stage of our courses and certain modules offer specific teaching in reasoning and communication.

Your English studies will also develop your communication skills further, such as writing in different ways for different formats and making presentations.

Our graduates have secured roles including:

  • project management
  • teaching
  • human resources (HR) coordination
  • digital marketing coordination
  • editorial assistance
  • journalism
  • data analytics

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