3 years full-time
Combining English and Philosophy offers you one of the most wide-ranging and stimulating degree courses. Encompassing almost every aspect of human thought and culture, this course will expose you to an array of ideas and ways of thinking about the world.
Choosing to study a joint degree in English/Philosophy was the best choice I could have made. I get the very best of both worlds, with an amazing range of both literary and philosophical texts and topics in my first year alone. I particularly love the ability to transfer skills and insights between subjects. Studying English and Philosophy together is daring, rewarding, and life-changing.TIM
BA ENGLISH/PHILOSOPHY STUDENT
You'll equally split your time between English and Philosophy in your first year, but you'll be free to weight your degree more towards one subject or the other in your second and third years. You'll learn about literature and philosophy from the classical world to the modern world, and from a distinctly international perspective.
We'll introduce you to several modules focusing on different sources and critical approaches.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
You'll choose and combine several English modules from:
In Philosophy, you'll choose modules from four different pathways:
You'll tie the two subjects together with a Bridge Module on Philosophy and Literature.
You'll also be able to weight your studies toward one subject or the other this year.
You may also take a foreign literature module this year.
There are a number of Study Abroad options at York. Here are some of the many opportunities you'll find here at the University:
The Department of English and Related Literature is second overall in the UK for research performance and 96 percent of activity in the Department of Philosophy is judged as internationally recognised. (REF 2014)
We emphasize small-group teaching, which means you'll mainly be taught in seminars of 12-15 people. You'll also take part in workshops, attend lectures, and consult staff on a one-to-one basis. You can expect around eight hours of contact time a week – and sometimes more.
You'll mainly be assessed through your written work. Writing tasks range from short exercises to more detailed essays on a topic of your choice.
The English part of my degree help me develop the skill of being able to absorb and analyse large amounts of information at short notice which is a daily demand in the world of law.Penny Darragh Solicitor, Dickinson Dees LLP
Studying these two subjects together will broaden your range of skills and your job prospects. Many will go on to related careers, but the skill sets you'll gain are necessary for any career.
[The] English and Philosophy course is very well structured, allowing for the enhancement of creative and original thought within both subjects through its interdisciplinary approach. Few universities permit the academic freedom of writing on Gustave Flaubert’s works in light of Jean-Paul Sartre’s account of the imagination!Alex BA English/Philosophy student
All applications must be made through UCAS.
Normally, we'll only interview mature candidates and those with special circumstances and/or qualifications. Interviews will usually be a half-hour conversation about your literary interests. We’ll also ask you to bring along some of your recent essays.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
D3, D3, M2, including D3 in English.
Access to HE
35 points, with 6 in Higher level English.
Irish Leaving Certificate
AAAABB, including A1 in English.
80 overall, with 85 in English.
Our English language requirements for international applicants can be found on our Entry Requirements page.