3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)
AAB (full entry requirements)
September 2018 (term dates)
£9,250 per year (2018/19)
£16,620 per year (2018/19)
Combining English and Philosophy offers you one of the most wide-ranging and stimulating degrees.
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. Staff in both departments at York are world-renowned for their research, which covers every period, every major literary and philosophical genre, and all areas of the world.
You can discover more about the Department of English and Related Literature’s exciting degree programmes by watching our video.
Every day is a new intellectual adventure – find out what it’s like to study Philosophy at York.
The Department of English and Related Literature is ranked second overall in the UK for research performance and 96% of research activity in the Department of Philosophy is judged as internationally recognised (REF 2014).
Both departments are part of our Faculty of Arts and Humanities, which is ranked 42nd in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
You'll benefit from our interdisciplinary research and teaching with critical thinking and transferable skills.
“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
Our English/Philosophy degree has a distinctly international perspective. You’ll cover an exciting range of literary and philosophical topics, from the classical era to the modern world.
All combined course students take 120 credits each year, adding up to 360 credits across the course of your degree. In first and second year, you will split your studies equally between the English and Philosophy components of your degree. In your third year, it’s possible to vary the balance and devote more time to either subject, depending on your intellectual interests.
We are proud of our international outlook. If you’re also interested in studying abroad, there are a number of Study Abroad options for English and Philosophy students at York, in Europe, North America, and further afield.
In the first year of your degree, we’ll introduce you to the undergraduate study of English and Philosophy. Our modules will give you the skills you need to start doing literary and philosophical research, and advice on how to combine the two disciplines.
As an English/Philosophy student, you will take the following three modules in English, which are worth 20 credits each. These modules are designed to lay the foundation of literary study for your whole degree.
In addition, you will be introduced to strategies for developing essay-writing skills, engaging with criticism and critical theory, and revising work to improve its fluency and persuasiveness, as part of the English Department’s innovative Writing at York provision.
You will also take a further 60 credits in Philosophy:
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module 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:
In the second year of your degree, you’ll choose from a range of intermediate modules across the English and Philosophy departments, taking 60 credits in each subject.
You will choose from the same English options as our single subject students. These include our World Literature offerings, our Topic Modules, and Critical Practice, as well as our Intermediate Option Modules:
In Philosophy, you will choose from a range of Key Ideas modules, looking in more depth at topics in Theoretical Philosophy (eg Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science); Value (eg History of Ethics, Philosophy of Art, Religious Ethics); and the History of Philosophy (eg Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche). Modules may change from year to year, but all will help you to develop the knowledge, understanding, and skills that you’ll use in more specialised investigations in your third year.
In the third year of your degree, you will choose from our Advanced Option Modules in English and a wide range of specialised Philosophy modules based on our latest research, enabling you to tailor your degree to your particular interests.
In addition, you will take Philosophy and Literature, a module designed specifically for this degree pathway and taught by a member of staff from each department. One of the distinctive features of the English/Philosophy degree at York, this advanced module is the cornerstone of your combined course programme; it will provide you with a range of critical and analytical skills, and will highlight the possibilities offered by studying two disciplines.
In your third year, you may weight your degree towards one subject or the other (up to a 70/50 credit split, including the required bridge module, which counts for 10 credits on each side of the degree).
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
You'll need copies of the texts set for each module. Where possible, the Department works to arrange digital copies via the University Library. Where this is not practical, you'll be instructed in advance of the start of each term about the texts and editions you'll need to purchase (whether new or second-hand).
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.
For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.
We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.
The Department of English and Related Literature offers an Annual Overseas Bursary of £1,000.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.
“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”
The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018
Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
In English, you’ll learn through a programme of seminars, lectures, workshops, and one-to-one consultations. We emphasize small-group teaching, which means you’ll mainly be taught in seminars.
Teaching in Philosophy takes much the same form. The department prides itself on having smaller seminar groups than some other universities, and staff strongly encourage one-to-one conversations in open office hours.
York’s English and Philosophy degree is renowned for its flexible and innovative approach.
As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Lectures and seminars||180 hours||180 hours||144 hours|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.
Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.
You will be based in the Department of English and Related Literature and the Department of Philosophy on Campus West.
Most teaching will be nearby in Derwent College, the Spring Lane Teaching Building and other Campus West locations.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
The Department of English and Related Literature employs a variety of assessment methods, including group presentations and closed exams, but with a strong emphasis on essay writing. Your main mode of assessment will be essays, which will range from short exploratory exercises to more detailed discussions on a topic of your choice. We offer high levels of feedback and ample opportunities for you to meet with staff to discuss your written work.
Your work in Philosophy is assessed by a more or less equal mix of essays and exams – the exact blend of assessment depends on the modules you choose. In the first year, some work is assessed by online tests and poster presentation.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
[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
Studying English and Philosophy at York will provide you with numerous career possibilities. You’ll learn presentation, language, and critical thinking skills during your combined degree, and gain expertise in complex analysis and research. These skills suit a range of careers, from law and teaching to national and local government and the creative industries.
The English part of my degree helped 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
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||36 credits from units awarded Distinction. 9 credits from units awarded Merit or higher.|
|Cambridge Pre-U||D3, D3, M2, including D3 in English.|
|European Baccalaureate||80 overall, with 85 in English.|
|International Baccalaureate||35 points, with 6 in Higher level English.|
|Irish leaving Certificate||H1 (English) H2, H2, H2, H2, H3|
|Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers||AAAAB at Higher level.
AA at Advanced Higher level, including an A in English.
Our English language requirements for international applicants can be found on our Entry Requirements page.
To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
We look for intellectual and literary curiosity, open-mindedness, and analytical ability.
Normally, only mature candidates and those with special circumstances and/or qualifications will have an interview. Interviews will usually be a half-hour conversation about your interests. We’ll also ask you to bring along some of your recent essays.
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