English and Philosophy BA

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  • Duration: 3 years full-time 
  • Award: BA

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English and Philosophy is an excellent combination that enables you to explore ideas and writing from a variety of complementary perspectives.  It will also help you develop skills of clear thinking, use of the imagination, and precise and persuasive expression.

You will usually take half of your modules in English and half in Philosophy. In your first year you will take the core English module Renaissance to Revolution. You can then take optional English modules covering theatre, film studies, and literary practice. Your exploration of English literature continues in the second and third years, from the Restoration through the rise of the novel to contemporary writing. Optional modules may focus on a single author, genre, literary movement, or theme: for example Henry James, Irish literature, the gay novel, 20th-century poetry, or Shakespeare on the screen. Dual students have the choice of the same modules as single honours English Literature students.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information about English modules

The Philosophy department offers an exciting range of modules taught by researchers who are experts in their fields. You can develop your understanding of the key areas of philosophy, such as ethics, philosophy of language, theory of knowledge, political philosophy, and logic.  We also have modules on major figures in the history of philosophy, such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Hegel.

The Philosophy side of the degree is highly flexible, with no core modules. Dual students have the choice of exactly the same modules as single honours Philosophy students

 Information about Philosophy modules

Our campus and how we use it

While some of our teaching takes place in the department, most of it is timetabled to take place in purpose-built teaching spaces across the campus (see our campus map). The campus has many amenities, and is located at the heart of the city, giving you easy access to shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Learning and Assessment

Information about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab on the University 2020 prospectus.

More information

More information on English and Philosophy BA is available on the University 2020 prospectus.

More information on studying in the Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

Our typical entry requirements are:

  • A Levels: AAB typically including an Arts and Humanities subject
  • International Baccalaureate: 34, typically with 5 in a Higher Level Arts and Humanities subject
  • Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher: AAABB + A typically including an Arts and Humanities subject
  • A Levels + Extended Project Qualification: ABB typically including an Arts and Humanities subject + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject.

We can also accept other qualifications: Other entry requirements for English and Philosophy BA 

Other qualifications

English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification. Equivalent English language qualifications

If you have a question about your qualifications, please email english.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk.

How to apply

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Disability and Support

We welcome disabled students. We're committed to responding effectively and appropriately to individual support needs. We take all practicable steps to ensure that disabled students can participate in their studies without disadvantage, and can make full use of the University's academic and support services.

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