English and Philosophy BA

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

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We are still accepting applications for 2018 entry

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.

In the first year, the compulsory English modules are Studying Prose and Studying Poetry. They're designed to make you rethink the study of poetry, narrative, drama, film, and literary theory.  Optional modules cover 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. Find out more about the English side of the course from the School of English website.

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 required modules. Dual students have the choice of exactly the same modules as single honours Philosophy students. Philosophy modules

More information

More information on English and Philosophy BA is available on the University 2019 prospectus. Information about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab: University 2019 prospectus.

For 2018 entry, see the University 2018 prospectus.

More information on studying in the Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements for 2019

Our typical entry requirements are:

  • A Levels: AAB typically including English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language
  • International Baccalaureate: 34 typically including 6 in Higher Level English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language
  • Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher: AAABB + A typically including English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature
  • A Levels + Extended Project Qualification: ABB + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject Evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement

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

Other requirements:

Applicants not presenting English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature may still be considered where relevant interest and experience in the literary arts (including film or media) can be demonstrated

English language requirements

International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

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

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Disability and Support

We welcome applications from disabled students and students with a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.

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