Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code QV35
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects English Literature Philosophy

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Undergraduate admissions team
School of English
Telephone +44 (0) 114 222 8480
Email english@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/english/ugc

School of English

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Course description

As a dual honours student you'll take half your modules in the School of English and half in the Department of Philosophy. The many optional modules mean you can design your degree around your individual interests.

The study of philosophy and English language literary cultures (including theatre, film and creative writing) as part of a dual degree throws you into some of the oldest debates around the very possibility of meaningful life.

They provide you with a complementary set of analytical and interpretative skills to comprehend and elucidate the literary qualities of philosophical texts (ambiguity, style, figurative language), and the philosophical debates underpinning literary texts.

They are mutually supportive subjects (and occasionally antagonistic ones), providing distinct but corresponding methodologies for the interrogation of the foundations of our understanding in and of the world: what is meaning, mind, art, truth or life?

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB typically including English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language*
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 required
International Baccalaureate 34, typically including 6 in Higher Level English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language*
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 typically including English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature*
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + A typically including English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AA typically including English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature*
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • *Applicants without English Literature or English Language may be considered where relevant interest and experience in the subject can be demonstrated
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 18%
Independent study 82%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 37%
Coursework 61%
Practical 2%

School of English

Jessop West

Our staff are researchers, critics, writers and practitioners. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired. Two members of the department, Professor Brendan Stone and Dr Duco van Oostrum, are National Teaching Fellows. Many others have received awards for their teaching, as well as for their research and creative practice.

We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate. You will have regular timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. But it doesn't stop there. We organise extra lectures, reading groups and study sessions. All our modules are supported by online resources - many of our students work on blogs and discussion boards each week.

We're famous for our pioneering work with communities and we encourage all our students to get involved. This could mean helping people find a voice through our Storying Sheffield project or working on Lyric, our annual city-wide festival of music and words.

School of English website

Department of Philosophy

We pride ourselves on our research-led teaching; our staff are among the best in the world at what they do. They're active researchers so your lectures and seminars are informed, relevant and exciting. We'll teach you how to think carefully, analytically and creatively.

The department is a community. We share a belief that our subject is relevant, even vital, to people outside the university. We run sessions on careers, so you're clear how your degree can make you an asset to an employer. Through projects like Philosophy in the City, you'll use what you learn to make a difference in the community.

And we look after each other. You'll get a personal adviser, a member of staff to guide you through your time here. You also have the option of a Philosophy Mentor, a second or third year student to support you during your first year.

Department of Philosophy website


What our graduates do

Our graduates go into a wide range of careers. Teaching is a popular option for those who want to make direct use of their subject knowledge. Others apply the transferable skills they have acquired in many different sectors. Their job titles include Radio Presenter, Charity Administrator, Retail Management Trainee, Copywriter, Language Assistant, Marketing Officer, TV Researcher, Parliamentary Researcher, Press Assistant, Learning Disabilities Key Worker, Informatics Assistant, Recruitment Consultant, Assistant Brand Manager, Audit Associate, HR Assistant, Assistant Export Administrator, Public Relations Account Executive, and Pastoral Support Worker.

Some graduates stay on for postgraduate study. Approximately half of students taking a masters course choose to study aspects of English in greater depth. Other choices for further study include journalism, law conversion courses, human resources and other types of management.

Student profile


"I've always been pretty interested in language innovation and language use, and the degree can be related to the outside world. So we focus on, say, how texting and social media affect language."

Lewis Clarke
English



"Sheffield's fantastic because the lectures are really friendly and they're all really approachable, and there are loads of different ways to get involved apart from your lectures.""

Emma Shepherd
Philosophy

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