Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code QV35
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects English Literature Film studies Philosophy

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Undergraduate admissions team
School of English
Telephone +44 (0) 114 222 0236
Email english.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/english/undergraduate

School of English

1st for research environment
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

The joint study of philosophy and English literary cultures (including poetry, prose, theatre, film and creative writing) will throw you into some of the oldest debates around the very possibility of meaningful life. You'll also explore and tackle some of the real-world issues facing our society today, such as global justice, inequality and climate change.

As a dual honours student, you'll divide your studies between the School of English and the Department of Philosophy. Choice and flexibility are at the heart of our teaching, which means you can pursue and develop your own interests. At every level, there is a wide variety of modules to choose from. You will be taught by world-leading experts from both departments.

You'll be required to take a minimum number of credits within both departments each year, but how you choose to divide your modules after this is up to you: split your modules evenly between English and philosophy, or choose to weight your degree in favour of one subject or the other.

In English, you'll study literature from the medieval to the present day, with the chance to explore areas as diverse as animal studies, the history of the Gothic, American literature and the analysis of film. In philosophy, you'll study the essential cornerstones of the subject (including philosophy of language, ethics, metaphysics and logic) alongside distinctive specialist modules on topics like philosophy of education, philosophy of law, philosophy of medicine, film and philosophy, and feminism. You'll also study the history of the subject from Plato to the French existentialists.

Both departments offer an extensive range of optional modules, which means you can focus on the areas that interest and inspire you the most.

Research is central to the student experience here in Sheffield. All our teaching is informed by the latest findings, and all our students have the opportunity to carry out their own research project as part of their degree. Outside of your degree, there are many opportunities to develop your interests, insights and critical faculties. Opportunities include student-led reading groups, multiple theatre and performance societies, and our award-winning student-led volunteering project, Philosophy in the City, which introduces school children to philosophical ideas they can apply to everyday 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 an arts and humanities subject
A Levels + additional qualifications ABB, typically including an arts and humanities subject + B in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate 34, typically with 5 in a Higher Level arts and humanities subject
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + B, typically including an Arts and Humanities subject
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA, typically including an arts and humanities subject
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • General Studies is accepted
  • 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 4/C; 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
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on School of English website

Course information on Department of Philosophy website

First year

Core modules:

Renaissance to Revolution

Optional modules:

Contemporary Literature
Early Englishes
Foundations in Literary Study: Biblical and Classical Sources in English Literature
History of English
Introduction to Cinema
Introduction to Creative Writing
Matters of Life and Death
Mind, Brain and Personal Identity
Practical Stylistics
Reviewing Theatre: the Art of the Critic
Self and Society
Shakespeare
Studying Theatre: A History of Dramatic Texts in Performance
Writing Philosophy
Death
Elementary Logic
History of Ethics
Knowledge, Justification and Doubt
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Sex
Reason and Argument

Second year

Optional modules:

Literature and Critical Thought (a)
Romanticism to Modernism (a)
Creative Writing Poetry 2
Creative Writing Prose Fiction 2
Crime Writing: from the fin de siècle to the Golden Age
Ethics: Theoretical and Practical
Exiles and Monsters: An Introduction to Old English
Feminism
Formal Logic
Good Books: Intertextual Approaches to Literature and the Bible
Irish Fiction
John Donne
Literature and Critical Thought (b)
Literature, Ecology, Capital
Metaphysics
New Realisms: Contemporary British Cinema
Philosophy of Education
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of the Arts
Political Philosophy
Radical Theory
Reference and Truth
Religion and the Good Life
Representing the Holocaust
Road Journeys in American Culture: 1930-2000
Romanticism to Modernism (b)
Satire and Print in the Eighteenth Century
Shakespeare on Film
The History of Persuasion
The Novella and the Uncanny
The Rationalists
Theory of Knowledge
Writing the Real

Third year

Optional modules:

Afro-American Literature 1: Beginnings to the Harlem Renaissance
America and the Avant-Garde, 1950's-1990's
Ancient Chinese Philosophy
Contemporary Black British Writing
Contemporary Literature
Creating Worlds in Performance and Literature
Creative Writing Poetry 3
Crime and Transgression in Romantic Literature
Dissertation
Feminism
Fin de siècle Gothic
Free Will & Religion
Global Justice
Historical Pragmatics
Identity/ Crisis: Trauma, Narrative, Self
Imagining the North
Language, Speakers and the World
Metaphysics
Modern Literature
Moral Theory and Moral Psychology
No Animals were Harmed in the Making of this Module: Animals in Film
Pain, Pleasure, and Emotions
Phenomenology
Philosophical Project 1
Philosophical Project 2
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Psychology
Plato's Symposium
Romantic and Victorian Poetry
Romantic and Victorian Prose
Sex and Decadence in Restoration Theatre
Sources of Normativity
The Brontës
The Political Philosophy of Climate Change
Utopia, Reform and Democracy
War on Screen
Women Playwrights on the International Stage: 1880s-1930s
Writing Fiction 3

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.

School of English

Jessop West

We are a research-intensive school with an international perspective on English studies. Students can specialise in their chosen subject, whilst taking modules from other programmes, forging interdisciplinary connections. We are famous for our pioneering work with communities, locally and internationally. We encourage our students to get involved and to apply their academic learning, working in partnership with external organisations both within the city of Sheffield and beyond.

Our staff are researchers, critics, and writers. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired.

We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate. Our modules use a range of innovative assessments and can include designing websites, writing blog posts, and working with publishing software, in addition to writing essays and delivering presentations.

We're committed to providing our students with the pastoral support they need in order to thrive on their degree. All students are assigned a personal tutor with whom they have regular meetings. You are welcome to see any of the academic staff in their regular office hours if there's anything you want to ask.

School of English website

Department of Philosophy

We pride ourselves on the diversity of our modules and the high quality of our 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.

Our staff and students use philosophy to engage with real world issues. You will be able to use what you learn to make a difference in the community, through projects like Philosophy in the City, an innovative and award-winning programme that enables students to teach philosophy in schools, homeless shelters and centres for the elderly. Out students run a thriving Philosophy Society and the only UK undergraduate philosophy journal. Our Centre for Engaged Philosophy pursues research into questions of fundamental political and social importance, from criminal justice and social inclusion to climate ethics, all topics that are covered in our teaching. Philosophy changes our perspective on the world, and equips and motivates us to make a difference.

Department of Philosophy website


What our graduates do

The academic aptitude and personal skills that you develop on your degree will make you highly prized by employers, whatever your chosen career path after university:

- Excellent oral and written communication
- Independent working
- Time management and organisation
- Planning and researching written work
- Articulating knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories
- Leading and participating in discussions
- Negotiation and teamwork
- Effectively conveying arguments and opinions and thinking creatively
- Critical reasoning and analysis

Our graduates are confident and articulate. They have highly developed communication skills, equipping them for a wide range of careers in journalism, the charity sector, marketing and communications, theatre and television production, PR, copywriting, publishing, teaching, web development, accountancy, and speech and language therapy, among other fields.

Many of our students go on to postgraduate study, research, and an academic career.

Student profile


English


"The academics in the department are friendly and supportive, going above and beyond whenever I have needed assistance. Every single module I have taken has been engaging and intellectually stimulating. Under their excellent teaching, I feel that I have grown into an independent researcher and critical thinker."

Scott Moore
BA student in the School of English


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

Emma Shephard
Philosophy

Work experience
You can study our courses with the Degree with Employment Experience option. This allows you to apply for a placement year during your degree where you'll gain valuable experience and improve your employability.

Study abroad
There are opportunities to study abroad, for a semester or a year, as part of a three or four-year degree programme. We have exchange agreements with universities in the USA, Australia, Canada, Singapore and throughout Europe.

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