Explore the big questions and the works of English literature that have engaged people for centuries by studying our BA (Hons) Philosophy and English Literature degree in Cambridge. Study Philosophy and English literature together and learn to make your point of view stand out with substance, as well as style. You’ll consider big questions such as ‘Who are we?’, ‘What can we know?’, and ‘What should we do to lead worthwhile lives?’ and discover how great minds have tried to answer them. Alongside this, you’ll explore how English literature is shaped by its historical and cultural context, and how, in turn, it influences readers and society. In doing this, you’ll also explore other subjects such as history, politics, religion, psychology and history of art. Your studies will be supported by our expert lecturers, who offer one-to-one tutoring and personalised feedback. This support helped our philosophy courses rank top in the UK for 'Satisfied with Feedback' (The Guardian University Guide 2021). You can also choose to focus on areas of particular interest to you, such as Victorian literature, poetry, contemporary fiction, and the work of philosophers including Kant, Descartes and Heidegger. You’ll gain valuable research skills by using bibliographies, databases and information technology to answer important questions about literature and you’ll also develop your problem solving, critical thinking and judgement skills by analysing major philosophical ideas. These are important skills, with the World Economic Forum ranking complex problem solving and critical thinking among the top ten skills needed to succeed in today’s job market. You can also engage in philosophical discussions and debates through our student-led Philosophy Society, attend events such as our Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture series or boost your employability by learning a language with our Anglia Language Programme and taking part in live briefs with our partner organisations. Some of our students recently worked with CamYOGA, creating media resources to increase public awareness of the benefits of yoga for well-being. Outstanding student support Join our student community and:
- benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
- learn from inspiring tutors on a course ranked top in the UK for ‘Satisfied with Feedback’ (The Guardian University Guide 2021)
- access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.
Year 1 core modules: Reason and Argument: An Introduction to Philosophy; World Philosophies; A History of English Literature 1: Writing Matters; A History of English Literature 2: Reading Literature and Theory. Year 2 core modules: Ethics in Theory and Practice; Modernism and the City; The European Novel: Desire and Transgression; Philosophy of Art and Image; Ruskin Module. Year 2 optional modules: Descartes and the Rationalists; Romantic Conflicts; Reading Beyond Britain; Writing World War One: Trauma, Memory, Resistance; Science Fiction; Contemporary Issues in Stylistics; Kant and the Empiricists; Victorian Literature and Culture; Dialogue and Debate: Renaissance Literature; History of English; Writing Short Fiction; Modernism and the City; Professional Placement; Mind and Consciousness; Anglia Language Programme. Year 3 core modules: Undergraduate Major Project - Philosophy; Spectacle and Representation in Renaissance Drama; Concepts of Good and Evil. Year 3 optional modules: Nature and the Absolute; Writing Poetry; Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontës; Renaissance Magic; Knowledge, Truth and Doubt; Careers with English; Language, Flesh, Philosophy; Theorising Children's Literature; Romantic Ideals; Contemporary Fiction; Feminist Debates and Activism; Issues in Modern Philosophy; Research Communication; Anglia Language Programme. Modules are subject to change and availability.
We’ll assess your progress using a combination of exams, essays, portfolios, presentations, reviews and reports, as well as your final-year Major Project.
How to apply
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Points of entry
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We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
2020 Entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when apply opens for the exact requirements. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|