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Course summary

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. 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.
Careers Our BA (Hons) Philosophy and English Literature graduates go on to work in a variety of fields, including teaching, journalism, local government, publishing, charity administration and management, librarianship, digital and media, project management, PR and marketing, start-ups and online companies. The problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, judgement, research, analysis and communication skills our Philosophy and English Literature students gain are highly valued by employers. You’ll also learn to work well independently and as part of a team. You could also learn more, develop a specialism or start an exciting career in research with our Masters degrees in English Literature or Creative Writing. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.


Year 1 core modules: Introduction to English Literature 1; Reason and Argument: An Introduction to Philosophy; Introduction to English Literature 2; World Philosophies. 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: AI and Philosophies of the Future; Descartes and the Rationalists; Romantic Conflicts; Reading Beyond Britain; Writing World War One: Trauma, Memory, Resistance; Science Fiction; Contemporary Issues in Stylistics; Working with Philosophy; Kant and the Empiricists; Victorian Literature and Culture; Dialogue and Debate: Renaissance Literature; History of English; Writing Short Fiction; Making a Difference; Anglia Language Programme. Year 3: Work placement. Year 4 core modules: Undergraduate Major Project - Philosophy; Spectacle and Representation in Renaissance Drama; Concepts of Good and Evil. Year 4 optional modules: Experiencing God; Writing Poetry; Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontës; Renaissance Magic; Knowledge, Truth and Doubt; Careers with English; Language, Flesh, Philosophy; Heidegger and Phenomenology; Theorising Children’s Literature; Romantic Idealism; Contemporary Fiction; Anglia Language Programme. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Assessment method

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

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Please note the fee for the placement year is £1250 (This is a provisional fee and subject to change)
Philosophy and English Literature [with Placement year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS