Take on the biggest questions facing humanity and explore how different societies have shaped, and been shaped by, English literature on our full-time Philosophy and English Literature degree in Cambridge. Become a self-reliant researcher with critical and analytical skills suited to many careers, from journalism to local government.
Studying Philosophy and English literature together will allow you to imbue your creative writing with a consideration of universal questions, creating literature with substance as well as style.
You’ll be introduced to the biggest puzzles that have fascinated humans for centuries, such as 'who are we?', 'what can we know?' and 'what should we do to lead worthwhile lives?' - as well as finding out how the greatest minds have tried to solve them.
You’ll also discover the importance of English literature; how it is affected by the culture, language, technology and economics of the period, but also how it influences readers and society itself. By studying English literature you will, in turn, explore many other subjects, including history, politics, religion, psychology and the history of art.
By exploring these disciplines, and engaging in debates with your fellow students, you’ll develop your thinking so it becomes more rigorous, systematic and creative. You’ll also pick up transferable key skills that will be of use throughout your career, including critical analysis, complex problem solving, judgement, and the specific methods of literary research, such as bibliographies, databases and information technology.
Your studies will be supported by a staff that offers one-to-one personal tutoring and personalised feedback on your assessments. Our Philosophy courses were voted 2nd in the UK for 'Satisfied with feedback' in the Guardian University Guide 2018, while our English Literature team includes Dr Tory Young, the author of Studying English Literature, a text used on many other University courses as well as our own.
Course Leader: Dr Michael Wilby
Get a headstart before joining the course with Dr Alison Ainley's "8 ideas that changed the world" and "Women with ideas that changed the world", as well as the top English Literature books and resources recommended by our lecturers: Dr Colette Paul - Professor Sarah Annes Brown - Professor John Gardner
*World Economic Forum
The Guardian University Guide 2018
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need: they help us review what we teach and how we teach it.
The problem-solving, critical and creative skills you’ll develop on this course will be particularly useful for a range of careers in areas such as teaching, journalism, local government, publishing, charity administration and management, librarianship, and digital and media roles.
They are also transferrable to others, including business-based areas such as project management, PR and marketing, start-ups and online companies.
When you graduate, you might also decide to move onto our PhD / MPhil Philosophy research degree or one of our related Masters courses:
Modules are subject to change and availability.
You’ll show your progress through a combination of exams, essays, portfolios, presentations, reviews and reports, as well as your final-year Major Project.
At the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, we believe in thinking critically about the past, present and future to challenge perceptions and better understand communities and people.
With expertise from gender issues to literary analysis to exploring how the past has shaped our modern world, all our staff members are active researchers. This is reflected in our teaching, allowing us to support our students with the latest theories and practices, as well as essential employability advice.
You can take part in our many extra-curricular activities, our poetry and writing evenings, research symposia and conferences, as well as many student societies including the Creative Writing Society, the Philosophy Society, the Poetry Society and the Harry Potter Society.
All your classes will take place in our modern and well-equipped classrooms. You’ll also have full access to our well-stocked campus library, with computer rooms and quiet zones, as well as many online resources.
UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year)
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