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English Literature and Philosophy

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A

Specific subjects/grades required for entry: English Literature at grade A or English - Language & Literature at grade A. Specific subjects excluded for entry: General Studies and Critical Thinking. Information: Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D2

To include English Literature

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

38

To include 6, 6, 6 from Higher Level subjects to include English Literature and English Language and Literature.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

D*DD

Subject specific A-levels (or equivalent) may be required.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*DD

Subject specific A-levels (or equivalent) may be required.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A

Specific subjects/grades required for entry: English at grade A.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A

We will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. If an applicant has not been able to take 3 Advanced Highers, offers may be made with a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers, or on a number of Highers.

UCAS Tariff

152-168

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Philosophy

English studies

Joint Honours in English and Philosophy is a cross-disciplinary course, which develops and assesses skills, knowledge, and understanding across English and Philosophy, typically including a range of major philosophical and literary texts, important concepts, questions, arguments and methods. The course also fosters understanding of the relationships between English and Philosophy (through, for example, the compulsory Theory and Practice of Literary Criticism module, as well as optional modules offered by both Departments) and to develop detailed knowledge in either English or Philosophy through the preparation of a Dissertation on a chosen topic. The syllabus is equally weighted between the two subjects, although you may take one module more in one of the subjects (and therefore one less in the other) in year three.

**Year 1**
You will take three modules in English literature and three modules in Philosophy. The three first-year compulsory English modules introduce you to representative works in the major literary genres (novel, drama, and poetry), including knowledge of a range of writing before 1800. In the three first-year compulsory Philosophy modules, you will encounter the ideas and arguments of some of the major philosophers in the history of the subject, in their own writings; some central theories and arguments in the fields of Logic, Metaphysics, Epistemology, or Philosophy of Mind, broadly understood; some central theories and arguments in the fields of Moral, Political, or Social Philosophy, broadly understood.

**Compulsory modules**
In the first year, you will take the following English Literature and Philosophy modules:
Introduction to Drama
Introduction to the Novel
Introduction to Poetry
Ethics and Values
Knowledge and Reality
Reading Philosophy.

**Study Abroad**
You may apply to study abroad for an additional year between Levels 2 and 3 (transferring from BA Hons in English Literature and Philosophy to BA Hons English Literature and Philosophy with a Year Abroad). Supported by the International Office and the Department’s International Co-ordinator, you can put yourself forward for the following study abroad options:

**The Overseas Exchange programme** (university-wide links with institutions in North America, the Far East, Australasia, and so on). A list of the University’s current partners is available here: https://www.dur.ac.uk/international/studyabroad/exchange/outgoing/partnerunis/

**The Erasmus Programme** (Departmental link maintained with universities in EU countries).

For more information on this course, please see our website.

Modules

Year 1 Compulsory Modules:
In the first year, you will take the following English Literature and Philosophy modules:

Introduction to Drama
Introduction to the Novel
Introduction to Poetry
Ethics and Values
Knowledge and Reality
Reading Philosophy.

Year 2 Modules:
Compulsory modules:
Theory and Practice of Literary Criticism
Moral Theory
One of: Philosophy of Mind
Language, Logic, and Reality
Modern Philosophy I.

Optional lecture modules in English (taught by weekly lectures and four one-hour tutorials) have previously included:
Chaucer
Old English
Old Norse
Old French
Renaissance Literature
Victorian Literature
Literature of the Modern Period
American Poetry.

Optional seminar modules in English (taught by fortnightly two-hour seminars) have previously included:
Jane Austen
Arthurian Literature
Germanic Myth and Legend
The Australian Legend
Toni Morrison: Texts and Contexts
The Brontës
Evelyn Waugh
Shakespeare’s History Plays
Romantic Plays and Players (a maximum of one may be selected).

Optional modules in Philosophy previously included:
Biomedical Ethics Past and Present
Science and Religion
Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Theory, Literature and Society
Philosophy of Science
The Philosophy of Economics and Politics: Theory, Methods and Values.

Year 3 Modules:
Compulsory modules:
One from:

Dissertation in English
Dissertation in Philosophy (40 credits).

Optional lecture modules in English (taught by weekly lectures and four one-hour tutorials) have previously included:
Old English
Old Norse
Old French
Restoration and 18th Century Literature
Literature of the Romantic Period
Post-War Fiction and Poetry
American Fiction
Medieval Literature.

Optional Special Topics in English (taught by fortnightly two-hour seminars) have previously included:
Literature, Cinema and Neuroscience
Shakespeare on Film
Resistance in South Asian Postcolonial Literature
Writing Prose Fiction
Reading Joyce’s Ulysses
W. B. Yeats
Keats and Shelley
Elizabeth Bishop and Twentieth Century Verse
Nonsense Literature
Creative Writing Poetry
Writing Mountains in the Early Twentieth Century
Seamus Heaney
Jewish American Fiction
Mind and Narrative.
Optional modules in Philosophy previously included:
Modern Philosophy II
Philosophical Issues in Contemporary Science
Aesthetics
Twentieth Century European Philosophy
Applied Ethics
Issues in Contemporary Ethics
Gender, Film and Society
Metaphysics
History and Philosophy of Psychiatry
Ethics in Business Practice
Formal and Philosophical Logic.

Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£22,900
per year
International
£22,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

College of St Hild and St Bede

St Aidan's College

John Snow College

University College

Grey College

Trevelyan College

Van Mildert College

St John's College

St Chad's College

South College

St Mary's College

St Cuthbert's Society

Collingwood College

Stephenson College

No college preference

Josephine Butler College

Hatfield College

Department:

English Studies

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

74%
med
Philosophy
85%
med
English studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Philosophy

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
57%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

66%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
98%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

English studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

67%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
17%
Male students
83%
Female students
100%
2:1 or above
1%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Philosophy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
high
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
69%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Business, research and administrative professionals
16%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
12%
Other elementary services occupations

Although there aren't a lot of jobs around for professional philosophers, philosophy degrees are a relatively popular option, with more than 2,000 students graduating in a philosophy-related subject in 2015 - a little down on previous years, but still healthy. Nearly a quarter of philosophy graduates take a postgraduate qualification, and it's a relatively common subject at both Masters and doctorate level — so if you think academic life might be for you, think ahead about how you might fund further study. For those who go into work, philosophy grads tend to go into teaching, accountancy, consulting, journalism, PR, housing, marketing, human resources and the arts while a few go into the computer industry every year, where their logical training is highly rated.

English studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
62%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
12%
Business, research and administrative professionals
10%
Teaching and educational professionals

English is one of the most popular degree subjects and in 2015, more than 11,000 students graduated with English degrees - although this does represent a fall from recent years. As good communication is so important to modern business, you can find English graduates in all parts of the economy, although obviously, you can't expect to get a job in science or engineering (computing is a different matter - it's not common but good language skills can be useful in the computing industry). There's little difference in outcomes between English language and English literature degrees, so don't worry and choose the one that suits you best. More English grads took another postgraduate course when they finished their degree than grads from any other subject - this is an important option. Teacher training was a common choice of second degree, as was further study of English, and journalism courses. But many English graduates changed course and trained in law, marketing or other languages -or even subjects further afield such as computing, psychology and even nursing. This is a very flexible degree which gives you a lot of options

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Philosophy and religious studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£29k

£29k

£34k

£34k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

English studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

£32k

£32k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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