Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

English and Philosophy

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: QV35

What you'll study

Teaching ranges from large group lectures to small tutorials and intensive one-on-one supervision. You'll have seminars on the close analysis of a single reading and large fortnightly debates on topical issues. There are personal feedback and assessment sessions plus residential problem-solving and team-building exercises.

Students typically complete a final-year dissertation in a topic of their choice, in which they receive one-on-one supervision from experts in both philosophy and English. Essays and longer written arguments continue to be at the heart of our assessment.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Introduction to Philosophy

  • Literature Lab

    In this practical module, you'll acquire essential skills for the study of literature, as well as academic skills. In a relaxed workshop environment, you'll practise close reading (poetry, fiction, drama), while also developing your skills in essay writing, presenting, academic research and referencing.

  • Reading Fiction

    This module explores the techniques, conventions and developments of the novel from the 18th century to the contemporary. You'll engage with relevant social, historical and political contexts and focus particularly on authors ranging from Austen to Ondaatje.

  • The Philosophy of Contemporary Thought and Culture

Optional modules

  • Travels in Text and Time

    Time-travelling across three centuries of English literature, this modules introduces you to key English writers and works, from Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale, and the late medieval play, Everyman, to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Milton’s Paradise Lost. Breaking down barriers between medieval and Renaissance literature, it groups texts according to theme and explores how these themes develop in plays and poems written centuries apart.

  • God, Evil and the Meaning of Life

  • Philosophy, History and Ideology

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • 20th-Century Philosophy

  • British and American Modernism

    'Make it new' (Ezra Pound): explore a diverse, fascinating and radical period in English and American Literature, considering authors on both sides of the Atlantic who were committed to revolutionary change. Featured writers include T S Eliot, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, D H Lawrence, F Scott Fitzgerald, Katherine Mansfield and Hilda Doolittle.

  • Paths of Research

Optional modules

  • Moral Philosophy

  • Visionaries and Rebels: Romantic Poets from Blake to Tennyson

    You will study Romanticism, a movement which gave birth to some of the greatest poetry in the English language. You'll be introduced to the different genres of Romantic poetry, while at the same time learning about the political and philosophical background from which the poetry emerged.

  • Contemporary Epistemology

  • Mind, Brain and Behaviour

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

    This module returns Shakespeare to the vibrant theatrical milieu of late 16th- and early 17th-century London, where we encounter him as one among a number of inventive and influential playwrights of the time. It introduces groundbreaking plays of exceptional emotional reach and imaginative daring, written in a range of popular genres, during a golden age of English theatre.

  • Sentiment and Scandal: Literature of the Long 18th Century

    Explore sentiment and satire, sensibility and scandal in a module which focuses upon the diversity, innovations and influence of 18th-century poetry, drama and fiction.

  • Voyage Out: Travel, Empire and Cultural Encounters

    You'll examine cultural encounters between travellers and the cultures they visit through a study of the literature of travel, including fictional accounts and visual representation, including art and film.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Optional modules

  • Combined Dissertation

  • Philosophy of Law

  • Animal Ethics: Philosophy, Politics and Law

  • Contemporary Aesthetics

  • Wittgenstein on Language, Mind, and Reality

  • Authorship and Identity in Renaissance Literature

    You will study how English writers from the Renaissance period (1579 to 1645), both male and female, canonical and more obscure, deliberately fashion themselves as ‘authors’, in relation to previous writers and works from both Classical and Early Modern European literary traditions. The module will introduce you to important techniques such as imitation and translation, and will provide an overview of significant European writers and sources, before focusing on the following English authors: Edmund Spenser, Samuel Daniel, Lady Mary Sidney Herbert, Aemilia Lanyer, Lady Mary Wroth, Elizabeth Carey, Ben Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher, and John Milton.

  • Gothic

    You will analyse the Gothic from the conception of the genre in the 18th century to its manifestation in contemporary literature and film, focusing on the genre's convergence with contemporaneous social and cultural preoccupations.

  • Speaking Pictures: Literature and the Visual Arts

    You will explore the relationship between literature and the visual arts from the Renaissance to the present. You'll examine a wide range of literary texts alongside paintings, works of art criticism, and recent critical and theoretical writings.

  • Crime Fiction: Reading the Body, Reading the Signs

    To explore this wide-ranging and unique genre, you will first investigate the two main crime fiction traditions, classical (Poe, Doyle and Christie) and hardboiled (Ellroy). Next, your seminar group will analyse four novels chosen from among the many subgenres that have developed more recently, such as the forensic detective novel, black hardboiled crime, true crime and many others.

  • Short Dissertation

  • Gender, Science and Knowledge

  • Contemporary Political Philosophy

  • Philosophy of Love

  • The Politics and Philosophy of the Environment

  • Writing the Revolution: Sex, Religion and Politics in the Literature of 17th-century England

    You will explore the literature of the mid-17th century in the context of the century's revolutionary turns and counter-turns: civil war, regicide, the establishment of a republic, favouring puritanism, and the Restoration of the monarchy. Amongst the writers studied will be John Milton, Andrew Marvell and the Restoration playwrights, George Etherege and Aphra Behn.

  • Secrets and Lies: Victoria Decadence and Degeneration

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More about this course

This innovative, exciting degree combines two of the oldest, yet most vibrant, academic disciplines. You study with active researchers who work at the cutting edge of their fields. They'll encourage you to apply your new-found knowledge to explore the biggest issues of the day. You'll study English language and literature, from the classics to the emerging digital media platforms and you'll develop an understanding of philosophy’s central thinkers and ideas and how they relate to contemporary culture, as well as gaining practical reasoning skills.

This is an integrated programme of study taught by international experts who have worked together for many years – not just two halves bolted together, as is often the case elsewhere. Our English and philosophy staff are widely published in their research areas. These interests inspire many of our modules, bringing new insights to the subjects, as well as providing a thorough knowledge of both disciplines. Unusually, you'll study in small groups (of no more than four students) in your first year, as well as in larger seminars and lectures. You'll gain key skills valued by employers such as the ability to analyse complex information and present clear and coherent conclusions in writing, presentations and discussions.

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Study English in the city described as the most poetic in England, where Philip Larkin wrote most of his best work.

Superb facilities include the Brynmor Jones Library which is open 24/7 and boasts cutting edge technology and more than a million books.

Studying philosophy at Hull, means doing philosophy. It’s been taught here since we first opened our doors in 1927.

Debate the issues of the day, from cutting-edge genetics to artificial intelligence, while developing valuable skills in analytical and critical thinking.

Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,500

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

BA English and Philosophy graduates don't typically have a single, predominant career path, but careers in journalism and teaching are popular. Students on this programme write a blog and have the opportunity to develop hands-on teaching skills to give CV-boosting experiences in these areas.

Other graduates have gone on to successful careers in media production, publishing, public relations, marketing, law, politics, the Civil Service, business and the charity sector. Others have chosen to continue their studies as postgraduates.

The University also provides comprehensive help from our dedicated Careers Advice Centre which offers competitive internships, mock interviews and CV workshops. The centre is open to all students and its services remain available to graduates throughout their career.