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

  • Reading Fiction

  • The Philosophy of Contemporary Thought and Culture

Optional modules

  • Travels in Text and Time

  • 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

  • Paths of Research

Optional modules

  • Moral Philosophy

  • Visionaries and Rebels: Romantic Poets

  • Contemporary Epistemology

  • Mind, Brain and Behaviour

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

  • Sentiment and Scandal

  • Voyage Out: Travel, Empire and Cultural Encounters

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Optional modules

  • Combined Dissertation

  • Philosophy of Law

  • Animal Ethics: Philosophy, Politics and Law

  • Contemporary Aesthetics

  • Wittgenstein

  • Authorship and Identity in Renaissance Literature

  • Gothic

  • Speaking Pictures: Literature and the Visual Arts

  • Crime Fiction

  • Short Dissertation

  • Gender, Science and Knowledge

  • Contemporary Political Philosophy

  • Philosophy of Love

  • The Politics and Philosophy of the Environment

  • Writing the Revolution

  • 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.

Teaching and Learning

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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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

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.