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Philosophy and Literature (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)


What will I learn?

This flexible course explores both Literature and Philosophy, notably how they relate to, and interact with, each other. You will encounter diverse forms of human expression, while developing your ability to interpret and engage with texts, both imaginatively and critically. You will be taught by leading researchers in both Departments, with Philosophy modules spanning continental and analytic traditions, and English modules reaching across periods, genres and themes. You will learn to understand and critically analyse a wide range of literary and philosophical texts, to develop cogent arguments and to communicate them clearly in writing. You will also gain independence, flexibility and creativity in problem-solving, skills that have broad applications in the workplace and in further study. The course becomes increasingly flexible as you progress, and the Philosophy/Literature balance can be tilted one way or the other depending on your choice of options.

How will I learn?

Our main teaching methods are lectures, lecture-discussions, and seminars alongside private study and study skills sessions. Our students benefit from expert guidance from staff in developing strong analytical and critical skills, and our students highly rate the feedback they receive. In addition to compulsory teaching, we also offer many extra academic activities, including optional lectures, colloquia, discussion groups and workshops.

How will I be assessed?

We track your progress and provide you with feedback through regular non assessed work, assessed essays and written examinations. Your final degree classification is based on assessed essays, other assessed work (which may include, for example, group work or video presentations), examinations and an optional dissertation or individual project. Your second and third year work carries equal weight in determining your final degree classification.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

We run successful undergraduate exchanges with Queen’s University, Ontario, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, enabling second-year Philosophy students (single or joint honours) to compete for the chance to spend a full year studying in North America. Modules and examinations taken at Queen’s and Madison count towards your degree.

All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities, which currently include: Bourgogne, Dijon; Erasmus, Rotterdam; Copenhagen; Friedrich Schiller, Jena or Cologne; Vienna; Autonoma or Complutense, Madrid or Seville; Rome or Turin; and Koc, Istanbul. The Study Abroad Team in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

  • Entry Requirements

    A level AAB, to include A in English Literature or English Language and Literature.

    International Baccalaureate 36 points, to include 6 in Higher Level English Literature or English Language and Literature.

    Other Qualifications We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information on the latter please visit the international entry requirements page.

    Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

    Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.

    General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

    Further Information

    Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

    Department Open Days These are held during February and March. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

    For further advice and information, please contact the Philosophy department on

What modules could I study?

First-year introductory modules include Modes of Reading, a core Philosophy and Literature module co-taught by the two Departments, Introduction to Philosophy, Logic 1, plus an option from either department.

In your second and third years, you have two core modules, History of Modern Philosophy in Year 2 and Textual Studies, a co-taught Philosophy and Literature module in Year 3, and one optional core to take in either year, choosing from philosophy modules in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. You have two optional English modules in Year 2, and options in Year 3 that can include a module from other departments. As part of your work for Textual Studies, you will complete an independent research project, enabling you to explore your own academic interests in greater depth.

Find out more about the degree structure and module information on the Philosophy department website.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Where can my degree take me?

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: City and Guilds, Ministry of Justice, Boots, Deloitte, British Heart Foundation.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: News Editor, Analyst, Account Manager (Advertising), English Teacher, Market Research Assistant, Solicitor.

Essential information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAB, including A in English Literature or English Language and Literature

IB: 36 points, including 6 in Higher Level English Literature or English Language and Literature


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
Department of Philosophy

Student blogs
Leyla Hunn - Philosophy

Sophie Miller - English Literature and Creative Writing

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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University taster sessions
Experience what its like to study Philosophy and Literature at University-level

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

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This information is applicable for 2018 entry.