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Philosophy and Literature (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study Philosophy and Literature at Warwick?

  • Our academics produce world-leading research in both analytic and continental philosophy, and are involved in teaching at all levels. This means that you are learning from individuals at the forefront of their fields from day one.
  • Our courses are designed to help you develop clear, rigorous and creative responses to challenging and fundamental questions in a stimulating and inspiring intellectual environment.
  • We emphasise the study of Philosophy’s core traditions (e.g. in the works of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume and Kant) as a background to understanding and critically interrogating more recent philosophical questions and concerns (as these have arisen in the works of Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Russell, Frege and Wittgenstein, among others).
  • We are the base for the Warwick Writing Programme, recently judged best in the UK, which is home to internationally known writers including A.L. Kennedy, David Vann and Sarah Moss.

Holly Hayes-Fisher

2nd year undergraduate

Why study at Warwick?

A view from our academics

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 clearly communicate them in writing. You will also gain independence, flexibility and creativity in problem-solving, skills which 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.

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 year, you will study core modules in Philosophy (History of Modern Philosophy plus at least one module in Aesthetics or the Philosophy of Art) and two optional English modules. In your third year, you will study the core Textual Studies module, again co-taught by both departments, plus options that can include a module from other departments. You will also complete an independent research project, enabling you to explore your own academic interests in greater depth.

How will I learn?

Our main teaching methods are lectures, lecture-discussions, seminars and tutorials alongside private study and study skills sessions. Our contact hours are among the highest in the sector (8–12 hours per week) 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, examinations and an optional dissertation. 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 International Office 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 modules typically include: Modes of Reading; Problems in Philosophy and Literature (co-taught by Faculty from the Philosophy and English Departments); Introduction to Logic; and Introduction to Philosophy. You may also choose 30 CATS worth of modules from English or Philosophy from those available to first year single-honours English and first year single-honours Philosophy students (these currently include Introduction to Ancient Philosophy, Reason, Argument and Analysis or Ideas of Freedom from Philosophy and Epic to Novel, Medieval to Renaissance English Literature or Modern World Literatures from English).

Second year modules typically include History of Modern Philosophy (30 CATS) plus one of Aesthetics: Art, Beauty & the Sublime; Issues in Contemporary Aesthetics; Philosophy of Photography; or Philosophy of Film, as well as optional Honours modules from the large selection available in both English and Philosophy.

Your third year modules will include Textual Studies, which includes an extended essay (again co-taught by Faculty from the Philosophy and English Departments) worth 30 CATS and optional modules at Honours level worth at least 30 CATS from English and 30 CATS from Philosophy. You may also take 30 CATS from any other department.

Find out more about the degree structure and module information

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

Recent graduate destinations include:

Analyst, EY; Marketing Co-ordinator, City and Guilds; Business Development, Bureau Recruitment; News Editor, European College of Liberal Arts; Assistant in Civil Service, Ministry of Justice.

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
Find out more about fees and funding

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.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.