The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
Your first year of study is split equally between your two disciplines (60 credits in each subject). Following this, you have flexible options to alter your balance of study, meaning that you could take 80 credits in one subject and 40 in the other in either or both years 2 and 3, or stay with the 60/60 balance. This flexibility allows you to tailor the course throughout your degree programme, once you have had the time and experience to consider where your strengths and interests lie. You can also write a Link Dissertation combining your two subjects in your final year.
You can see more information about the different modules and options on the links below.
Within the English side of your programme you can follow either a Literature or a Language pathway.
Philosophy’s first year modules will provide you with a thorough grounding in mainly mainstream western philosophy. English and Philosophy students take our core modules, Problems of Philosophy, Reasoning and Logic, as well as some of the optional modules that are listed below.
- Ethics: How should we live?
- Epistemology: What & how do we know?
- Philosophical Traditions: Existentialism
- Philosophy of Religion
- Political Philosophy: Can power be legitimate?
- Moral Problems
- Ancient Philosophy
Read more about first year Philosophy modules
On the Philosophy side of your programme, you are given greater freedom of choice to pursue the topics and questions that interest and inspire you. The range of modules on offer may differ a little from year to year, but the following is an indicative list.
- The Mind-Body Problem
- Elements of Logic and Metaphysics
- Feminist Philosophy
- Speaking of Things
- Logic: Its Limits and Scope
- Sex, Ethics and Philosophy
- The Ethics of Killing
- The Ethics and Politics of Climate Change
- Experience and Reason: Early Modern Philosophy
- History of Analytic Philosophy
Read more about second year Philosophy modules
Final year Philosophy modules are informed by lecturers’ research interests to a greater degree than before, and you should get a real feel for philosophy at the cutting-edge. English and Philosophy students choose from a list such as the example below.
- Minds, Brains and Computers
- Topics in Philosophy of Religion
- Global Bioethics
- Prejudice, Race & Gender
- Being Good and Doing Right
- Philosophy of Language
- Reason and Belief: Topics in Epistemology
- What there is: Issues in Ontology
- Philosophy of Mathematics
- Science and Nature
- Philosophy of Time Travel
In addition, you undertake an independent research project with help from a supervisor. English and Philosophy students can chose to do this in either of their two disciplines or to write a Link Dissertation, which combines your two subjects.
Read more about third year Philosophy modules