Engage with some of the world's greatest writers and thinkers with this wide-ranging degree, which will allow you to explore the rich heritage of literature in English while considering important questions about how we see and understand the world.
Core modules will enable you to explore poetry, prose and drama in English across historical periods while introducing you to central issues in philosophy and how to construct arguments. You'll also build on this knowledge by choosing from an impressive range of optional modules, allowing you to pursue the topics that interest you.
From metaphysics to children's literature, Nietzsche to American fiction and aesthetics to the language of the media, this degree offers a great opportunity to understand the development of human thought as well as an important form of cultural expression - and how the two can inform each other.
Leeds has great facilities for students of philosophy. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections- valuable assets for your independent research. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you'll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
You'll spend your first year studying core modules that introduce you to key aspects of philosophy from the nature of knowledge, the self, and ethics to logical reasoning, as well as poetry, prose and drama. You'll also have the chance to study optional modules on topics such as political philosophy and the history of scientific thought, or take discovery modules from across the University.
Over the next two years, you'll maintain a balance across different areas of philosophy by choosing modules from groups such as the mind and knowledge, language and logic or value philosophy. At the same time, you'll choose from core modules exploring the literature of different historical periods. Then you'll be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules, from Arthurian legends to the digital humanities.
Throughout the degree, you'll be developing high-level skills in independent research, interpretation and analysis. You'll also have the chance to showcase all of these when you undertake your dissertation in your final year, allowing you to specialise and conduct research on a topic of your choice.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
You'll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more examples of optional modules and the full course structure.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAA including A in English excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking
A Joint Honours degree in English and Philosophy will equip you with a wide range of transferable skills that are attractive to employers across different sectors and industries.
You'll have strong research skills and be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources. You'll also be able to construct effective arguments and present and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, you'll be confident working independently or in a team, and you'll have good organisational skills from juggling two different subjects.
Graduates have on to succeed in a wide range of careers as a result, including publishing, law, journalism, education, advertising and marketing, the civil service and business and finance. Many others progress to postgraduate study.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a yearstudying abroad. It's a great way to gain an insight into another culture, aswell as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.
The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also hasexclusive exchange links with universities in Denmark, France and Spain -language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.
Read more about Study abroad in Philosophy, Religion and History of Science
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.