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Philosophy and English Literature BA (Hons)

Anglia Ruskin University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Cambridge Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary


Tackle the biggest questions facing humanity and discover how others have tried to solve them. Explore how different societies have shaped, and been shaped by, English literature. Become a self-reliant researcher with critical and analytical skills suited to many different careers.

Studying Philosophy and English literature together will allow you to imbue your creative writing with a consideration of universal questions, creating literature with substance as well as style.

You’ll be introduced to the biggest puzzles that have fascinated humans for centuries, such as ‘who are we?’, ‘what can we know?’ and ‘what should we do to lead worthwhile lives?’ - as well as finding out how the greatest minds have tried to solve them.

You’ll also discover the importance of English literature; how it is affected by the culture, language, technology and economics of the period, but also how it influences readers and society itself. By studying English literature you will, in turn, explore many other subjects, including history, politics, religion, psychology and the history of art.

By exploring these disciplines, and engaging in debates with your fellow students, you’ll develop your thinking so it becomes more rigorous, systematic and creative. You’ll also pick up transferable key skills that will be of use throughout your career, including critical analysis, complex problem solving, judgement, and the specific methods of literary research, such as bibliographies, databases and information technology.


You’ll show your progress through a combination of exams, essays, portfolios, presentations, reviews and reports, as well as your final-year Major Project.


We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need: they help us review what we teach and how we teach it.

The problem-solving, critical and creative skills you’ll develop on this course will be particularly useful for a range of careers in areas such as teaching, journalism, local government, publishing, charity administration and management, librarianship, and digital and media roles.

They are also transferrable to others, including business-based areas such as project management, PR and marketing, start-ups and online companies.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

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Entry requirements

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96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including grade C in English Language or English Literature.


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Anglia Ruskin University

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    Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 1PT, England

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Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    93rd out of 106 3

    48th out of 52 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    104 50%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    53 53%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 218
    106 50%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72 72%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.28 86%



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