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Bachelor of Philosophy and English Language (Hons)
Bachelor of Philosophy and English Language (Hons)

Bachelor of Philosophy and English Language (Hons)

  • ID:UH440132
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
  • Duration:
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (GBP)

  • TuitionFee/Year:£13,450.00
  • LivingFee/Year:£11,385.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:£300.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:£13,450.00
  • LivingFee/Year:£11,385.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:£300.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

English requirements

  • Grade 4/C in English and 4/D Mathematics.
  • IGCSE English at grade C or above.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each band).
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 58 (with no less than 42 in any band).
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 79 with band scores of reading 18, writing 17, listening 17, speaking 20.

Course Information

What is it for sounds, gestures and marks on paper to have meaning? What are the various uses to which we can put language, and how does it manage to have the effects it has? How do we learn language? And how does the language we use reflect society, the nature of our thoughts, and what we take reality to be like?

Our BA Philosophy and English Language degree allows you to examine the nature of language, through two distinct approaches. You’ll develop a range of skills in analysing the structure of the English language and how it is used in a variety of situations, while exploring and challenging the assumptions about the nature of language, its limits and how it functions.

In your first year, alongside core linguistics modules, you’ll learn to think critically by examining how language may be used – and misused – in reasoning and persuasion. You’ll also study social and political philosophy, covering topics such as freedom of speech, and examine the nature of mind and reality.

All our philosophy lecturers are active researchers, so you’ll share the excitement of doing original work in a supportive and highly-rated academic community. Our Philosophy team is in the top 15 in the Guardian League Table 2019 and rates as one of the 100 best Philosophy departments worldwide in the 2017 QS rankings.

Our English language lecturers are research-active academics working in cutting-edge areas such as language and gender, formulaic language, corpus studies, bilingualism, bilingual processing and codeswitching.

Core modules in your second year focus on English grammar and the sounds of English. You can explore theories of how and why language developed and study language-related real-life problems such as plagiarism and crime investigation in forensic linguistics. In Philosophy, you may explore a wide variety of topics, including the option to learn some languages of logic.

One final-year option is corpus studies in English language, which will develop your research skills through your use of Sketch Engine, a text analysis tool that allows you to search vast samples of language, or corpora. In Philosophy, there is the option to study more advanced contemporary themes and theories in the philosophy of language, and also to take a module which focuses in particular on Ludwig Wittgenstein’s influential work on the nature of language.

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Degree programmes are structured into levels, 4, 5 and 6. These correspond to your first, second and third/final year of study. Below you can see what modules you’ll be studying in each.  

Level 4

Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional

  • Reason and Persuasion, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Communication, Interaction, Context, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Social and Political Philosophy, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Mind, Knowledge and Reality, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Ethics, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Investigating Language, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Introduction to English Linguistics 1, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Introduction to English Linguistics 2, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Language and Mind, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Philosophy of Film and Literature, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Language in the Media, 15 Credits, Optional
  • The Meaning of Life, 15 Credits, Optional

Level 5

Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional

  • Graduate Skills, 0 Credits, Compulsory
  • Themes in Plato's Republic, 15 Credits, Optional
  • The Right and The Good, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Philosophy of Mind, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Learning and Teaching Language 2, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Knowledge and Discovery, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Philosophy of Art, 15 Credits, Optional
  • English Grammar, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Language and Species, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Language in Society, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Metaphysics, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Sounds of English, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Forensic Linguistics, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Language Competencies in Career Development, 15 Credits, Optional
  • History of the English Language, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Research Methods in English Language & Communication, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Philosophies of Religion, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Virtues, Vices and Ethics, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Logic and Philosophy, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Learning and Teaching Language 1, 15 Credits, Optional

Level 6

Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional

  • Aristotle P, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Child Language & Communication, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Clinical Linguistics, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Language & Communication Project, 30 Credits, Optional
  • Language Processing, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Nietzsche, Genealogy and Morality, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Philosophy of Language, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Communication and Cultures, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Meaning and Context, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Philosophy of Psychology, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Chunky Language: Investigating Formulaic Sequences, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Gender in Language and Communication, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Global Englishes, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Corpus-based Studies in English Language, 15 Credits, Optional


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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Over the years many English Language graduates have gone into teaching or speech and language therapy, as well as translation, publishing, journalism, marketing, law and business. A specialism in forensic linguistics can lead to work solving real life problems, from helping solve murders with the police to legal work addressing plagiarism, cybercrime, authorship attribution, contracts and wills.

Studying philosophy teaches you to ask penetrating questions and identify flawed arguments – skills integral to many careers, such as law. You’ll develop many other transferable skills sought by employers, such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to communicate ideas in a structured, productive way.

For those interested in teaching, all Humanities graduates are guaranteed an interview with our School of Education. Many graduates go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields.

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Insurance-Single: 300 GBP/year

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