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BAEnglish and Philosophy

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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Overview

This degree programme allows you to explore some of the biggest questions concerning human existence and their relation to culture and society. The Department of Philosophy at Birmingham has a growing international reputation as a centre of excellence for research in analytic philosophy, especially in metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of language and mind, and ethics and ethical theory.

On the English side of your programme you can choose to follow either a Literature or Language pathway throughout the three years of the programme. If you choose to follow the Literature pathway you will explore the written word from medieval to modern times, investigating the ways in which the literary culture of the English-speaking world throughout history has engaged with and shaped society. If you choose to follow the Language pathway, your English study will provide you with a deep understanding of the way in which the English language works and, more generally, the linguistic, social and political issues surrounding language and its use. Both disciplines interrelate very well with the study of Philosophy; opportunities to integrate the two subjects in your programme include the option of writing a lengthy final-year ‘link’ Dissertation with joint supervision from the two Departments.

Programme structure

First year
In your first year, you are laying the foundations for later study in both disciplines, and will therefore be required to take equal credits in English and Classics.

Philosophy:We offer a thorough grounding in mainly mainstream western philosophy, with some modules based around philosophical problems (e.g. the problem of scepticism, the problem of free will, and so on), some based around important historical figures (e.g. Aristotle, Descartes, Hobbes and Rousseau), and some aimed at providing you with the skills you need to study philosophy in later years.

Second year
In your second year, you may wish to continue with the equal distribution of credits between the two subjects, but you may wish to specialise in one or the other by altering the balance of study (perhaps in order to acquire Greek or Latin language skills, or because you are especially keen on an extra option in English).

Philosophy:In the second year you are given far more freedom of choice, so that you can pursue the topics and questions that interest and inspire you such as Sex, Ethics and Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind and the Ethics of Killing. No modules in Year 2 are compulsory, so you can concentrate on the areas of the subject that interests you most.
English pathways
Final year
In the final year, your most important decision will be whether to undertake a dissertation that combines your two subjects, or to pursue two separate, smaller research projects. Again, you have the flexibility to change your credit weighting depending on your interests and the choices you make.

Philosophy:Your final year gives you an even greater choice of modules and students should begin to get a real feel for philosophy at the cutting-edge. Some areas, like ethics and metaphysics, will be familiar to you, but will be studied at a more advanced level; others will be totally new. Modules include Prejudice, Race and Gender; Philosophy of Mathematics; Philosophy of Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Religion and Global Bio-ethics. You will also in your final year research and write a dissertation with the help of a supervisor who advises you and guides you through the process.
English pathways
Year Abroad
You will have the option to take a year abroad between your second and final year at one of a wide range of carefully selected partner institutions from around the world.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States