What Will You Study
Your degree is taught jointly by Lancaster’s Philosophy Department, which is home to 10 philosophers, and our English Literature Department, which achieved the student satisfaction rate of 93%, in the 2013 National Student Survey.
You’ll learn how philosophical perspectives can be applied fruitfully to literature and your literary studies will elucidate the narrative structures and cultural functions of Philosophy. You’ll take various approaches to English and other literatures by diverse authors and will look at both the history and contemporary discussions of Philosophy.
You’ll start your degree with courses including English Literature and Introduction to Philosophy. As you progress, the scheme allows you to specialise according to your own interests and strengths, with a selection of second and third-year English Literature modules and options such as The Theory and Practice of Criticism; History of Philosophy; Philosophy of the Mind; and Philosophy of Science.
- Dance and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Dance and English Literature : BA Hons
- Economics and International Relations : BA Hons
- Economics and Politics : BA Hons
- English Language and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Language and Literature : BA Hons
- English Literature : BA Hons
- English Literature and History : BA Hons
- English Literature and Linguistics : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- English Literature with Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Literature, Creative Writing and Practice : BA Hons
- Ethics, Philosophy and Religion : BA Hons
- Film and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Film and English Literature : BA Hons
- Film and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- French Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- French Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- French Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- German Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- German Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- German Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- History and International Relations : BA Hons
- History and Philosophy : BA Hons
- History and Politics : BA Hons
- History and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- History, Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- International Relations : BA Hons
- International Relations and Religious Diversity : BA Hons
- Law and Politics : LLB Hons
- Linguistics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Management, Politics and International Relations : BSc Hons
- Mathematics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Peace Studies and International Relations : BA Hons
- Philosophy : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- Philosophy and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Philosophy with Chinese : BA Hons
- Philosophy, Politics and Economics : BA Hons
- Politics : BA Hons
- Politics (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- Politics and International Relations : BA Hons
- Politics and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Politics and Sociology : BA Hons
- Politics with Chinese : BA Hons
- Religious Studies : BA Hons
- Religious Studies and Sociology : BA Hons
- Religious Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- Social Work, Ethics and Religion : MSocial Work Hons
- Spanish Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- Theatre and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Theatre and English Literature : BA Hons
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- American Literature to 1900
- British Romanticism
- Ethics: Theory and Practice
- History of Philosophy
- Literature and Film
- Philosophical Questions in the Study of Politics and Economics
- Philosophy of Science
- Philosophy of the Mind
- Renaissance to Restoration, English Literature, 1580-1688
- Victorian Literature
- American Literature from 1900
- Contemporary Literature in English
- Continental Philosophy
- Darwinism and Philosophy
- Dissertation Unit
- History of Twentieth Century Philosophy
- Logic and Language
- Modernism, 1890-1945
- Philosophy of Medicine
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three units of assessment which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects, a higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
A-level: AAA - AAB, including grade A English Literature or English Language and Literature combined. We normally expect three A-levels
General Studies: Accepted as one of 3 A-levels
Key skills: Not included in offer
Scottish Highers: AAABB - ABBBB, including A in English
Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
International Bacc: 36 - 35 pts overall with 16 pts from best three HL courses
Mature students: Applications welcome, especially with evidence of recent successful formal study e.g. a pass in an Access Course involving English Literature with 6 - 8 unit distintions, including distinctions in all available English units
A Philosophy degree from Lancaster teaches you to analyse problems from a multi-dimensional perspective, encouraging you to approach issues creatively and with an enquiring mind. Your study of Philosophy and Literature will also cultivate a wide range of interpersonal and communication skills that are highly valued by employers. All this will stand you in good stead for careers involving analysis, assessment and the weighing-up of arguments.
Many of our graduates go on to careers traditionally associated with English and creative writing, such as publishing and the media, teaching and librarianship. Others find roles in business, administration and professional services, where their skills of self-expression and critical understanding of complex information are equally valued.
A number of our English Literature and Philosophy graduates regularly go on to take higher degrees, at Lancaster or another institution.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning MethodsAt Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments designed to best support the requirements of your chosen degree programme. These may include lecture and tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory sessions, other practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based elivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, short and sharply focussed critical reports, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Multiple choice formats are also employed where appropriate. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue. In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.