English Literature and Philosophy

BA Hons

  • UCAS code QV35
  • Entry year 2024 or 2025
  • A level requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 3 years

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Why Lancaster?

  • Learn to see the world in different ways, as you build a degree from diverse module choices covering literature and philosophy from around the globe
  • Hear from visiting authors and scholars at our many literary events on campus, online, and in Lancaster’s historic Castle Quarter
  • Broaden your perspective with a decolonised curriculum led by experts in non-Western philosophy and world literature
  • Sharpen your thinking in regular small-group seminars, where you’ll debate and critique philosophy and literature under the guidance of our expert tutors
  • Develop skills in critical thinking, analysis and persuasion that will prepare you for a range of exciting graduate careers

Investigate the ways in which both literature and philosophy grapple with fundamental human questions – such as right and wrong, freedom and restraint, and what it is to lead a good life. Learn to read literature with attention to philosophical themes and philosophy with attention to literary themes.

An intellectual landscape without boundaries

Through studying both literature and philosophy, you’ll develop a unique toolkit to interpret, analyse, and critique the ideas that shape our world. You might study the idea of liberty in both, say, Utilitarianism and the Harlem Renaissance; or explore the concept of the self in both the work of the British Romantics and in philosophers of the same period.

You’ll have the freedom to build your degree from a large and diverse range of modules. In philosophy we have experts in both Western and non-Western traditions, meaning you’ll be able to explore everything from Kant to feminist philosophy to Islamic ethics and Indian philosophy. Likewise in literature we have experts in both English and world literatures, offering modules in everything from Medieval theatre to contemporary Palestinian fiction.

Applying your skills in practice

You’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills in a real-world context by getting involved with one of our four student-run literary journals: Cake, Lux, Flash and Errant. In your first year of studies, you’ll choose from mini-module options designed to enhance your professional skills, like Creating a Literary Tour. You’ll also have the chance to attend our literature-specific careers workshops.

Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for an internship with the Richardson Institute for Peace Studies, based in our department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, which could see you contribute to a real-world research project with organisations such as think tanks and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).


Studying English Literature and Philosophy will equip you with a host of transferable skills that will prepare you for a rich variety of exciting careers. Your ability to handle complex ideas, think critically, and communicate and debate effectively will be highly sought-after by a range of employers.

You might choose to pursue a career in, say:

  • Media, journalism and public relations
  • Civil and Diplomatic services
  • Politics and government
  • Publishing
  • International charities and non-governmental organisations
  • Advertising
  • Teaching

You might also seek to go onto further study, developing your expertise by taking a Master’s degree or PhD.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring that you gain a highly reputable degree. We are also dedicated to ensuring that you 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 activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development.

Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.






Fees and funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2024/25 are:

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£9,250 £23,750

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The information on this site relates primarily to 2025/2026 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

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