An engaging programme of study which examines English literature and philosophy, and how the two disciplines connect and overlap within our cultural and intellectual landscape.
Year 1 entry: 96–112 UCAS points (or equivalent)
Foundation Year entry: 48 UCAS points (or equivalent)
BA (single honours)
3 years (full-time)
4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year
4 years (full-time) if opting for Foundation Year entry
TBC (if choosing Foundation Year)
Year 1 entry: 96–112 UCAS points (or equivalent)
We welcome applications from students studying T-Levels.
For all courses we also accept a wide range of other qualifications and experience. Contact us to find out more.
When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential, and can offer flexibility in entry requirements. Find out more about our Contextual Offer scheme.
General entry requirements:
The 2022 Complete University Guide ranks Roehampton top in London and ninth in the UK for student satisfaction in English.
Explore the way literature has been shaped by the city of London, visit the museums and theatres, and attend philosophy talks and seminars hosted by the Royal Institute of Philosophy.
Tailor your degree to your own interests by choosing from an unusually broad range of modules in both English literature and philosophy.
Course and Module Details
From the Ancient Greeks and Romantic poets to contemporary writers, philosophy and literature frequently overlap. Philosophers often develop their ideas through literary methods, and literary writers often explore serious philosophical concepts. This course in English Literature and Philosophy will allow you to consider the important and universal questions common to both subjects and reach a deeper understanding of yourself and your intellectual and cultural landscape.
You will learn to think logically and express yourself clearly, to sympathetically analyse a wide range of viewpoints across contexts and to read texts critically and creatively. As a result, you will develop the skills to become a careful and analytical reader, a rigorous and independent researcher, and a clear and creative and writer.
Each year, you will take one compulsory module which provides clear connections between literature and philosophy. In your first year, you will receive an introduction to philosophical and literary methods, an introduction to key concepts in both disciplines, and the opportunity to apply these to contemporary works of literature and film. In the second and third year, you will develop a more detailed understanding of the relationship between the two subjects, as well as being able to choose options from both the English Literature and Philosophy degree programmes, tailoring your degree to your own interests. Both subject areas specialise in the history of literature and philosophy, and in contemporary issues including feminism, gender, politics, and environmentalism.
You will graduate with highly employable skills, able to read and analyse difficult texts, write effectively and persuasively and be able to work in a team. You will benefit from being taught by staff with diverse research areas, who apply their research directly to their teaching. You will receive face-to-face teaching through seminars and lectures, and you will participate in online forums as part of your assessment.
Schedule by year of study
Receive an introduction to the key fundamentals of philosophy as a discipline, as well as its application to contemporary social and ethical problems.
Immerse yourself in a wide range of classical and modern literature, and explore London through texts ranging from Dickens’s Night Walks to Zadie Smith’s
Develop a range of techniques enabling you to critically evaluate source material, construct and analyse philosophical arguments, and present your own position with confidence and clarity.
Participate in the ‘Literature and Philosophy’ module, where you will explore the deep connections between the two disciplines.
Deepen your understanding of Philosophy and English Literature systematically, with a range of modules exploring detailed theoretical, historical, and ethical concepts in each subject.
Tailor your degree with a diverse selection of optional modules, that range from Continental Philosophy and Metaphysics, to Romantic Literature and Writing Multicultural Britain.
Hone your skills of analysis and argument by choosing from a range of advanced modules, from contemporary political philosophy and Marxism to Early Modern Gender and Shakespeare.
Participate in cutting-edge modules led by your lecturers’ research specialisms in areas such as Animal Rights, Environmental Ethics, and Contemporary Dystopian Literature.
Undertake a dual-supervised English and Philosophy dissertation, allowing you to pursue your own research interests and develop your independent research and critical analysis skills.
This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree.
Why take a placement?
A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience, to build on the career skills we will teach you on this degree. The connections you make on the placement will improve your career prospects further, and equip you with the skills you need to secure graduate-level employment.
How we support you
The University’s Placement and Work Experience Team are experts at helping you to secure a placement. They will work closely with you from the start, helping you research potential employers, discover placement opportunities, create and pitch your CV, and will coach you to perform well in interviews. We aren't able to guarantee a placement, but our sector-leading advisors will give you the best possible chance of securing one.
We understand that your plans might change once you start your programme. If you decide not to do a placement, you will have the option of completing the three year version of your programme.
Whatever your choice, you will have access to many opportunities for work experience through our Placement and Work Experience Team, and access to face-to-face and 24/7 online careers support.
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
This course is offered as a degree with foundation year - a four-year programme which provides an additional foundation year at the beginning of the degree, that will give you academic and practical experience, as well as the skills you need to ensure you are equipped to successfully complete your chosen degree.
Foundation Year entry: 48 UCAS points (or equivalent)
Tuition fees and funding
September 2022 entry tuition fees
Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.
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This course has the option of studying abroad as part of your degree in your second semester of second year.
With Roehampton Abroad scholarships of up to £1,000 and Turing Scheme funding available, you could spend a semester at one of our partner universities across the globe, with destinations including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.
Find out more about where your degree could take you here.
You will graduate equipped to succeed in a wide range of careers, including publishing, marketing, politics, teaching, the civil service, journalism, business, commerce, broadcasting, law, the charity sector, and teaching.
Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.
How to apply
How to join us in January or February 2022
How to join us in September 2022
- Home (UK) students – apply through UCAS (Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48)
- International students – apply using our direct application form.
If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.
Application process FAQs
If you are applying to us for a full-time degree or extended degree programme, you will need to apply online through UCAS, or direct, depending on the start date of your course and your fee status. Please see tabs above. And don't hesitate to contact us at the same time. Either fill in an online enquiry form, or contact us at the details below!
This is the official applications service for the UK, and they will send your application details to each of the universities you have listed on your application.
When you register with UCAS, you will also receive a username and password so that you can access your application at a later date.
It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages on our website.
Contact us directly if you have any questions.
Yes we will take into account the ongoing disruption and impact that Coronavirus has had on applicants when considering the results of students applying to us.
The Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48.
Your school, college or centre will give you a buzzword so you can link your application to them. You add this word to your application when you register to make an undergraduate application.
If you are applying independently, without a school or college, you do not need a buzzword.
If you are no longer at school or college you will need to apply to university as an independent applicant. When you register with UCAS they will give you a username and password so that you can complete your application whenever you like.
You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement and will also need to supply a reference from someone who knows you well, and is able to write about why you are suitable for higher education.
It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages.
Further guidelines can be found on the UCAS website.
Contact us directly if you have any other questions about applications.
No. UCAS will issue you with a username and password which you can use to log in whenever and wherever you want to work on your application.
There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, as long as you complete it within the deadlines set by UCAS and your school.
No, you can only send one UCAS application in each year’s application cycle, but this can include applications for up to five courses. Applying for more than one course will cost extra.
If you apply to university before the 15 January deadline you should have received decisions from each of the universities you apply to by 31 March 2020. In this case, you will need to make your replies about which to accept by 5 May 2020.
If you applied after the January deadline, or one or more of your universities hasn’t made a decision on your application by the end of March, other reply dates will apply – please do contact us to find out more.
You can accept two courses – one firm choice and one insurance choice.
If you meet the requirements of your firm choice, then you will be expected to take that place, so you need to be sure that the course you have accepted firmly is the one you want to do.
If you miss the grades for your firm choice and meet the requirements for your insurance choice you will be expected to take up that place.
If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into Clearing and cannot go to your insurance choice.
If you apply through UCAS and we make you an offer, we will ordinarily make you one of the following types of offer:
This offer requires you to meet particular academic or other conditions before you can join the course of study you have applied for. This could be a combination of grade, scores or subjects and will be outlined in the offer communication that you receive.
An unconditional offer has no conditions attached. Unconditional offers are often made to students who already have their achieved qualification grades and who are returning to education after a gap year or a period of time in work.
If Roehampton is your firm choice, and you have not met your conditions, please check UCAS track, we may be able to show some flexibility, although this is not guaranteed.
If you have missed the conditions of your firm choice, but met the conditions of your Insurance choice. Congratualtions, you will be studying at your Insurance choice. If you miss the conditions for both your firm and Insurance choice, then UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing.
Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more advice about what happens on results day.
If you would like any advice on this, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options.
If you are applying to university from the UK or European Union (EU), irrespective of your nationality, you must submit your UCAS application before the January deadline in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration. The deadline for the 2022 cycle is Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 18:00.
We understand that there are many reasons why you may not be able to meet this deadline. With this in mind, Roehampton will still consider applications received after the January deadline, if there are places available on the course.
The University of Roehampton welcomes the introduction of T Levels and is delighted to confirm that we will be able to accept them across the majority of our programmes. Students will be able to apply using T Levels for both three year and four year undergraduate degrees. UCAS Tariff requirements for each programme, will be made available on programme webpages.
Yes, if you accepted an offer of study at us or another University through UCAS, you have 14 days in which you can change your response, and you can do so by contacting UCAS.
If you want to change your mind, please do get in touch to discuss your options with us. Call us on 0208 392 3314.
If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2022, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.
Clearing a service that is available between July and September to help people find places on higher education courses. You may be eligible for Clearing if any of the following are relevant to you:
- you have applied this year but have not gained a place
- you have declined your offers
- you have not previously applied to UCAS for entry this year.
Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.
You can find more information on our financial support pages.
Yes, we have a wide range of on-campus and off-campus student residences. You will be guaranteed University accommodation if you are applying for September 2021, January 2022 or September 2022 entry.
Find out more about our accommodation and accommodation guarantee here.
Yes to find out more visit our care leavers webpage.
We can support you to transfer to Roehampton from another university, into the relevant year of study. Find out more here.
UCAS offers a number of helpful articles on the process of applying to universities. You can also find advice and guidance from the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team here.
Dr Angie Pepper
I’m Angie, I’m a Lecturer in Philosophy and I convene the module in Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics.Read More
Dr Angie Pepper
I’m Angie, I’m a Lecturer in Philosophy and I convene the module in Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics. I also teach undergraduate courses in ethics and political philosophy. I joined Roehampton in 2020 and I have really enjoyed working closely with my students on the moral, social, and political issues that matter to them. The best things about Philosophy at Roehampton are the friendly teaching team who have varied and exciting research interests, and the time and support that we are able to give each student to help them realise their full potential.
Dr Tom O'Shea
My name is Tom, and I'm a senior lecturer on the programme. I teach modules in ethics and political philosophy - helping students to think about topics like freedom, justice, and power.Read More
Dr Tom O'Shea
My name is Tom, and I'm a senior lecturer on the programme. I teach modules in ethics and political philosophy - helping students to think about topics like freedom, justice, and power. Some of that teaching looks at the history of the ideas that shape our world, and it asks what the past can teach us about the challenges we face in the present. My own philosophical research focuses on what it means to be free, and that's a theme that I explore in my classes. I'm also keen to get students interested in the ways that they can make a real difference in our societies as philosophers - contributing rigour and creativity to debates about everything from economic inequality and political oppression to healthcare and romantic desire.
Dr Shelley Trower
Hello, I’m Shelley and I’ll be teaching Life Stories this coming year.Read More
Dr Shelley Trower
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Professor Jane Kingsley-Smith
Hi, I’m Jane. I am a Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Roehampton, and I tend to pop up in the curriculum wherever Shakespeare shows his face, which might be in the first year or on a Literary Renaissance course or on Tragedy in the third year.Read More
Professor Jane Kingsley-Smith
Hi, I’m Jane. I am a Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Roehampton, and I tend to pop up in the curriculum wherever Shakespeare shows his face, which might be in the first year or on a Literary Renaissance course or on Tragedy in the third year. I’m also the Deputy Dean of the School for Learning and Teaching, so it’s my job to make sure you have a brilliant and rewarding learning experience with us. My research interest is mainly in Shakespeare’s Sonnets – how they’ve been understood historically and which ones have been most popular - but I’m also very interested in Shakespeare on Film. When I have some time off, I love to go to the ballet (Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet is actually better than Shakespeare’s) but I’m equally happy watching Succession on Netflix.
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