Humanities and Social Sciences Courses

High quality research and innovative teaching

Our courses provide students with the knowledge, practical experience and relevance to build the confidence and skills needed for their future careers. Most of our degrees are complemented by guest industry speakers, work placement modules and volunteering opportunities. With our philosophy coursey ou will explore the various foundational issues concerning knowledge, reality, the nature of the self, ethics and politics that constitute the scope of philosophy, and they are assisted to develop an understanding in depth of some of these.

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Students on the English Literature Course have the chance to participate in a ‘Live Literature project’, designed to provide real life work experience. Students have previously organised creative writing competitions and events, projects in schools, libraries and museums, literary tours, research internships, worked with literary festivals, book awards and organised a major ‘Comicon’ Event.

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The Religion, Culture and Society team have a wide variety of links with local, national and international faith and intercultural forums, faith schools and academic institutions, all of which provide valuable contacts for students wishing to enter professions related to teaching, ministry, inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue and relations.

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Our Film and Media Studies course has good links with local media companies such as the BBC, ITV, Lancashire Evening Post, Galaxy Radio and Rock FM. You can get involved with our on-campus student TV and radio station and will be offered an extensive career planning and work experience module to help you find jobs in TV, radio, film, marketing, teaching and research.

Our Courses

You will have the opportunity to enjoy field trips at home and abroad. Visits for courses in the school have included the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, Stratford upon Avon to see a Shakespeare play, various religious buildings in the North West, Auschwitz in Poland, the European Parliament in Brussels as well as Budapest, Istanbul, Paris and Rome.

We have an enthusiastic team of well-qualified teaching staff, who are research active and their research interests and expertise feed directly into many of the modules on the programmes.

Our Philosophy Degree Course develops students’ capacities for autonomous, self-initiated and independent intellectual enquiry, and fosters the development of distinctive graduate attributes and transferable analytical skills.

The English Language and Literature Course provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through the ELSIE Project, including planning for a conference, literature festival, reading project and more.

Some courses offer an optional placement module in industry, allowing students to gain real world experience, a benefit evident in improved performance in the final year and when competing for graduate jobs.

Students have the chance to study overseas by taking part in exchange programmes with our international network of partner universities in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, the USA and a number of European countries.

You also can build work experience into your studies, via modules offered through our Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership, some modules are accredited from the ILM. These modules offer placements with a wide range of community groups and voluntary organisations in areas such as music and the arts, environment and conservation, crime prevention, health and social welfare, sports, youth work, culture and heritage, ICT, PR and fundraising.