First-year English literature at Sheffield covers theory: how to read poetry and prose. Optional modules introduce you to theatre, cinema and creative writing. The second and third years explore key texts from every period from the Renaissance to Modernism and contemporary literature. You will spend roughly half your time in the Department of Philosophy, where you have the freedom to design your own curriculum. There are no compulsory modules. But the department covers an unusually wide range of topics, including courses on major figures such as Aristotle, Descartes and Hegel. The School of English at Sheffield plays a major role in the city’s cultural life. Our students get involved with theatre projects and organise literary festivals. Students from both departments work with communities, helping people from marginalised groups find a voice through engagement with the arts and humanities. Thinking about language is such an important part of philosophical inquiry that these two subjects are natural partners. Our graduates tend to be good thinkers, good readers and good writers. They’re creative, self-motivating. They have an eye for detail and an ear for nuance. Their particular blend of transferable skills means they’re right at home in TV, radio, marketing, publishing, PR and other sectors.