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Philosophy with Computing, English or Theology

BA, DipHE, CertHE

If you’re interested in studying Philosophy with another discipline, this joint degree is the ideal option. 75 per cent of your degree is made up from courses in Philosophy, with the remaining 25 per cent from either Theology, English or Computing.

The deep questions that define the subject matter of philosophy form the basis of this combined degree. You’ll explore a range of philosophical works, introducing you to issues and debates that will carry relevance to the study of these minor disciplines.

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The deep questions that define the subject matter of philosophy form the basis of this combined degree.

Combined degree - Philosophy major:

If you combine Philosophy with Theology, you’ll gain new perspectives on the philosophy of religion. You’ll analyse the philosophical scrutiny of claims made by religious believers and explore diverse questions such as the nature and existence of God, and the compatibility of divine omniscience and human freedom.

If you combine Philosophy with English, you will come to understand the co-dependencies between the disciplines. You will be better positioned to ask why the Romantic poets explored Longinus’s concept of the sublime, how American literature derived its ‘Transcendental’ school from Kantian philosophy, and discuss how Sartre aids our understanding of Samuel Beckett’s plays.

If you combine Philosophy with Computing, you’ll be able to relate the study of aesthetics in physical, intellectual and digital forms, and scrutinise the ethical questions that surround the adoption of artificial intelligence. You’ll complement your philosophical studies with suitable questions of ethics and social issues that relate to information technology.

Course details

You complete 12 courses for the BA, 8 courses for the DipHE, or 4 courses for the CertHE.

Some of your minor subjects have pathways (routes to follow at each stage) or prerequisites (courses you need to take ahead of another), so plan your route carefully to ensure it meets your needs.

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Independent study

For our combined degrees, we supply learning materials which are specially designed for distance learning. You will also have access to a significant range of online resources, including a fully supported Virtual Learning Environment and online library.

Study materials

We send you the core study materials you need to complete the programme. These include a Programme Handbook of practical information (such as how to enter exams), subject guides for each course you choose, and past exam papers and commentaries, which give you valuable tips for performing well in exams.

Find sample study materials on Stage 1 course pages.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual and revision guides, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
  • The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.

The support you receive also differs slightly depending on your minor subject.

  • English / Computing minor: you have the opportunity to take part in online workshops for these courses and receive personalised feedback on coursework.
  • Theology minor: you will receive online/printed resources and have access to a comprehensive virtual learning environment, but will not receive any tutor support.


All courses are assessed by an unseen written exam (except ‘Introduction to Creative Writing’, which is assessed by coursework). You also submit a formative piece of work for all Stage 1 English courses.

If you take Computing as your minor, you will submit coursework for most of your Computing courses.

Exams are usually held in May/June each year.

More about exams.

For access to the BA or DipHE (major in Philosophy), you will usually meet the following criteria:

For access to the CertHE (major in English):

  • Age 18+ by 01 September in the year of registration.
  • Three GCSEs (Grade C) or equivalent.

If you choose Computing as your minor subject and take Computing and Information Systems courses (CIS), you will also need the equivalent of a GCSE grade C in a mathematics-related subject. If you choose take Computing and Cognition courses (CC), you will need a grade B.

Even if you don’t meet the standard requirements (including age), we will consider each application on its own merits. Our Admissions Panel will consider whether any alternative/incomplete qualifications or work experience you have are suitable for entry to the programme.

I don’t meet the entry requirements. What can I do?

English Language requirements

You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.

Do I meet the language requirements?

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

More about computer requirements.

Can I transfer credits from other awards?

If you have studied material as part of a previous qualification that is comparable in content and standard, you might be exempted from the equivalent course for the University of London degree. This is known as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), Credit Transfer or Exemption. We can award this towards the BA degree (up to four courses) and the DipHE (up to two courses).

More about Accreditation of Prior Learning.

The fees below relate to the 2017-2018 session. These may increase by up to 5% per year.

Academic Year2017-2018
Annual registration fee£ 883
English course£ 318
Computing full course / half course£ 318 / £ 159
Philosophy course£ 224
Theology course£ 252
Examination resit fees 
Computing full course / half course£ 93
English course£ 219
Philosophy course£ 170
Theology course£ 170

Your total fee will depend on your minor subject and the length of time it takes you to complete your qualification. The course fee reflects the level of support available (English courses receive greater online support than Philosophy, for example) and includes one examination attempt.

Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year)
  • Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

How to pay your fees.

Studying a combined degree with a major in Philosophy will equip you with skills for a wide range of contexts. You will develop your analytical skills and apply them to a range of creative or functional situations.

As a graduate of this combined degree, your strengths will include understanding complex ideas, communicating effectively, and making persuasive arguments. This will be useful for careers in public service, research, advertising, journalism, arts administration and cultural heritage.

What do employers think of our graduates?

These combined degrees draw on the academic expertise of three of the University of London’s member institutions.

  • The courses in Philosophy are developed by Birkbeck, University of London, which has one of the highest ranking Philosophy departments in the UK.
  • Courses in English and Computing are development by Goldsmiths, University of London – one of the country’s leading creative universities.
  • The Theology courses are now directed by the University of London (formerly Heythrop College).

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.

Dr Maggie Cooper - Programme Director, Goldsmiths

Dr Maggie Cooper - Goldsmiths

"The Combined Degree Scheme (CDS) offers great flexibility, providing a bridge between the humanities and science."