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BA (Hons)English Literature

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Overview

English Literature is a BA Hons degree offered by the Department of Literature, Language and Theatre. It allows you to specialise in the study of poetry, the novel, film and theatre, while also incorporating courses from a variety of other subject pathways.

This programme emphasises the literature of the last two centuries, and English literature is interpreted broadly to include drama and visual narratives as well as fiction and poetry, visual art, film and theatre. The programme looks at the historical, social and cultural contexts in which texts are produced and received. Full advantage is taken of our culturally and historically rich location and proximity to central London. Visits to theatres, art galleries and museums are integral to many modules.

Programme structure

Year 1
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Literary Forms of Representation (30 credits)
Case Studies in Short Fiction (30 credits)
The Canon: A Short History of Western Literature (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Mandarin 1 (30 credits)
Mandarin 2 (30 credits)
Mandarin 3 (30 credits)
Mandarin 4 (30 credits)
Screen Now (30 credits)
Writing for Stage and Screen (30 credits)
Writing Poetry and Prose (30 credits)
English For Academic Purposes 6 (30 credits)
English for Academic Purposes 7 (30 credits)
European Languages (French 1) (30 credits)
European Languages (French 2) (30 credits)
European Languages (French 3) (30 credits)
European Languages (French 4) (30 credits)
The Changing Faces of Britain 1707 – 1918 (30 credits)
European Languages (Italian 1) (30 credits)
European Languages (Italian 2) (30 credits)
European Languages (Italian 3) (30 credits)
European Languages (Italian 4) (30 credits)
Writing for the Media (30 credits)
How to Argue: Critical Reasoning & Current Debates (30 credits)
European Languages (Spanish 1) (30 credits)
European Languages (Spanish 2) (30 credits)
European Languages (Spanish 3) (30 credits)
European Languages (Spanish 4) (30 credits)

Year 2
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Literature in Context: Fiction since 1800 (30 credits)
Literature in Context: Poetry and Drama since 1800 (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

American Fictions (30 credits)
International Bestsellers (30 credits)
Shakespeare, Then and Now (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

American Fictions (30 credits)
Mandarin 1 (30 credits)
Mandarin 2 (30 credits)
Mandarin 3 (30 credits)
Mandarin 4 (30 credits)
International Cinemas (30 credits)
Advanced Poetry Writing (30 credits)
Playwriting (30 credits)
Short Story Writing (30 credits)
International Bestsellers (30 credits)
English For Academic Purposes 6 (30 credits)
English for Academic Purposes 7 (30 credits)
Shakespeare, Then and Now (30 credits)
European Languages (French 1) (30 credits)
European Languages (French 2) (30 credits)
European Languages (French 3) (30 credits)
European Languages (French 4) (30 credits)
European Languages (Italian 1) (30 credits)
European Languages (Italian 2) (30 credits)
European Languages (Italian 3) (30 credits)
European Languages (Italian 4) (30 credits)
Writing Journalism for the Digital Age (30 credits)
Language Research Project (French, Italian, Spanish) (30 credits)
European Languages (Spanish 1) (30 credits)
European Languages (Spanish 2) (30 credits)
European Languages (Spanish 3) (30 credits)
European Languages (Spanish 4) (30 credits)

Year 3
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Literature and Publishing Since 1820 (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.

The Literature of the Gothic (30 credits)
English in World Literatures: Postcolonial and Transnational Writing (30 credits)
Contemporary Writing and Critical Theory (30 credits)
Contemporary British Theatre (30 credits)
School for Scandal: The Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Mandarin 2 (30 credits)
Mandarin 3 (30 credits)
Mandarin 4 (30 credits)
Cinema & Space (30 credits)
The Literature of the Gothic (30 credits)
Novel Writing (30 credits)
Contemporary Writing and Critical Theory (30 credits)
Contemporary British Theatre (30 credits)
English For Academic Purposes 6 (30 credits)
English for Academic Purposes 7 (30 credits)
School for Scandal: The Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century (30 credits)
Dissertation (LLT) (30 credits)
Work Placement (LTT) Level 6 (30 credits)
European Languages (French 2) (30 credits)
European Languages (French 3) (30 credits)
European Languages (French 4) (30 credits)
European Languages (Italian 2) (30 credits)
European Languages (Italian 3) (30 credits)
European Languages (Italian 4) (30 credits)
Digital Journalism in Practice (30 credits)
Language Research Project (French, Italian, Spanish) (30 credits)
Love, Tragedy and Cruelty: The Philosophy of Drama and Literature (30 credits)
Contemporary Publishing (30 credits)
European Languages (Spanish 2) (30 credits)
European Languages (Spanish 3) (30 credits)
European Languages (Spanish 4) (30 credits)

Career opportunities

Career options include teaching, journalism, publishing, the media, and arts administration, as well as roles in central or local government, and social work. You may also go on to postgraduate study. Some of these career options may require further training.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States