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BA (Hons)English

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Overview

Our English degree programme gives you the flexibility to combine the study of Literature and Language in a balance that suits you.

You can maintain an equal balance of both subjects throughout your degree, or you can choose to specialise in either Literature or Language. We offer Literature modules covering a wide range of texts, genres and themes from the early medieval period to the present day. Our Language modules aim to provide understanding of the historical, social and psychological factors that shape the English language used in everyday life.

Subject is available through Honours. More information here

Programme structure

Programme Year One

Six core modules

Year One ensures that you have a foundation on which to go on to study literature or language modules in your next two years. In addition to the six core English modules, you take a further two modules from an extremely wide range of options offered by other departments in the University, usually from within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences but also from other disciplines throughout the University (note that, in some cases, A level study in a relevant subject may be a prerequisite).

Programme Year Two

Optional modules to the value of 120 credits

You choose a package of modules to reflect your own strengths and interests. You can create an individual degree programme with many different kinds of emphasis – for example, stressing the earlier historical periods, or the more modern, or literary theory, drama, poetry, fiction, or language description. We offer a selection of more than 40 modules to choose from, with only a few simple restrictions to ensure breadth of study. We constantly monitor the curriculum, to ensure that the programme reflects current developments in the subject, and conforms to national requirements. The way your choices are guided may therefore vary, although options available and the principle of flexibility combined with range will remain constant. Literature modules in Year Two are designed as period courses providing an overview of the major periods of literary history.

Language modules in Year Two are designed to offer you a sample of major approaches to the analysis of language and text. The modules build on the familiarity with basic analytical and interpretative concepts introduced in Year One and extend them in a range of ways.

The current modules in Year Two are:

American Literature
Drama 1580-1730*
Romantic and Pre-Romantic Literature*
The History of English
Medieval Narratives*
Milton to Dr Johnson*
Pragmatics
Psycholinguistics
Renaissance Poetry and Prose*
Victorian Literature
Creativity

It is also possible to take a small number of modules which are compatible with English through other departments (such as Irish Studies)

  • To ensure that individual programmes of study include familiarity with earlier literature, if you opt for any literature modules, you must take a minimum of 30 credits on earlier periods. This requirement is usually fulfilled in Year Two.

Programme Year Three

Optional modules to the value of 120 credits, which may include a dissertation on a subject of your own choice for 30 credits.

In Year Three, many Single Honours students write a dissertation (worth 30 credits) and make up the remaining 90 points by choosing from a range of modules. The only restriction is that, if you want to take any literature modules, you must have taken at least one literature module in Year Two; and, similarly, to take any language modules, you must have taken at least one language module in Year Two.

Literature modules in Year Three are designed to allow greater specialisation and generic and/or thematic focus against the background of period knowledge provided by the Year Two modules. Language modules are intended to further extend the range and scope of your familiarity with linguistic enquiry: topic areas are covered which lend themselves to independent empirical research.

The current modules in Year Three include the following, though not all are on offer every year:

All Points North: Literature and the North of England
American Poetic Writing Since 1930
Analysing discourse
Attitudes to English
British Poetic Writing since 1930
Children’s Literature
Contemporary Writing
Creative Writing (Poetry)
Creative Writing (Prose)
Dissertation
Early Modern Women Writers
The Fin de Siècle
Language and Gender
Language and Literature
Modern American Fiction
Noir: Literature, Film and Art
Renaissance Travel Writing
Shakespeare, Stage to Page to Screen
Suspense and Sensibility: The Novel 1740-1824
Swift and the Scriblerians
Tale and Fable: Approaches to Narrative
Women Writers
Women Behaving Badly in 19th Century Fiction
Talking Pictures

It is also possible to take a small number of modules which are compatible with English through other departments (such as Irish Studies e.g. ‘Experiments in Irish Fiction’).

Career opportunities

Our graduates leave to take up a very wide range of careers. A number take up jobs in journalism, broadcasting, or advertising; some begin as management trainees in a variety of businesses; others start their careers in retailing, computing, librarianship, the arts or the Civil Service. Many go on to train further as teachers, or as solicitors or accountants; some pursue careers in teaching English as a foreign language.

Typical first jobs include:

Archivist Trainee
Banking Intern
Bookshop Manager
Civil Servant
Editor
English Teacher
Graduate Trainee
Human Resources Administrator
IT Consultant
Journalist
Librarian
Local Government Officer
Management Trainee
Publishing Assistant
Sales Executive
Writer

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