Year one modules


Poetry introduces you to the historical varieties of poetry in English, grouped by themes of love, loss and location. You will explore the relationships between poems by Chaucer, Wyatt, Donne, Herbert, Milton, Wordsworth, Dickinson, Plath, Larkin, Heaney and many others, and develop new skills in close reading.

(20 credits)

Plays and Performance

Plays and Performance trains you to analyse plays both as texts and as performances. Under the headings of comedy, tragedy and stage to screen, you will explore plays and films such as Coriolanus, The Rover, The Importance of Being Earnest, Romeo+Juliet and The History Boys and a play being performed in the local area.

(10 credits)


Prose introduces you to the historical and literary contexts in which prose fiction is written, and to a range of critical approaches to the genre. Texts include Wuthering Heights, Dracula, Heart of Darkness and Cane.

(20 credits)

Language for Literature

Language for Literature provides the opportunity to develop language knowledge and skills essential for literary study, including new ways of thinking about the structures, meanings and history of the English language.

(10 credits)

Creative Writing Foundation

Creative Writing Foundation introduces key issues and methodologies related to the study of Creative Writing as an academic discipline.

(20 + 20 credits) 

Contemporary Creative Writing

Contemporary Creative Writing investigates writing at a professional level. Writing successfully involves knowing the field. Which are the best publishers (small-press and mainstream)? Which novels, poetry collections and plays are winning awards? This module combines creative and critical work to assess your own work’s place in the contemporary literary scene.

(20 credits)



Modules and courses are constantly updated and under review. As with most academic programmes, please remember that it is possible that a module may not be offered in any particular year, for instance because a member of staff is on study leave or too few students opt for it. The University of Birmingham reserves the right to vary or withdraw any course or module.