Final year modules


A 12,000-word essay on a subject of your choice, supervised by an expert in the field.

(40 credits)

Special Subjects

Four options (20 credits each) from our Special Subjects. Choose from a vast range of specialist modules, including:

  • The American Renaissance;
  • Beat Writing and its Aftermath;
  • Chaucer:
  • Pre-Modern Writing and Post-Modern Reading;
  • Contemporary American Fiction;
  • Contemporary Irish Writing;
  • Fantasy and Fandom;
  • Gossip, Scandal and Celebrity;
  • Imagining the Digital;
  • James and Wharton;
  • John Donne and the Metaphysical Poets;
  • Last Year’s Novels;
  • Literary Modernism;
  • Literature and Politics in the 1930s;
  • Literature and the Law;
  • Lyrical Ballads;
  • Medieval Manuscripts;
  • The Modernist Novel;
  • New York, New York;
  • Paradise Lost: Texts and Contexts;
  • Plays, Pageants and the Spectacular;
  • Postcolonial Poetry and Poetics;
  • Postmodern Historical Fictions;
  • Reading and Popular Culture;
  • Reading and Writing Scotland;
  • Remembering World War One;
  • Shakespeare’s Afterlives;
  • Shakespeare and Music;
  • Spenserian Landscapes;
  • T. S. Eliot;
  • Utopia and its Discontents;
  • Victorian Literature and Science;
  • Victorian Literature and Travel;
  • Viragos, Coquettes and Prudes.


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.