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.