The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
Your first year of study is split equally between English Literature and History of Art (60 credits in each subject). Following this, you have flexible options to alter your balance of study, meaning that you could take 80 credits in one subject and 40 in the other in either or both of years 2 and 3, or stay with the 60/60 balance.
Your first-year modules in Joint Honours English will introduce you to the key genres of English Literature across a wide historical and international span, and train you in new ways of thinking about literature. By studying compulsory modules on 'Poetry', 'Prose' and 'Plays and Performance', you will develop the close reading skills needed to analyse all kinds of texts, from medieval plays and early modern poetry to contemporary drama. You will also develop new understanding of how the historical and cultural contexts in which literature is produced and read can shape its meaning.
History of Art: This is your foundation year and you will take two compulsory modules: 'Historical Concepts in the History of Art' and 'Debates and Methods in the History of Art' that will introduce the methods and concepts employed in the study of Art History. The optional modules provide an outline of selected key historical periods and themes in the history of art.
: The second year of your degree is an excellent opportunity to build on the new interests and passions that you discovered in your first-year modules. You can choose between modules in 'Histories of Literature' to deepen your knowledge and understanding of all literary periods from medieval to the present day. If you take 80 credits in English you will take the Shakespeare module - 'Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean' - as a compulsory module.
History of Art: If you are taking 80 or 60 credits of History of Art, you have two compulsory modules to take 'Research Techniques in the History of Art' and 'Art History in the Field' a European Study Trip funded by the University (recent destinations include Prague, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Bruges and Vienna). Your optional modules will allow you to acquire a greater depth of knowledge by focusing on a number of more specific subjects.
You will have the option to take a year abroad between your second and final year at one of a wide range of carefully selected partner institutions from around the world.
: Depending on whether you elect to take 80, 60 or 40 credits in English Literature, you will take a number of the Special Subject modules plus either a 12,000-word Dissertation or a 6,000-word Extended Essay on a subject of your choice, for which you will be supervised by an expert in the field.
History of Art: In your final year you will study four special subject modules in depth and in detail, you can choose to undertake a dissertation that also gives you the chance to develop your research skills.