Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
First-year Language modules cover the essentials of English Language for undergraduate study: the technical and conceptual analysis of language (‘Theories of Language’ and ‘Sounds, Structures and Words’) and the key skills in carrying out language research (‘Investigating Language’).
Your Literature modules (‘Poetry’, ‘Prose’ and ‘Plays and Performance’) will introduce you to a range of genres and periods and help you to develop the close reading skills needed to analyse all kinds of texts from medieval plays and early modern poetry, to nineteenth-century novels and contemporary drama.
As a key feature of the first year you will have the opportunity of combining the study of the two disciplines in the module ‘Language for Literature’, which allows you to explore how these disciplines enrich each other.
Details of first year modules
On the Language side you will continue to develop your research skills in the core ‘Research Skills in English Language’ module and will choose two modules from a list of options.
On the Literature side of your course you will be able to choose two modules in ‘Histories of Literature’. You will also have the opportunity to engage with Shakespeare’s work in our exciting Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean module, taught in collaboration with Birmingham’s world-leading Shakespeare Institute. Alternatively, you will have the option of exploring one of our 'Themes in Literature' modules.
Details of second year modules
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year.
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In your final year you will undertake independent research, which will be the culmination of your development as an undergraduate researcher. This can either be a 20 credit Language Investigation and a 20 credit Literature Extended Essay, or you can choose to complete a 40 credit Dissertation in one discipline.
Apart from this, your final year modules are entirely optional. You will choose two Language Special Subjects and two Literature Special Subjects.
Details of final year modules