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 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
Our first year modules in BA English will introduce you to key genres of English Literature across a wide historical and international span and train you in new ways of thinking about literature. By studying core 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.
Alongside these literature focused modules, ‘Language for Literature’, taught by expert colleagues in English Language, will develop your technical skills and understanding of how literary texts are put together and how literary language works.
Enhancing these traditional subjects, the first year is also an opportunity for you to explore more creative options, according to your interests. Two ‘Creative Practice’ modules give you the chance to sample topics in Creative Writing, Drama, Film or Language. You will have the option of focusing more closely around these subjects in the second and third years of your BA English degree. Alternatively, you can choose to take one of our ‘Comparative Literary Cultures’.
In addition, you will also take a 'Widening Horizons' module in e.g. History, Psychology or Modern Languages. This is an excellent opportunity to continue a subject you enjoyed at A-Level, or to pursue a brand new interest.
Detailed description of first year modules
In your second year, you will be able to either keep your main focus on literature or combine your study of literature with another discipline on one of our Creative Practice pathways: Creative Writing, Drama; Film Studies and Language.
You will take our core Shakespeare module 'Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean'.
You will also choose ‘Histories of Literature’ modules to deepen your knowledge and understanding of different literary periods.
You will take one ‘Themes in Literature’ option module.
If you have chosen to take a Creative Practice pathway, you will replace two of your Histories of Literature modules with two of your Special Subject modules in this area
Detailed description 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 write a 12,000 word 'Dissertation' on a topic of your choice, guided and supported by a supervisor who is an expert in your area of interest.
You will also be able to choose four modules from a very wide range of 'Special Subjects', working closely with specialists in each field on modules such as:
If you have chosen to take a Creative Practice pathway, you will take two of your Special Subject modules in this area.
Detailed description of final year modules