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English Literature and Film Studies BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • A long, established English Literature course that has continually evolved with an excellent staff team of highly-skilled and enthusiastic lecturers who are experienced teachers and published researchers
  • Study diverse literatures emanating from the sixteenth through to the twenty-first centuries – and encompassing both ‘canonical’ and ‘marginal’ texts
  • Opportunities to play an active role in local and regional literature festivals, related events and a work project module
  • Strong emphasis on the development of advanced literacy and communication skills
  • Fantastic library collection of academic resources to include a variety of digital and on-line services
  • All Film Studies modules are assessed by coursework, not formal examinations
  • Small-class sizes, one-to-one tutorials and robust communication between students and staff
  • Research-led teaching by committed and enthusiastic academics
  • Opportunities to study abroad in the United States, Canada and across Europe

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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for English Literature and Film Studies.

In combination, these subject areas enable you to study English literature in some of the immensely varied contexts of its long history of production alongside the shorter history and impact of arguably the defining creative and communications medium of the past hundred years (film). Both situate these histories within the reading, writing and ‘seeing’ of 21st century life and experience.

English Literature provides opportunities to explore literatures from the 16th to 21st centuries, embracing both mainstream, ‘canonical’ and less familiar, ‘marginal’ texts. It invites you to share with your lecturers cutting-edge thinking in spheres as diverse as Shakespeare in translation, children’s literature, contemporary American writing and ecocriticism (the understanding of literary texts through exploration of the interconnections between human culture and organic and animal worlds). From the outset, you will develop skills of close and creative reading, as well as a critical awareness of the relationship between texts and their contexts. Increasingly as the course progresses, you will explore literature from a range of theoretical perspectives current throughout the humanities. This, in turn, will support you to specialise in the areas of literature that interest you most. There are also opportunities to explore relationships between literature and other kinds of expression, for example painting and illustration.

In Film Studies you are introduced to a wide range of film histories and cultures, covering everything from the Hollywood blockbuster to world cinema. You will study films from a variety of time periods, including recent releases. You will be encouraged to draw connections between your own experiences of cinema and film theory and there will be many opportunities, during your learning, to benefit from your lecturers’ cutting edge research in aspects of film – from, for example, the cultural meaning of zombie cinema to development of the British crime film. Learning takes place in the screening room and in lecture and seminar rooms and takes a variety of forms including small-group discussion, film screenings, lectures, seminars, one-to-one tutorials and essay preparation sessions. Strong emphasis is placed on interaction and debate between lecturers and students and between students themselves. Assignments are largely essays and presentations but there will be occasional opportunities, too, to work towards less conventional outcomes, including short films.

Both subject areas provide you with opportunities to benefit from your lecturers’ cutting edge research in aspects of literature and film – from investigation of the political purposes of Hamlet in translation to exploration of Buddhist American poetry, from the cultural meaning of zombie cinema, to development of the British crime film. Both courses also provide you with opportunities for work placements and volunteering designed to highlight how your learning is supporting your employability and to introduce you to some of the professional and employment possibilities that you could pursue once you have graduated.

If you are interested in the ways in which human beings communicate with one another, and how their visual and linguistic forms of communication shape meaning and ideology and seek to make sense of their societies, then studying English Literature and Film Studies together may well be an inspiring and engrossing course for you.


Entry requirements

Indicative entry requirements:

104 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend for interview and to provide a portfolio and a piece of written work for consideration

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Dr Tricia Connell
Admissions Tutor, English Literature
01905 855293

Joanne Henderson
Course Administrator
01905 542417       

Dr Mikel Koven
Course Leader, Film Studies
01905 855297

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

What is Literature?
Introduction to Film: Theory & Practice
Hollywood and Beyond


Module options:

English Literature Across the Centuries
English Renaissance Texts and Contexts
Creativity in Women’s Writing: Difference in View
Introduction to American Writing
Power, Sex and Identity in Restoration Literature
Science Fiction: Alternative Worlds
Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
Contemporary World Cinema
Truth, Reality and the Documentary Film

Year 2

Core modules:

Literary Criticism: Theory and Practice
Approaches to Film


Module options:

Shakespearean Comedy
Culture and Politics in Victorian Fiction
The Pre-Raphaelites: Word and Image
Children’s Literature
Literary England and the Great War, 1900 – 1930
The American Short Story
Enlightened Minds: Literature 1688 – 1760
Literature in English Around the World
Film Genre Studies
Film: Culture, Audience, Industry

Year 3

Core modules:



Module options:

Justice and Revenge in English Renaissance Drama
Love, Religion and Politics in English Renaissance Poetry
Fantasy and the 1980s
Cities and Fiction
American Writing and the Wilderness
Irish Writing since 1900
Literature in Film Adaptation
What Happens Now: Twenty-First Century Poetry Plus
Postcolonial Literature
Independent Research Project
Extended Independent Research Project
Independent Study
Film & Folklore
Film Reviewing
Studies in Cult & Exploitation Cinema
Underworld UK
Cinema and Modern Life
TV Times



Many English Literature graduates will progress to careers requiring good communication skills such as Public Relations or develop research careers with media or publishing companies. Throughout the English Literature degree there is a focus on developing employability which includes attractive opportunities for work experience, a credited work project module, and a career and professional development module. Students are also strongly encouraged to take up the opportunity to study abroad for a semester.

Film Studies develops student skills in practice-as-research and research-as-practice for a number of culture and media industries including exhibition, distribution, audience-based marketing, journalism, film education, curating, programming, filmmaking, screenwriting and further academic research.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

English Literature and Film Studies - QP3H

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Part-time applications

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