This integrated Master’s degree has a strong contemporary feel while combining literary study with the professional and vocational skills needed to equip you for future employment no matter what career you choose to enter.
Most English degrees divide literary study into different historical periods, such as Medieval, Shakespearean and Romantic, and work chronologically through them. We however divide our units not by historical period but by subject theme. What’s more there is a strong emphasis on writing and communication, and this includes business writing, journalism and writing for the media. There is also the opportunity to pursue a creative pathway all the way through the degree.
As well as learning on campus, you’ll get to the opportunity to experience literary study in a real-world setting. If you pursue a four-year course you’ll complete a four-week placement, alternatively for a five-year course you’ll do 30-weeks in industry. The placement is a key feature in developing your abilities and understanding of the workplace. It also offers you a platform for entering a wide variety of professions after graduation.
The entry requirements for this course are 112 to 120 tariff points, from 3 A-Levels, including 32 points in a required subject, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each of the 4 components, or equivalent.
For English we are looking for applicants who can:
Demonstrate both intellectual and creative abilities
Work well within a team as well as individually
Demonstrate good presentation skills
Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.
Adaptation: The study of adaptation focusing on key perspectives and debates, such as fidelity and medium-specificity. Case studies will include adaptations from a wide range of media, including film, television, comic books and the internet, and will cover classic and popular texts.
Media & Society: This unit looks into mass communication media such as newspapers, radio, TV and the internet, with particular emphasis on public service broadcasting, regulation, globalisation and the relationship between politicians and government and the media. You´ll examine current challenges that come from hybridisation, digitisation, segmentation, popular culture and dumbing down.
Approaches to Literature: Introducing you to literature and associated perspectives, this unit takes multiple literary forms including prose, drama and poetry. You´ll concentrate on analysing and evaluating individual texts and using these to introduce perspectives and contextual factors at thematic and structural levels.
Language Matters: Offering a theoretical basis for understanding language interactions in various media, this unit examines attitudes and prejudices towards styles of English and the various uses of language in everyday situations and contexts, including persuasive, interactive and communicative.
Academic & Writing Skills: Introducing you to the practical skills of academic study, ensuring you make a smooth transition to Higher Education. You will also begin to develop high skills in academic writing, journalistic and creative writing, this unit emphasises the differences between audience and appropriate types of writing.
Forms & Contexts: Introducing you to the main literary forms of fiction, drama, and poetry, and associated critical perspectives. You will understand how literature is influenced by its historical, social and cultural context.
Modernism & Postmodernism: Through a selection of texts, you´ll explore modernism and postmodernism, two of the major literary and artistic movements in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. You´ll also look at their historical and cultural perspectives and influences.
Narrative Structures: You´ll develop analysis and evaluations of a variety of contemporary narrative texts from sources such as film, television, journalism, magazines, the internet and prose fiction.
Children´s Literature: This unit examines the relationship between narrative form and content, and the literary, social and cultural context in which children’s literature has been produced.
Gender & Sexuality: Representations of gender and sexuality will be considered in novels, plays and other writing from the last 200 years.
Writing for the Media: Strengthen your professional writing abilities and develop your understanding of the formats and conventions employed in writing for a range of media. You´ll develop judgement skills using a range of media texts.
Option units (choose one)
Popular Texts & Intertexts
Media: Messages & Meanings
A minimum 4-week placement or optional 30-week (minimum) placement. Including this in your degree is a key feature in developing your abilities and understanding of the workplace. It also offers you a platform for entering the professions after graduation. Our placement team will help you find a position in a wide range of organisations, including publishing companies, advertising agencies, schools and newspapers.
Cultures & Materialities: An introduction to working with contemporary collaborative media and the historical differences and continuities in literature’s production, storage and display. From the pre-Gutenberg era to digitalised print, you´ll study literary cultural production as part of a broad cultural and media history.
Narrating Identities: An opportunity to study a number of genres that can loosely be defined as life writing. Critical approaches to biography, autobiography, autobiographical fiction and film biopic will be analysed in a theoretical framework to help you generate the critical vocabulary and cultural literacy needed for detailed analysis. You´ll explore notions such as cultural identity, dominant ideology and emerging or oppositional cultural narratives.
Mediating the Nation: The relationship between cultural production and a series of changing historical and political contexts in contemporary Britain. More specifically, you´ll consider cultural constructions of Britain, Britons and Britishness. By analysing a range of literary and cultural forms, you´ll explore how these things have been constructed and legitimised through culture historically. This unit will also look at how two historical developments have had a significant impact on how Britishness has been culturally constructed: the transition away from imperialism and political devolution across the United Kingdom.
Option units (choose three)
Crime & Terror
Fact & Fiction
News & Journalism
New Media Narrative
Writing, Editing & Publishing
Transient Literature & Serial Storytelling
Space, Place & Environment
Media & Trauma
Markets & Audiences
Literature & Controversy
Dissertation or Major Project
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