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 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent.
Numeracy and Literacy requirement: GCSE English and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.
A-level and AS levels: 104 – 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A-levels.
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate – Skills Challenge Certificate: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Access to HE Diploma: 102 – 118 UCAS tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.
International entry requirements
English language requirements
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:
If English is not your first language you´ll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.
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: Texts from across popular media including literary, cinematic, televisual and graphic genres will be examined.
Media: Messages & Meanings:This unit examines how messages are constructed, conveyed and received over a range of media and by different audiences.
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.
Markets & Audiences
Culture & Controversy
Dissertation or Major Project
This course is a solid preparation for any career where clear communication is essential. The emphasis of the final year will be on work-based learning and the acquisition of advanced research skills, making you even more employable once you´ve graduated from this course.
You will acquire enhanced career prospects and Master’s-level skills that will give you a head start when looking for a job.
90% of our students who study English courses are working or studying 6 months after graduating.
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