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BA (honours) in English Language & Literature

A Levels: AAB
UCAS Code: Q304

The BA in English Language & Literature is a fully integrated Single Honours programme taught by a team of world-class researchers who are passionate about teaching.

It offers a varied and intellectually-challenging programme to students who wish to study the interface between language and literature. Our students get to pick across the full range of modules available (including also film and creative writing). We have particular research strengths in Cognitive Stylistics and Historical Stylistics.

Our staff and students engage with a wide range of external partners and organisations; we collaborate with poets, artists, the archives of country houses, literacy charities, schools and galleries.

Applications and Further Details

All admissions enquiries should be directed to the English reception, on english.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk.

All general enquiries should be directed to Helen Penkethman, our English Language and Linguistics secretary (h.penkethman@sheffield.ac.uk).

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To apply for our BA in English Language and Literature please follow the link to the University Prospectus page.

Undergraduate prospectus 2018

Year 1

This is a list of the modules being offered to first year students on the BA in Language and Literature, with links to detailed descriptions of what you study on these modules.  Click on the links to read a description of the modules.  All modules are worth 20 credits, unless stated otherwise.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

For a short video on how your course will be structured, please visit the English Language and Literature First Year Structure video page.

Autumn modules

Spring modules

Year 2 p>In the second year, you take two core English Language and Literature modules, one in each semester.  These modules continue the work that you began in Practical Stylistics, exploring the language of literature:

You will then choose at least one module from English Language, and one from English Literature.

For your remaining 40 credits, you will take at least 20 credits within the School of English, which may be within English Language or English Literature.  Here is a list of some of the modules currently being offered within the School of English for second years. Please note that we do regularly update our programmes, so the list of optional modules will be different every year.

 You may choose to take 20 credits from outside the School of English, for example in a modern language, journalism, philosophy or history.

For further information on current available modules, please visit our Level two modules page.

Year 3

In the third year, you take at least two specialist modules that bring language and literature together. These modules allow you to specialise a little as you come to the end of your course, and work with a member of staff on an area that is closely related to his or her own research. The modules on offer change from year to year, but could include some or all of the following: Dialect in Film and Literature, Narrative Style in the Contemporary Novel, Cognitive Poetics, Researching Real Readers, Language and Literature in the Classroom. You may also take a Language and Literature dissertation.

You will then choose at least one module from English Language, and one from English Literature.

For your remaining 40 credits, you will take at least 20 credits within the School of English which may be within English Language or English Literature.  Here is a list of some of the modules currently being offered within the School of English for third years.  Please note that we do regularly update our programmes, so the list of optional modules will be different every year.

For further information on current available modules, please visit our Level three modules page.

Assessment Methods

The essay is the staple of assessment for Language and Literature students, allowing you to develop your writing skills through a continual process of practice and feedback. There are also a small number of traditional timed exams.

However, in addition you will experience a range of other assessment methods. You might create websites, do group presentations, complete learning journals or design posters. We think that these help you to build up a range of different experiences, and to build skills that will be valued by future employers.

Our Staff

Our team is comprised of six full-time academics whose principal responsibility is to the BA in English Language and Literature. We will teach you for the core literary-linguistic modules, and one of us will be your personal tutor. You are likely to get to know us well during your time here!

In addition, you will also take modules in the wider School of English and will therefore come into contact with the other fifty members of staff in the School. Depending upon your interests you may find yourself being taught by an expert in Hollywood Cinema, Conversation Analysis, Contemporary Poetry, Jane Austen or Syntax.

Click here for a list of staff and their teaching and research interests.