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BA (honours) in English Literature

A Levels: AAB
UCAS Code: Q306

Our BA (Honours) English Literature degree is one of the most popular undergraduate courses at the University of Sheffield. You will have the opportunity to study poetry, fiction, drama and film from Old English to the twenty-first century, in a department dedicated to award-winning teaching, world-leading research, and innovative public engagement activities. Outside the degree programme there are also hundreds of ways in which we can help you develop your interests, insights and critical faculties.

Our core modules in the first year are designed to help you reimagine the ways in which you can read, comprehend and critique poetry and prose. You will also be able to choose from an exciting selection of optional modules, which include Studying Theatre, Introduction to Cinema, Critical Contexts, Introduction to Creative Writing, 'Early Englishes and Early American literature.

In the second and third years, you'll study the major periods and writers in English literature from the Renaissance to the Restoration, through the 18th century and Romanticism, to Modernism and contemporary literature.

We offer a vast array of option modules, which may focus on a single author, genre, literary movement or theme. These include: Secrets and Lies: Victoria Life-Writing, Love and Death: The Films of Woody Allen, John Donne, Radical Theory, America & the Avant-Gardes, and The Elegy. You also have an opportunity to take modules in theatre and creative writing

In the final semester all students have the option to write a dissertation, a more substantial research essay devised with a member of the faculty.

Furthermore, there are ample chances to work with the local community through projects such as Storying Sheffield, which empowers local people to tell the stories of their lives.


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 Sidsel Hornby, our English Literature secretary (s.hornby@sheffield.ac.uk).

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To apply for our BA in English 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 English Literature, with links to detailed descriptions of what you study on these modules.  All modules are worth 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

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 Literature First Year Course Structure video page.

Autumn modules

Spring modules

Year 2

In your second year, if you are a Single Honours Student you will take the following core modules.  If you are a Dual Honours Student, you will choose two of these modules:

For your remaining 40 credits, you will take at least 20 credits within the School of English. Here is a list of some of the modules currently being offered in English Literature for second 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 two modules page.

Year 3

In your third year, if you are a Single Honours Student you will take the following core modules. If you are a Dual Honours Student, you will choose two of these modules:

For your remaining 40 credits, you will take at least 20 credits within the School of English. Here is a list of some of the modules currently being offered in English Literature 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 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

There are over 30 full-time literature, film and theatre staff here, and we are internationally recognised experts on everything from Geoffrey Chaucer to Thomas Pynchon. Particular areas of expertise are in the Early Modern period, the eighteenth and nineteenth-centuries, contemporary fiction, and American literature. We have centres of excellence for Poetry & Poetics, for Archival Practices, Research in Film, and for the study of Gothic Literature, and are a world-leading home for the study of the representation of animals in culture. We study cultural phenomena in their historical context, and help you to develop a critical intellect, with studies of gender, sexuality, philosophical concepts, and political thought,

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