Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code Q306
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects English Literature

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School of English
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School of English

1st for research environment
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

We seek to foster your love of literature, film, and theatre, so you graduate with a real understanding and appreciation of the subject area. You'll be introduced to writing in English from the Renaissance to the present, and have the opportunity to participate in new research areas such as Animal Studies. We encourage you to widen your interests within the subject.

There are a variety of optional modules on offer led by leading researchers in the field. These may include: Representing the Holocaust; Performing Shakespeare; America in the 1960s; War on Screen; Literature & Nonsense; Afro-American Literature; Marx, Darwin, Freud. We also introduce you to the key methods of cultural analysis, and a broad historical sweep of literary periods in order to expand your enthusiasms. We have particular strengths in the Gothic, American cold war culture, Early Modern literature, and Victorian literature, amongst others. You can also take creative writing modules throughout the degree programme, as well as joining modules run by our colleagues in theatre.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAB typically including English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification ABB typically including English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature +B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject Evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 34, typically with 6 in Higher Level English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject with 16 units at Distinction
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 typically including English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + A typically including English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA typically including English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • Applicants not presenting English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature may still be considered where relevant interest and experience in the literary arts (including film or media) can be demonstrated
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on School of English website

First year

Core modules:

Studying Poetry
Studying Prose

Optional modules:

Celtic Languages and Literatures: an Introduction
Critical Contexts: Interpreting Literature
Darwin, Marx, Freud
Early American Literature
Early Englishes
Foundations in Literary Study: Biblical and Classical Sources in English Literature
History of English
Hollywood Cinema
Introduction to Cinema
Introduction to Creative Writing
Practical Stylistics
Studying Theatre: A History of Dramatic Texts in Performance

Second year

Core modules:

Criticism and Literary Theory
Renaissance Literature
Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature

Optional modules:

Adaptation: Theory and Practice
America in the 1960s
Creative Writing Poetry 2
Good Books: Intertextual Approaches to Literature and the Bible
Introduction to Middle English
Introduction to Modern Irish
Introduction to Old English
Literary Mad Scientists: From Frankenstein to Einstein
Love and Death: The Films of Woody Allen
Modern American Fiction
Post-War British Realist Cinema
Radical Theory
Representing the Holocaust
Secrets and Lies:Victorian Life-Writing
Shakespeare on Film
Storying Sheffield
The History of Persuasion
The Postcolonial Bildungsroman
Writing the Real

Third year

Core modules:

Contemporary Literature
Modern Literature
Romantic and Victorian Poetry
Romantic and Victorian Prose

Optional modules:

Afro-American Literature 1: Beginnings to the Harlem Renaissance
America and the Avant-Garde, 1950's-1990's
Byron and Shelley
Creative Writing Poetry 3
Fin de siècle Gothic
Identity/ Crisis: Trauma, Narrative, Self
No Animals were Harmed in the Making of this Module: Animals in Film
Other Theatres
Project Module
Sappho's Granddaughters: Poetry by Women 1789-1901
Sex and Decadence in Restoration Theatre
The Brontës
The Idea of America
The Man Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock's Films
War on Screen
Women Playwrights on the International Stage: 1880s-1930s
Writing Fiction

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

School of English

Jessop West

We are a research intensive department with an international perspective on English studies across four distinct degree programmes. Students can specialise in their chosen degree, whilst also taking modules from different programmes, forging interdisciplinary connections about the ways in which humans use language.

Our staff are researchers, critics, and writers. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired. We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate. Our modules draw on a range of innovative assessments and can include designing websites, writing blog posts, and working with publishing software, in addition to writing essays and delivering presentations. We are committed to providing our students with the pastoral support they need in order to thrive in their degree. All students are assigned a personal tutor with whom they have regular meetings. You are welcome to see any of the academic staff in our regular office hours, if there's anything you want to ask.

School of English website

What our graduates do

Our graduates are confident and articulate. They have highly developed communication skills, preparing them for a wide range of career paths, from information technology, to media and public relations, to marketing and advertising. Many of our students go on to postgraduate study, research, and an academic career.

Student profile

"I've always been pretty interested in language innovation and language use, and the degree can be related to the outside world. So we focus on, say, how texting and social media affect language."

Lewis Clarke

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