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English Literature and History, BA (Hons)

Newcastle University, the United Kingdom

Newcastle University

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About English Literature and History, BA (Hons) - at Newcastle University

Course Overview

This Joint Honours degree gives you the chance to explore society through historical evidence and its literary works.

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA-AAB
IB: 35-36 points

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Your module choices span centuries and continents, giving you the chance to study history and literature from around the world, and from the Dark Ages to the contemporary era.

Your modules will dovetail, enabling you to explore topics from both a literary and historical perspective. For example, you might study:

  • colonial India alongside postcolonial Indian literature
  • postwar Britain alongside that period's representation in film
  • the history of Victorian Britain alongside the Victorian novel

The degree will equip you with a broad range of skills, including close reading and literary analysis, and the ability to evaluate a wide range of historical evidence. You'll have the opportunity to use that expertise in your own personal research projects. 

Highlights of this degree

Field trips and events

Field trips and events

Studying at Newcastle means much more than your time spent in the classroom or the library.

We organise regular field trips to cultural and historical venues, such as:

  • local theatres
  • The Wordsworth Trust (Dove Cottage)
  • Lindisfarne and Bede's World
  • Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books
  • local museums including Beamish and the Great North Museum

The University is also home to the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA).

This brings internationally renowned writers to Newcastle, through a year-long festival of readings, discussion and debate.

Study abroad

Study abroad

You may study abroad either in Europe via the Erasmus programme or further afield via the Non-EU Study Abroad exchange programme.

Erasmus Programme

You will have the opportunity to study abroad for one semester in your second year through the Erasmus programme. The work that you do and the grades you achieve are counted towards your final degree. You can study at universities in:

  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • France
  • Italy
  • Holland/Netherlands
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Turkey

Non-EU Study Abroad Exchange Programme

We have study abroad links with universities in:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • the USA

Facilities and support

As a Joint Honours student, you will divide your time between the School of History, Classics and Archaeology in the recently refurbished Armstrong Building and the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics in the Percy Building.


Our multi-award-winning University Library Service, with over one million books, a huge range of electronic resources, and a Special Collections department with excellent historical and literary books and manuscripts are available to support your studies.

The University-led Great North Museum, adjacent to campus, includes world-class archaeological treasures and a resource-rich library. 

Our Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts (NCLA) provides readings and events.

Writing opportunities

Newcastle University Students' Union is home to one of the best student newspapers in the country, The Courier. You can submit poetry and short prose for the School's magazine, Alliterati


You'll have a personal tutor throughout your degree

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA-AAB
IB: 35-36 points

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