English at Kent is challenging, flexible, and wide-ranging. It covers both traditional areas (such as Shakespeare or Dickens) and newer fields such as American literature, creative writing, postcolonial literature and recent developments in literary theory. We also offer you the opportunity to spend up to a year studying abroad in either America, Canada, Europe or Hong Kong.
Staff in the School of English are internationally recognised for academic research which links closely with undergraduate teaching, and the School regularly hosts visits by a variety of international writers and critics. There are several published authors and poets in the School, and our students publish a magazine of creative writing, poetry and prose.
Journalism is fascinating, rewarding and influential. In a world hungry for news about issues ranging from climate change to fashion and from armed conflict to football, the ultra-competitive modern media market needs versatile, multimedia journalists with cutting-edge academic and vocational skills and a highly developed awareness of ethics.
Tutors for this joint honours programme include senior journalists with wide experience of multimedia newsrooms. Their professional expertise is reinforced by excellent academic teaching by leading historians, political scientists and lawyers.
The entirety of the first year of this joint honours programme will be taught at the Canterbury campus. In the second and third year some modules may be taught at the Medway campus depending on your module choices.
Modules in English Literature are taught by weekly seminars. Core modules include a weekly lecture, plus individual supervision is offered for the Dissertation module. Assessment at Stage 1 is by a mixture of coursework and examination. Some modules may include an optional practical element.
Teaching in Journalism is by a variety of methods including masterclasses, lectures, seminars, films and small group discussions. The Centre for Journalism hosts frequent guest lectures and masterclasses by working journalists and editors, including network broadcasters and editors of national and regional newspapers and magazines.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection: