This Joint Honours degree gives you a unique insight into visual and literary culture. You'll have the chance to explore the richness of English language and literature alongside cinemas from around the world, gaining the critical skills and cultural awareness valued by employers.
Core modules introduce the principles of film studies and different elements of poetry, drama and prose. Then you'll choose from an impressive variety of optional modules to pursue your interests, from medieval literature to creative writing, aesthetics to gender and sex in French film.
Offered by the School of English and Centre for World Cinemas, this degree allows you to study two different yet related disciplines in an exciting cultural hub. Leeds is home to the Leeds International Film Festival and great independent cinemas. We're close to Bradford - home of the National Media Museum as well as another established festival. It's the perfect part of the world in which to explore these exciting subjects.
Leeds has excellent resources for studying both literature and film. As well as the rich cultural life of the city itself, our Language Centre offers an extensive lending library of foreign-language films for students of world cinema. The University Library also houses extensive documents, manuscripts and early printed materials in its Special Collections, which are a valuable resource for your original research.
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you'll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
In your first year, you'll be introduced to the key concepts and approaches in film studies while exploring poetry, prose and drama to develop your understanding of literatures in English. You'll also take a Cornerstone module in either world literature or audio-visual culture to help you make connections between your two subjects.
You'll build on this knowledge in the following year, engaging with ideas of genre in world cinemas while gaining an in-depth understanding of key periods in English literary history. You'll also choose from an array of optional modules to explore different areas of film studies and literature, from Old English to folklore and creative writing, Arab cinema to the film industry of contemporary Europe.
In your final year, you'll choose from more optional modules on anything from postcolonial literature and the digital humanities to the representation of cities in cinema. You'll also get to demonstrate the critical and research skills that you've acquired when you complete an independently researched dissertation.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in English and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking
A degree in English and Film Studies will equip you with a wide range of transferable skills.
You'll be a critical thinker who can research different sources and form conclusions from the information you find. Your communication skills will enable you to explain and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. Because you've also gained organisational skills from managing two different subjects, you'll be attractive to employers in all kinds of industries.
Graduates have gone on to succeed in careers in publishing, law, advertising and marketing, journalism, education, charity work, business and finance and the civil service. Many others have pursued postgraduate studies.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
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Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.