On this programme, you develop your understanding of English as a living and dynamic global language while exploring a diverse range of literary texts from Britain, America and elsewhere.
Our teaching in English Language places a strong emphasis on applying theory to real-life situations, and on transferable skills such as problem-solving, team-working and data-analysis. You will learn about how to research issues in the social sciences and how to conduct fieldwork. You will enhance your knowledge of grammar and phonetics as well as learning about how language is used in different social settings, how language is acquired by children and adults, and how our uses of English are being re-shaped by the media. Our department has been a leader in the field for fifty years.
You will study the same number of modules in English Literature as in English Language. Our literature curriculum has everything you would expect from a department with a century-long reputation for innovative research. You will read more of major authors like Shakespeare and Dickens, Sylvia Plath and Samuel Beckett, but you will also be able to explore the most exciting contemporary writing from Britain, America and the Caribbean. Whether your interests are in creative writing, publishing studies or children’s literature, you will be able to develop your own interests with expert help.
In your first year, you study six modules, three in English Language (‘English language and society’, ‘Sounds, grammar and meaning’ and one optional module e.g. 'Globalisation and language') and three modules in English Literature (‘Genre and context’, ‘Research and criticism’, and a choice of either ‘Poetry in English’, ‘Creative writing’ or ‘Persuasive writing’).
Your second year modules in English Language build your skills in grammar, phonology and sociolinguistics. In Literature, you choose modules that range from Renaissance lyric poetry to contemporary fiction.
In the third year, your module choices are more diverse and specialised: from ‘editing the Renaissance’ to ‘Class matters’, from ‘English in the world’ to 'Child language development and 'Language and migration'. In English Language, the core module 'Language and communication in professions' will enable you to understand how language is used in various professional contexts. You will also research a dissertation on a subject of your choosing, in either English Language or English Literature, with one-to-one advice and support from your supervisor. Alternatively, if you are more focused on the practical sense of your degree, you may choose to carry out a Professional Communication Project. By the end of your three years with us, you will be an independent learner and a confident communicator.