Combine your love of English literature with learning about the sociopolitical history behind it. What’s the relationship between a piece of writing and the context in which it was written? How are writers affected by their circumstances? What influence do literary texts have on social, cultural and political life? This popular joint degree links the social and political history of a period with its literary texts, giving you the chance to reflect on these questions and consider how the two disciplines relate to and inform one another. You’ll examine the interaction between writing and society, studying core history and English modules, and gain increasing freedom to study the topics and historical periods that interest you most - whether that's discovering the impact of the French Revolution on English art or walking through the London of Defoe, Dickens, Virginia Woolf or Monica Ali.
Year 1: History in Practice London Global Poetry Literatures in Time Epic and Romance in the Middle Ages 30 credits chosen from History Level 4 Modules Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801 OR Global Encounters: Conquest and Culture in World History Please note that all modules are subject to change. Further information about modules in Year 2 and 3 of the course can be found on our course webpage.
Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework (essays, projects, presentations, log books and portfolios) and exams.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
English language requirements
All applicants to Queen Mary must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course. Please refer to the website below for details on our English Language requirements by course and acceptable alternative qualifications. You will also find important information regarding UKVI's English requirements if you are applying as an international student and will require a Student Visa to enter the UK.
Queen Mary University of London: English Language Requirements
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Fees and funding
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