De Montfort University

Degree level: Undergraduate

English Literature and Film Studies

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Course summary

On this course, you will discover how texts work and debate literature’s role in society – both now and throughout history - while acquiring the skills to articulate your ideas with confidence and write with fluency and flair. You will receive excellent teaching from internationally renowned academics who are supportive and passionate about literature and produce world-leading research in areas ranging from medieval to contemporary literature, language, creative writing and digital humanities. You will also have opportunities to attend talks by visiting writers and internationally-acclaimed guest speakers such as Kate Forsyth, Carol Ann Duffy and Benjamin Zephaniah. Study English Literature at DMU and join a lively and welcoming community. Get involved in the student-led English society, go on theatre trips in the UK or travel abroad with  DMU Global  as part of your course. Our graduates go into a wide range of professions including media, marketing, publishing, teaching, public relations and the civil service. At DMU, you can study English Literature and Drama, Film Studies or Journalism as a joint honours course. You will choose 50 per cent of your options from English Literature and 50 per cent from Drama, Film Studies or Journalism. Key Features:

  • Read poetry, fiction and drama from different centuries and different continents to gain a comprehensive understanding of English literature with the flexibility to specialise in your areas of interest.
  • Choose optional modules from English Language and Creative Writing, and draw on expertise from DMU’s Centre for Adaptation Studies, which explores English and Film Studies.
  • Learn from world-renowned academics and internationally-acclaimed guest speakers such as writers Kate Forsyth, Carol Ann Duffy and Benjamin Zephaniah.
  • Explore print and digital humanities and learn to use a hand printing press or gain practical training in HTML with options exploring the production of literary texts in manuscript, print and digital forms from DMU’s Centre for Textual Studies.
  • Gain valuable workplace skills through placement and internship opportunities. Our students have worked with the National Space Centre, the English Association, Age Concern, the Leicester Mercury, and local schools and colleges.
  • English graduates succeed in wide-ranging careers with big names that include Penguin Random House, HomeStyle magazine, the BBC and Pan Macmillan.
  • Broaden your horizons through DMU Global, our international experience programme. Our students have discovered Danish literature in Copenhagen, learned about the role of language in surveillance in Berlin and took part in a scavenger hunt in the New York Public Library.

Course details


"First year: Core English Literature modules: • Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare Optional English Literature modules: • Introduction to the Novel Optional Creative Writing and English Language modules: • Words in Action: An Introduction to Grammar and Linguistics • Exploring Creative Writing Second year: Core English Literature modules: • Exploration and Innovation: 14th to 18th Century Literature Optional English Literature modules: • Text Technologies • Romantic and Victorian Literature • Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature • Ways of Reading • Screen and Literary Adaptations of the Classics Optional Creative Writing and English Language modules: • Teaching English Language • Writing Place Third year: Optional English Literature modules: • English Dissertation • English in the Workplace • • Modernism and Modernity • Sex and Death in Romantic Writing • Shakespeare and Marlowe • Studies in Literature and Film • Textual Studies Using Computers • Radical and Contemporary Adaptations • Contemporary Irish Writing • Victorian Revolutionary Literature: Chartism and Socialism • The British Working Class in Literature, Film and Television: 1900-2005 • Unruly Women, Degenerate Men: Science, Gender and Gothic at the Fin de Siècle, 1880-1900 • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Optional Creative Writing and English Language modules: • Perception, Persuasion, Power: Communication and Control • Powerful Language: Introduction to Rhetoric • Professional Writing Skills"

Assessment method

"Overview: You will be taught by internationally-recognised academics who are friendly, approachable and experts in their fields. You will debate literature from different centuries and different continents in lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one tutorials. You will attend guest lectures by exciting writers and thinkers; previous speakers include Simon Armitage, Andrew Davies (screenwriter), Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Andrew Motion and Benjamin Zephaniah. You will learn to write fluently and persuasively, to articulate complex ideas and arguments, to research topics comprehensively and to challenge existing opinions. The first year expands your knowledge of fiction, drama and verse and develops foundational skills in research, writing and critical analysis. The second year broadens your understanding of the development of English literature through time, with options to study literary adaptations - a field bridging English Literature and Film Studies - or to engage deeply with literary theory. The third year allows you to choose from an exciting range of options to gain in-depth knowledge of the writers and texts that interest you. You will produce a dissertation on a topic of your choice with the support of a supervisor in one-to-one tutorials (joint honours students complete their dissertation/major project in either English Literature or their other subject). You will also have the opportunity to do a work placement through the module ‘English in the Workplace’ to boost your skills and experience and enhance your CV. Teaching sessions might be structured around discussion, a film screening or based in a computer lab depending on your module choices. You will complete reading and research in advance and join in conversation with your tutor and your peers. Individual tutorials with module tutors are available in weekly ‘office hours’, at which you can discuss any aspect of your course or get help with assignments. You will experience varied forms of assessment, including essays, presentations, exams, blogs, journals, websites, research reports and creative options. You will be supported by a personal tutor with access to specialist guidance in writing and study skills from the Centre for Learning and Study Support. Our postgraduate students also run a popular peer mentoring scheme providing friendly and informal advice for undergraduate students in English at DMU. We offer a range of student prizes to reward outstanding academic achievement in English Literature at all levels of the BA degree. Contact hours: You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 14 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 28 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research."

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For students registering in the 2022/23 academic year, the fees for this programme are yet to be confirmed. Please note that fees are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fees for Home students would be based upon a review of our provision and in line with the fee cap set by the government. For EU and Overseas students such reviews will be based on a market assessment and communicated to students at least 6-months before any programme commencing. Please visit the tuition fees pages of our website for further information:
English Literature and Film Studies at De Montfort University - UCAS