English at City, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

This innovative degree is designed to bring the study of literature into the twenty-first century. You will graduate with a wide range of analytical, creative and professional skills as well as an informed and critical understanding of writing in English throughout history and around the world. You will study the written word across time and space, from Shakespeare to social media, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to comic books. By the end of the degree you will have produced your own creative and professional writing. You will also have developed critical and analytical skills needed to understand how the written word shapes, and is shaped by, the world we live in.

  • Immerse yourself in world literature and engage with current debates in literary scholarship
  • Write creatively, professionally and analytically in a range of different forms, via a range of different media
  • Learn from a team of expert lecturers who are passionate about engaging with the written word in all its forms
  • Develop employability skills with a placement module in a relevant business, like publishing, teaching, journalism and the arts
  • Or spend a full year on work placement – there are amazing opportunities on your doorstep in London’s exciting Knowledge Quarter
  • Access awe inspiring library collections – including the Senate House Library, with millions of books and beautiful study spaces, and nearby British Library.


Develop a confident grounding in the study of literature, creative writing, and employability skills in your first year with our range of core modules. Encounter literature from the Middle Ages to the present day as you explore texts from Britain and beyond, delving into a global history of writing in English.

  • Close Reading: Analysis and Interpretation (15 credits)
  • Critical Reading: Theory and Practice (15 credits)
  • Controversy and Conflict: Literature in Historical Context from the Middle Ages to 1660 (15 credits)
  • Revolution and Reform: Literature in Historical Context from 1660 to the Present Day (15 credits)
  • Storytelling (15 credits)
  • Working with Words (15 credits)
  • Empire and its Discontents: Race, Nation, Decolonisation (15 credits)
  • The Creative World: English in the Twenty-First Century (15 credits)
Deepen your knowledge and critical understanding of the study of literature with a range of modules covering different authors, genres, and ideas. Choose from a range of topical and innovative literary, creative, and practical modules that include embedded opportunities to gain professional experience of relevant industries. Discover a variety of exciting electives from Journalism and Music, or build your work experience with a micro-placement module.
  • Shakespeare: Authorship and Dramatic Texts (15 credits)
  • Publishing in the Digital Age (15 credits)
  • Creative Writing Workshop (15 credits)
  • Writing Women (15 credits)
  • Shakespeare: Adaptation, Appropriation, Circulation (15 credits)
  • Romanticism (15 credits)
  • Literary London (15 credits)
  • London After Empire: City and Society (15 credits)
  • Digital Storytelling: Research, Writing, Design (15 credits)
  • Concerning Futures: Writing Alternative Worlds (15 credits)
  • Novel Times: Writing Modernity (15 credits)
  • Humanitarian Reporting (15 credits)
  • Sports Reporting (15 credits)
  • Visual Journalism (15 credits)
  • Writing about Music (15 credits)
  • Popular Music Now! (15 credits)
  • Micro-Placement (15 credits)
  • Career Development and Work Placement (15 credits)
Choose from a broad selection of modules on the cutting edge of literary scholarship, from global urban narratives to literatures of conflict and visual storytelling. Apply your learning in areas such as journalism, publishing, and teaching. Deep-dive into what interests you by completing at least one 30-credit Major Project module.
  • Major Project: Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Major Project: Professional Portfolio (30 credits)
  • Major Project: Creative Writing (30 credits)
  • Literary Journalism (15 credits)
  • Crossing the Margins: Contemporary Voices in Creative -Writing (15 credits)
  • Print and Digital Innovation: Making Content for the World of Books (15 credits)
  • Teaching English (15 credits)
  • Writing the Global City (15 credits)
  • Visual Storytelling (15 credits)
  • Women on the Edge (15 credits)
  • Literatures of Conflict (15 credits)
  • Breaking Conventions: Popular Genre Fiction (15 credits)
  • Reporting Conflict (15 credits)
  • Music, Sound and the Environment (15 credits)
  • Romantic Aesthetics (15 credits)
  • Micro-Placement (15 credits)
  • Industry Projects (15 credits)
- Year Placement: Integrated Professional Training (15 credits)

Assessment method

Your modules will be delivered using a combination of: • Lectures • Practical workshops • Interactive sessions • Small seminars • Personal tutorials Lectures will provide you with commentary and explanation of key content areas. Most modules also offer small seminars and workshops, where you can develop your understanding of key texts and ideas through discussion and debate as well as hone your practical and professional skills. This versatility of approach will not only facilitate discussion but allow you to generate your own content, with different readerships, forms, and functions in mind. Assessment methods Your programme will be assessed via a range of coursework and practical assignments, which may include: • Essays • Professional, reflective, and creative assignments and portfolios • Group assignments, including projects, performances, and presentations • Live showcase events. The assessment weighting for year one is 10%, year two is 30% and year three is 60%.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

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Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £18670 Year 1
International £18670 Year 1

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English at City, University of London - UCAS