Anglia Ruskin University

Degree level: Undergraduate

English Literature

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Course summary

Learn how different societies have shaped English literature, and how English literature has shaped society. Become a self-reliant researcher as well as developing the skills required for the modern world of work. -Explore classic literary texts alongside genres including sc-fi and children’s literature -Improve your writing skills, both critical and creative -Engage with the global publishing industry -Learn from the author who wrote the book on Studying English Literature Our BA (Hons) English Literature will help you understand the importance of English literature; how it is affected by the culture, language, technology and economics of the period, but also how it influences readers and society itself. By studying English literature, you will also be exploring a range of other subjects, including history, politics, philosophy, religion, psychology and the history of art. You will be encouraged to work and think independently, helping you become self-reliant and critically adaptive, with the ability to consider perspectives that are different to your own or to popular opinion. Some exercises will involve you in group work, presenting ideas and information or finding solutions to problems with others, promoting your interpersonal skills and your ability to negotiate. As well as developing skills such as literacy and communication, which are important for any future career, you will become well-versed in the specific methods of literary research, such as bibliographies, databases and information technology. Our optional modules will also give you the chance to practise and develop your own creative writing, as well as explore the processes of the modern publishing industry. Other options you can take include Writing World War One, Black British Fiction, Theorising Children’s Literature and Renaissance Magic. In Year 3, you can develop your own interests and independent research skills by undertaking a short or long Major Project on a subject of your choice, working with a member of staff with expertise in your chosen area. Your studies will be supported throughout the course by our team of English literature and writing experts. These include Course Leader Dr Tory Young, (author of Studying English Literature, a text used on many other University courses as well as our own), Dr Una McCormack (Star Trek The Fall: The Crimson Shadow and Doctor Who: Royal Blood), Professor Eugene Giddens (Lewis Carroll’sAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass: A Publishing History) and Professor Sarah Annes Brown (A Familiar Compound Ghost: Allusion and the Uncanny).

Course details


Year one, core modules A History of English Literature, from the present to 1789 Introduction to Imaginative Writing: Prose Fiction Gods and Heroes Reading Literature and Theory Myth and Magic Writing Matters A History of English Literature from Chaucer to Equiano Year one, optional modules Fundamentals of Publishing Introduction to Imaginative Writing: Poetry and Plays Year two, core modules Romantic Conflicts Postcolonial Writing Modernism and the City Victorian Literature and Culture The European Novel: Transgressive Desires Year two, optional modules Writing World War One: Trauma, Memory, Resistance Myth and Medievalism Special Topic 1: Bible and Literature Dialogue and Debate: More to Milton The History of the Book Black British Writing News and Feature Writing Writing Short Fiction Year three, core modules Major Project or Independent Research Project (English Literature) Theorising Children's Literature Spectacle and Representation in Renaissance Drama Contemporary Fiction Year three, optional modules Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontës World Literature Renaissance Magic Modern Science Fiction Decade: the Literature of the 1xx0s Special Topic 2: Modernism Writing Poetry Romantic Idealism Literature and Exile: Displacement, Identity, Self Publishing in Practice Literature and Medicine Employability for English Literature Optional modules available all years Anglia Language Programme

Assessment method

To show your progress towards becoming a reflective and autonomous learner, you will undertake a variety of assessment methods, including: critical reflection; essays; portfolios; reviews; oral presentations; written examinations and discussion boards.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

2020 Entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when apply opens for the exact requirements. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 ( Academic level), or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

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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
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information 2022 International fees are to be confirmed
English Literature at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS