University of Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

English and Film

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Course summary

Our BA English and Film undergraduate degree is characterised by a wide study of literature in the English language and by a rigorous study of film and television in their critical, theoretical, industrial and creative contexts. The programme introduces you to a broad range of types and periods of literature, with a huge variety of different areas to pursue, from medieval literature to twenty-first-century digital literary culture. These include unparalleled resources for the study of Shakespeare, through our world-leading Shakespeare Institute. You will gain a comprehensive range of knowledge and understanding of film; competence in practical filmmaking and detailed awareness of and interaction with the industry. Studying BA English and Film at the University of Birmingham has a vocational focus, offering you the opportunity to apply for a work placement through our ‘Professional Skills Placement’ module in your second year of study. Top 10 for English in the Guardian University Guide 2022 Why study this course? Outstanding employability - The University of Birmingham is the 4th most targeted UK University by top Graduate Employers (High Fliers Report 2022). The Shakespeare Institute and Stratford residential – We have a unique provision for the study of Shakespeare called the Shakespeare Institute. This is based in Stratford-upon-Avon and acts as a world leading centre for international Shakespeare scholarship. You will also have the opportunity to apply for our very popular undergraduate Stratford residential trip, which includes lectures, creative workshops, theatre trips, cultural activities and offers academic and creative inspiration. Work placement option – You have the option to apply for a work placement through our ‘Professional Skills Placement’ module in the second year of your degree. Excellent extra-curricular options – You will be able to enjoy regular guest lectures and readings from visiting writers. Past guests have included poet Simon Armitage, playwright Simon Stephens, theatre director Gregory Doran and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. There is also a variety of student societies which you may wish to join, including BEDSoc (Birmingham English Department Society), Writer’s Bloc (who produce a regular journal), Redbrick (our student-run newspaper), Burn FM (our student-run radio station) and Guild TV (our student-run TV station).

Course details


First-year modules cover a broad base of the subject and are designed to introduce you to ways of studying at university. By the final year the modules you take will become more specialised and reflect the research expertise of the academic staff. More detailed module information can be found on the ‘Course detail’ tab on the University of Birmingham’s coursefinder web pages.

How to apply

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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

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For details of the annual tuition fee for International Students please see the course web page listed in the 'course details' section above. If you are made an offer to study by the University, the yearly tuition fee will be stated in your offer letter.
English and Film at University of Birmingham - UCAS