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 2021 Why study this course? Top 40 world ranking – English Language and Literature at the University of Birmingham is ranked in the Top 35 in the QS World University Rankings 2021, whilst English is ranked in the Top 10 in the Guardian University Guide 2021. Outstanding employability - 91% of our students go on to work or further study 15 months after graduation (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020) 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).
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.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|