English Literature and Digital Media and Communications at University of Birmingham - UCAS

Course summary

Our English Literature with Digital Media and Communications degree explores the many ways we talk to one another – face-to-face conversation, news and social media, classical literature, cinema and theatre and beyond. It will also introduce you to a broad range of periods and types of literature – everything from medieval literature to twenty-first-century digital literary culture. This degree will prepare you for life beyond your studies in a variety of careers - in journalism, media, marketing, creative arts, advocacy and many more. This degree gives you a balance of classroom-based study and practical, hands-on learning, in our state-of-the-art facilities, including our world-leading Shakespeare Institute, language labs, studio spaces and editing suites. You will explore literary genres alongside the key principles in digital cultures, media studies and professional communication through a range of exciting modules, with opportunities to study subjects such as: Creative practice, including filmmaking, podcasting and writing Discourse analysis Marketing and communications Programming Sustainability and environmental politics Fantasy and fandom Shakespeare Dystopian fiction Women’s writing Unlock the potential to tailor your learning experience at an elite Russell Group institution through optional modules in Creative Writing, Film Studies, and English Language, as well as opportunities to explore diverse topics across departments. You may also be interested in the BA Digital Media and Communications programme. Why study this course? Develop your love of literature - our staff will support you to you to share in their passion for literary writing of all kinds, from Shakespearean drama to Romantic poetry to postcolonial fiction. Get a head start in the graduate market – take advantage of our workbased placements and employability focused modules and enter the workplace with the skills required to shape the digital and creative agendas of the future. Go beyond the printed book - take advantage of the wide-ranging expertise within our academic community and explore the study of art, comics, film, marketing, music, social media, textual production, theatre, TV and video games. Engage in interdisciplinary learning with the experts – draw on the unique specialisms of researchers and practitioners in the School of English, Drama and Creative Studies and blend theoretical learning with practice led teaching in digital studies, new media and communication from an elite Russell Group institution. Live and study in a city that values literature as much as you do – explore our exceptional resources, including our Cadbury Research Library, consisting of over 200,000 rare books dating from 1471, as well as the Library of Birmingham, Europe’s largest regional library. Get involved with numerous on-campus writers' groups, including our very own newspaper, radio and TV stations and delve into the various citywide literature festivals. Top 10 for Communications and Media Studies in the Complete University Guide 2025 12th for English in the Complete University Guide 2024 26th in the world for English Language and Literature (QS World Subject Rankings 2024)


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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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Tuition fees

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

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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 Literature and Digital Media and Communications at University of Birmingham - UCAS