De Montfort University

Degree level: Undergraduate

English Literature with Mandarin

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Course summary

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Study an exciting range of literature in English, from writers across the globe and on subjects including the novel, Victorian and Romantic literature and Shakespeare and Marlowe. Learn how texts work, and debate literature’s role in society both now and throughout history. You’ll receive excellent teaching from internationally-renowned academics and will be taught to articulate your ideas with confidence while writing with fluency and flair. Our modern languages pathway allows you to study either Chinese Mandarin, French or Spanish alongside your existing degree. You will take a beginners or post-GCSE module in your chosen language, which will equate to two hours of language classes and one hour of cultural studies per week. The cultural awareness class introduces you to the history, culture, institutions, politics and literature of your chosen language. In the final year there may be an opportunity to study for specific purposes e.g. languages for business. Study English Literature with a modern language at DMU and join a lively and welcoming academic community. Get involved in the student-led English society, go on theatre trips in the UK or travel abroad with DMU Global as part of your course. Our graduates go into a wide range of professions including media, marketing, publishing, teaching, public relations and the civil service. Key Features:

  • Learn a modern foreign language while reading poetry, fiction and drama in English Literature from different centuries and different continents with the flexibility to specialise in your areas of interest
  • Choose options drawing on expertise from DMU’s Centre for Adaptation Studies, an area of study that incorporates English Literature and Film Studies and is available in Years Two and Three for English Literature with modern language students at DMU
  • Explore print and digital humanities and learn to use a hand printing press or gain practical training in HTML with options exploring the production of literary texts in manuscript, print and digital forms from DMU’s Centre for Textual Studies
  • Gain valuable workplace skills through placement and internship opportunities. Our students have worked with the National Space Centre, the English Association, Age Concern, the Leicester Mercury, and local schools and colleges.
  • Enhance your employability through a recognised competence in a foreign language, distinguishing you from other graduates and significantly improving your career prospects
  • English graduates succeed in wide-ranging careers with big names that include Penguin Random House, HomeStyle magazine, the BBC and Pan Macmillan.
  • Broaden your horizons through DMU Global, our international experience programme. Our students have discovered Danish literature in Copenhagen, learned about the role of language in surveillance in Berlin and took part in a scavenger hunt in the New York Public Library.

Course details


First year: Core English Literature and Modern Foreign Language modules: • Introduction to the Novel • Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare • Modern Foreign Language 1 (Basic User or Independent User depending on entry language level) Optional English Literature modules: • Poetry and Society Optional Creative Writing and English Language • Exploring Creative Writing • Words in Action: An Introduction to Grammar and Linguistics Second year: Core English Literature and Modern Foreign Language modules: • Exploration and Innovation: 14th to 18th Century Literature • Modern Foreign Language 2 Choose from the following modules: • Text Technologies • Romantic and Victorian Literature • Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature • Ways of Reading • Teaching English Language • Screen and Literary Adaptations of the Classics Optional Creative Writing and English Language: • Writing Place • Teaching English Language Third year: Core English Literature and Modern Foreign Language modules: • English Dissertation • Modern Foreign Language 3 Optional English Literature modules: • English in the Workplace • • Modernism and Modernity • Sex and Death in Romantic Writing • Shakespeare and Marlowe • Studies in Literature and Film • Textual Studies Using Computers • Radical and Contemporary Adaptations • Contemporary Irish Writing • Victorian Revolutionary Literature: Chartism and Socialism • The British Working Class in Literature, Film and Television: 1900-2005 • Unruly Women, Degenerate Men: Science, Gender and Gothic at the Fin de Siècle, 1880-1900 • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Optional Creative Writing and English Language modules: • Professional Writing Skills • Perception, Persuasion, Power: Communication and Control • Powerful Language: Introduction to Rhetoric Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current. The course will be divided into 75 per cent English Literature and 25 per cent Modern Foreign Language

Assessment method

You will be taught by internationally-recognised academics who are friendly, approachable and experts in their fields. You will debate literature from different centuries and different continents in lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one tutorials. You will attend guest lectures by exciting writers and thinkers; previous speakers include Simon Armitage, Andrew Davies (screenwriter), Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Andrew Motion and Benjamin Zephaniah. You will learn to write fluently and persuasively, to articulate complex ideas and arguments, to research topics comprehensively and to challenge existing opinions. The first year expands your knowledge of fiction, drama and verse and develops foundational skills in research, writing and critical analysis. Your language module will focus on language skills classes with a cultural awareness class each week to introduce the institutions, politics and literature of your chosen language. The second year broadens your understanding of the development of English literature through time, with options to study literary adaptations – a field bridging English Literature and Film Studies - or to engage deeply with literary theory. The third year allows you to choose from an exciting range of options to gain in-depth knowledge of the writers and texts that interest you. You will produce a dissertation on a topic of your choice with the support of a supervisor in one-to-one tutorials. You will also have the opportunity to do a work placement through the module ‘English in the Workplace’ to boost your skills and experience and enhance your CV. You may have the chance to study your chosen foreign language for specific purposes (e.g. business language). Teaching sessions might be structured around discussion, a film screening or based in a computer lab depending on your module choices. You will complete reading and research in advance and join in conversation with your tutor and your peers. Individual tutorials with module tutors are available in weekly ‘office hours’, at which you can discuss any aspect of your course or get help with assignments. You will experience varied forms of assessment, including essays, presentations, exams, blogs, journals, websites, research reports and creative options. You will be supported by a personal tutor with access to specialist guidance in writing and study skills from the Centre for Learning and Study Support. Our postgraduate students also run a popular peer mentoring scheme providing friendly and informal advice for undergraduate students in English Literature at DMU. We offer a range of student prizes to reward outstanding academic achievement in English Literature at all levels of the BA degree. Contact hours: You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 10 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 27 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

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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

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EU £14250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

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Please note that fees for subsequent years of study for continuing students are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fee will be in line with RPI-X (linked to the retail price index) and the fee cap set by the Government.
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