Liverpool John Moores University

English Literature Liverpool John Moores University Degree level: Undergraduate


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The BA (Hons) English Literature at Liverpool John Moores University is a diverse and dynamic subject. We celebrate this with a wide range of modules that are informed by the latest thinking in relation to literature and culture. Ours is an innovative programme designed by academics who are both cutting-edge scholars and dedicated teachers. The degree’s broad definition of literature, and a choice of fascinating optional modules, mean that you can tailor your studies to your own literary interests, whilst gaining thorough knowledge of literary history, theory and criticism. The programme also offers you exciting work-based and work-related opportunities to gain professional experience relevant to your degree.

  • Ranked as one of the top English Literature degree courses in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS) – in the 2017 NSS 92% of our students registered overall satisfaction with their course, and they voted us LJMU 'Amazing Course Team' winners in 2017
  • Teaching from leading scholars who have published books on many topics, from Sherlock Holmes to Irish rock music
  • Extensive range of literary texts studied, from Milton, Woolf and Shakespeare to Fight Club and Malcolm X
  • Work placement opportunities in teaching, international development, charities, tourism, the media, creative and heritage industries
  • You can see lots of examples of our students’ work on the course blog:

Course details


Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

•Reading English
•American Classics
•Digital Victorians: Investigating the Victorians in the 21st Century
•Literary and Cultural Theory
•Literature in Context: Britain in the 1950s
•World, Time and Text

Level 5

•Body, Mind & Soul:17th Century Literature and Culture
•Poetry Matters

The following options are typically offered:

•Adolescence and Writing
•The Author
•Cultures of Childhood
•International Experience
•International Perspectives on Literature
•Further Perspectives on Theory
•Modernism and Modernity
•Postcolonial Writing: Power, Art and Protest
•Relating Gender: Fiction from the 19th Century to the Present
•Romanticism: Revolution, Reaction & Representation
•Short Cuts: Writing in Brief
•Stage Worlds: Early Modern Drama and Culture
•The Victorians: Realism and Sensation
•American Spaces
•Prison Voices: Narratives of Crime and Punishment in the 19th Century
•Working in the USA
•Imagined Maps: Space, Place, Land and Time in Irish and Scottish Cultural Imaginations
•English Work Experience
•English Independent Study

Level 6

• Dissertation

The following options are typically offered:

•Art & Writing
•Contemporary Poetry
•Feminist Fictions: Contemporary Women's Writing & the Politics of Feminism
•Genres of Travel
•Forgetting and Remembering: Slaves, Soldiers, Strikers
•1660s - 1680s: Cultural Intersections in Restoration England
•Locating Madness
•English Independent Study
•Our House: Representing Domestic Space
•Post-Millennial British Fiction
•Race in America
•Representing Masculinities
•Tales of the Market: Capitalism and Critique
•Terrorism and Modern Literature
•Vamps and Villains: Exploring Gothic Fiction
•World Literature: Writing from the Periphery
•Writing Lives: Collaborative Research Project on Working-Class Autobiography
•Writing the Real: Contemporary Non-Fiction
•Late Modernism
•Neo-Victorianism: The Victorians in Contemporary Literature & Culture
•Transitions: Identities in the Interwar Years
•Violence in Nineteenth Century Literature

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment method

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose.

We believe that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include essays, analytical exercises, portfolios of written work, an optional dissertation, peer presentations and formal exams. In some final year modules, you can choose whether you want to be assessed by exam or written essay.

Throughout your course you will be given regular constructive feedback, which is particularly useful in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code Q300
Institution code L51
Campus name Liverpool John Moores University
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points Applicants are required to obtain Grade C in A2 English.
A level Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

• Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
• NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
• Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
• Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
• Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English
• Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
• Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £13,950 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

All figures are subject to yearly increases. The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year.

Provider information

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Liverpool John Moores University
Egerton Court (Headquarters)
2 Rodney Street
L1 2UA

Course contact details

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Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

0151 231 5175