University of Hull

English and American Literature and Culture University of Hull Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Between Hull and Hollywood stretch two nations' worth of literary excellence which has defined much of the modern world. Explore them both on this course.

Our staff are experts in their field, and their research underpins the range of modules we offer. You’ll study topics including literary studies, cultural studies, film and television studies, visual studies and history.

  • American Studies at Hull was fourth in the UK with 97% overall student satisfaction (2018 National Student Survey, HEIs).

  • Tailor your degree to suit your own interests and career aspirations with a wide range of modules

  • Our expert academics have been pioneering American studies teaching for more than 50 years

  • Our Larkin Centre for Poetry and Creative Writing attracts internationally renowned visiting authors, as well as new talent

  • 96% of our English students are in work or further study six months after graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018).

Writing and writers are central to the legacy of Hull’s status as UK City of Culture in 2017. You'll have the opportunity to be part of the literary and creative scene at the University – and beyond.

Official Team GB partners

Did you know that the University of Hull is the official University Partner of Team GB? Our united belief is that anyone, with the right opportunities ahead and a dedicated team behind, can achieve extraordinary things. This is what our partnership with Team GB is built on. Extraordinary is in you – and we’ll help you find it.

What does this mean for you? It means that whether you’re studying sports science, or marketing, or logistics, or healthcare, or engineering, you’ll be able to gain invaluable experience through this unique partnership.

We are working with Team GB to create opportunities for volunteering and work experience, to get involved with meet-and-greet sessions with Olympians, host on-campus talks from guest speakers and so much more. Some of our students recently helped Team GB athletes get their kit ready to compete in preparation for the Minsk 2019 European Games. It’s an extraordinary partnership, and you won’t find it anywhere else.

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Course details


Year 1

Compulsory modules

Literature Lab
Transformative Texts of American Literature
Travels in Text and Time
America in Theory
Reading Fiction
American History – Birth of a Nation

Year 2

Optional modules

The Age of Chivalry and Romance
Brief Encounters with the Victorians
British and American Modernism
The Child in British and American Literature and Culture
Love and Desire in Renaissance Literature, c. 1530 - 1633​
Visionaries and Rebels: Romantic Poets from Blake to Tennyson
Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama
Sentiment and Scandal: Literature of the Long 18th Century
Voyage Out: Travel, Empire and Cultural Encounters
Written on the Body: Rethinking Gender and Sexuality
New York City in Culture
Musical-Made America
Reagan’s Polarised America; a Cultural Study of the USA in the 1980s.
The Fire Next Time: From Slavery to Civil Rights

Year 3

Compulsory module


Optional modules

Crime Fiction: Reading the Body, Reading the Signs
Playing God: Late Medieval Drama, from Page to Stage
Unruly Subjects and Renaissance Texts
The Globalisation of American Culture: International Perspectives on America as a Cultural Superpower
Childhood Trauma and Its Aftermath in Contemporary Fiction
Crossing the Line: Frontiers in the Literature of America
Shakespearean Transformations
Secrets and Lies: Victorian Decadence and Degeneration 1860-1901
Special Author: Shakespeare
American History by Hollywood
Disney Studies
Doin’ Time: American Prison Culture of the 20th and 21st Centuries
The Civil War in American History and Culture
Telling the Truth: American Documentary Culture from the Muckrakers to Fake News

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through a combination of written, practical and coursework assessments throughout your degree.

Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your 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 QT37
Institution code H72
Campus name The University of Hull
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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 120 points Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from
A levels
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
Irish Leaving Certificate
Scottish Highers
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points

Applicants with other qualifications are welcome to apply.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with at least 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University please visit
Institution's Own Test University of Hull English Language Programme 60% overall (with minimum 55% in each skill)

Please click below for a list of the English language qualifications we accept.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £14,500 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

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination). There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. We work hard to help ease money concerns during your time at university with a range of scholarships and bursaries that can make a huge difference to your budget. See for more details.

Provider information

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01482 466100

Undergraduate Admissions Team

01482 466100