University of Roehampton

English Literature and History University of Roehampton Degree level: Undergraduate


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Benefit from how English Literature and History complement one another as disciplines providing you with an enhanced understanding of both. This degree has been designed with the two subjects in mind, creating an integrated and coherent programme that weaves the two areas of study together.

You’ll expand your knowledge of both disciplines, and develop your understanding of the relationship between literature, politics, history and culture. You’ll take specialised modules, such as ‘Literature and History’ and ‘Writing the Nation’, focusing specifically on the important relationship between English Literature and History. You’ll also choose modules from across both subjects, allowing you to tailor your degree to your interests.

You’ll learn about critical and theoretical approaches to texts and explore different genres and literary periods, as well as different types of history including social and economic, political, cultural, local, and women’s history. You will delve into specific periods of history, including the medieval and English Renaissance, the Enlightenment and Victorian periods, modern British and European history, and 20th century American history. You will study a range of topics, including constructions of gender and sexuality, the history of childhood and children’s literature, political tyranny and genocide, diaspora and multiculturalism.

You’ll be taught by world-class researchers and writers, and be able to meet renowned authors at extra lectures and masterclasses, which have previously included our Chancellor, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Kazuo Ishiguro, Anthony Horowitz and Emma Donoghue.

Develop a range of skills you’ll need in the workplace, including clarity of expression in written work and oral presentation, research skills, and in the use of archives and digital media. You will be supported to realise your potential through individual tutorials, small group work seminars and lectures.

Course details


Year 1
Compulsory Modules
Discovering Literature
London in Literature
Constructing the Classics
The Historian's Craft
Approaching London's Past
American History from Columbus to Cold War

Year 2
Compulsory Modules
Literature and History
Historical Controversies
The Historian @ Work

Optional Modules
The Literary Renaissance
Romantic Literature

American Literature: 1865-1915
Writing Multicultural Britain
Genre in Context
Literature, Gender and Sexuality
Modernist and Post-war Literature
Children’s Literature in Context
Victorian Literature

Literature and Media
Continental Connections
The American Century
African American Freedom Struggles since 1945
Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Early Modern World
Race and Empire Genocide in Europe
London: History, Art, and Society
Sex, Lies and Cheap Print: Britain, 1660-1714
Gender and Sexuality in Europe, 1850-1920
British Society in War and Peace, 1880-1950
Study Trip to Berlin
Germany, 1871-1945: Empire Republic and Third Reich Afterlives: Ancient Gods and Heroes in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
The Soviet Experiment, 1905-1945
Distant Mirrors: Conquerors and Bureaucrats in Britain and China, 960-1066
Cold War Internationalisms, 1945-1989 The First World War: 100 Years On

Year 3
Compulsory Modules
Writing the Nation
English Literature and History Dissertation

Optional Modules
Early Modern Gender
Modern American Literature
Diaspora Voices: South Asian and Caribbean Literature
Literature on Screen
Victorian Literature and Culture
Shakespeare: Page & Stage
Literature and the Culture of Print
Contemporary Literature
Perspectives on Children’s Literature
Global Health in Africa from Empire to Ebola

The Vietnam War
Henry VIII: Religion, Politics, and Tyranny
The Irish Diaspora 1750-1939
Living & Dying Under the Third Reich
Radicalism in the English Revolution, 1640- 1653
Histories of Childhood in Europe, 1850-1945
Medicine and the Politics of Health from Cholera to the NHS
Magic and Politics, 1550-1700
The Cold War at Home: Soviet Society after 1945
Treason in the Age of Ideologies
Prosperity and Violence in the Age of the Vikings, 870-1030
Violence in Eastern Africa, 1880s-present dayafter 1945
The Limitation Game: Intelligence in International Perspective, 1899-1941

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

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

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Course code QV31
Institution code R48
Campus name Main Site
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 112 points Grade C at A-level, or an equivalent qualification, in an English or Humanities subject.
A level BCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,875 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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University of Roehampton
Erasmus House
Roehampton Lane
SW15 5PU

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