Liverpool John Moores University

History and English Literature Liverpool John Moores University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Studying BA (Hons) History and English Literature at Liverpool John Moores University will provide you with an opportunity to not only discover the past but also how past and present is recorded in a variety of sources including novels, visual sources, films and poetry.

  • Taught by a passionate team of academics

  • History at LJMU has been rated 11th best in the country in the 2019 Guardian University league table

  • In 2016 National Student Survey 98% of our students agreed that 'staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching'

  • Teaching from leading academics who have written scholarly works on topics ranging from American foreign policy to sport in the Soviet Union, through to Sherlock Holmes and Irish rock music

  • A broad range of module topics that includes Britain, Ireland, Europe, Japan, Palestine and sub-Saharan Africa

Course details


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

Level 4

Modern European History: Myth, Memory and the Uses of the past
Reading English
Literary & Cultural theory
Practices of History
The American Age: People Politics and Power
Literature in Context

Level 5

The Soviet Experiment, 1917 – 1991
Colonial Africa, 1880-1994
Gendering the Past
From Shogun to Showdown: Japan, 1853 – 1941
Prison Voices: Crime, Conviction and Confession, c. 1700-1900
Modernism and Modernity
Romanticism: Revolution, Reaction and Representation
Postcolonial Writing: Power, Art & Protest
Body, Mind and Soul: Seventeenth Century Literature and Culture
Relating Gender: Fiction from the 19th Century to the Present
Stage Worlds: Early Modern Drama & Culture
International Fieldwork in History: Modern France
Age of Terror: 1850-1814
Gender, Race and Slavery in the United States
Migrants to the Screen
Life Stories: Telling Tales and Keeping Secrets
An International History of the Cold War
A Bitter Resurgence: China into the Modern World

Level 6

Dissertation in History and English

The following options are typically offered:

End of Empire: Historiographical and Southeast Asian Perspective
The Rise and Fall of Nazi Germany
Independent Study in History
Queer Britain
Victorian Cities
Celebration and Commemoration in Irish History
Transitions: identities in the Interwar Years
Interpreting conflict in post-colonial Africa
The Soviet Experience, 1917 - 1991
Post-Millennial British Fiction
Laws of War
Vamps and Villains: Exploring Gothic Fiction
Writing Lives: Collaborative Research Project – The Archive of Working-Class Writing
English Independent Study
Race in America
Writing the Real: Contemporary Non-Fiction
Terrorism and Modern Literature
Violence in Nineteenth-Century Literature
The Last Victorians: Literature
The United States and the Middle East

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, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on the way they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. Half of your assessments will be coursework in the form of essays, portfolios, short written pieces, independent studies and dissertations. The rest of your assessment is by seen and unseen exam. Exam questions are available two weeks before the start of seen exams so you have the chance to prepare fully for them.

Your tutors will provide feedback on coursework assessments within 15 days of submission via Canvas, face-to-face or as written comments. We believe constructive feedback is vital 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 QV31
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 104 points An enthusiasm for the study of both History and English.

Demonstrate a willingness to take on new ideas about and new perspectives on History and English, as well as a desire to seek out evidence to support such fresh perspectives.

An awareness of History as a discipline.

Desire in finding out about the societies and ideas that produce and infuse English.

Hence, if you have a love of history and literature, an enquiring mind and a desire to engage in debate and argument about the past and the nature of the contemporary world then we will be very happy to receive an application from you.

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.

International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.
A level BCC Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
Subject specific requirements: Grade C in English Literature, English Language, or English Language & Literature
Is general studies acceptable? Yes
Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
Average A Level offer: BCC
Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
Extended diploma subjects / grades required: 104 UCAS points accepted in combination with A2 English Literature, English Language or English Language & Literature grade C
Access to HE Diploma D: 9 credits
M: 36 credits
Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Further information: At least 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits, including English at Level 3, or any other combination that equates to 104 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Additional information: 104 Points to include studies in language and literature at Higher Level (HL)
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS points to include H4 in English

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 £15,600 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 2020/21 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