Sheffield Hallam University

English Literature Sheffield Hallam University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Study prose, poetry and drama in their historical, cultural and theoretical contexts and acquire sophisticated skills in interpretation, criticism and analysis.

• Explore a range of literature in many genres, from the Renaissance period to the present day.
• Develop your skills of communication, analysis, evaluation, problem-solving and creativity.
• Increase your employability through work placements and studying abroad.

This popular degree will develop your expertise in literary textual studies, and prepare you for your chosen career.

How you learn

The high quality, vibrant and and challenging learning and teaching methods you will encounter during the course are carefully designed to build confidence and independence as you progress from the first to the third year. With a range of professionally-orientated modules, including work-based projects, and foreign language electives at all levels of study, you will become a flexible and innovative graduate.

You learn through:

• lectures and seminars
• tutorials and workshops
• presentations
• work-based projects
• guided self-study

Live projects

You may complete a work-based or work-related project, gaining professional experience in areas such as literary editing, feature journalism or publicity and enhancing your employability. Project hosts have included ASSIST, Settle Stories, Storying Sheffield, Site Gallery and Venture Matrix Big Challenge Project.

In the second semester of your second year you can choose to study English abroad at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland, Trent University in Canada, University of Luxembourg, or Georgia Southern University in the USA.

Field trips

Throughout your degree course you will engage with culture both within and beyond the University. We are located in the heart of the city, in easy walking distance of the Crucible and Lyceum theatres and the Showroom cinema.

You can also get involved with Sheffield's annual Off the Shelf literary festival, visit Sheffield theatres and enjoy drama workshops by the 1623 Theatre Company. Recent field trips have also included London's Globe Theatre, Doc/Fest international documentary festival and country houses including Brodsworth Hall near Doncaster.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a variety of careers. Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work as a:

• marketer
• copywriter
• teacher
• researcher
• civil servant
• administrator
• youth worker
• recruitment consultant
• journalist

Students also often go on to take postgraduate qualifications in subjects as varied as teaching, social work, law, English literature and writing.

Course details


Year 1 compulsory modules
Epic Transformations - 20 credits
Introduction To Critical Theory - 20 credits
Literature Of War And Peace - 20 credits
Space, Place And Identity - 20 credits
Writing Yourself: Theory, Practice And Creativity - 20 credits

Elective modules
Film Narrative - 20 credits
Foreign Language - 20 credits

Year 2 compulsory modules
Crossing Over: Power, Death And Desire - 20 credits
Literary Theory And Philosophy Of Literature - 20 credits
Literature Of The Eighteenth Century And Romantic Period - 20 credits
Shakespearean Drama - 20 credits

Elective modules
Adapting For The Screen - 20 credits
Exchange Student Project - 20 credits
Foreign Language - 20 credits
London: Literary And Historical Perspectives 1728-1914 - 20 credits
The Gothic - 20 credits
Work-Based Project - 20 credits
Writing For Children - 20 credits

Final year compulsory module
Literature Dissertation - 40 credits

Elective modules
Censorship, Conflict And Scandal - 20 credits
Contemporary Fiction - 20 credits
Exploring English Education - 20 credits
Foreign Language - 20 credits
In Darkest England: Fiction At Work 1880-1915 - 20 credits
Pirates, Knights And Aliens: Insiders And Outsiders In Renaissance England - 20 credits
Representing Modernity 1900-2000: Modernism, Realism, Postmodernism - 20 credits
Work-Based Project - 20 credits

Assessment method

Practical assessment

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 Q320
Institution code S21
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points 80 UCAS points, including 48 points from two A levels or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.
Access to HE Diploma At least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits from level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English at grade C or 4.

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English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 With a minimum score of 5.5 in all skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,250 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

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Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

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Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus
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S1 1WB

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