Sheffield Hallam University

English and History Sheffield Hallam University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Discover the making of the modern world and explore how literature engages with it.

• Explore the relationship between English literature and modern history.
• Develop your skills by studying a module in a foreign language.
• Build your confidence through work placements or studying abroad.

Study Shakespeare, the remarkable 18th, 19th and 20th centuries through to the present day on this creative, compelling and challenging course. By combining modules from both disciplines you develop your interest in both English literature and modern history, while refining and strengthening a range of academic and professional skills.

How you learn

The majority of teaching and learning will be done through lectures, group seminars and independent study. You are taught by lecturers who are experts in their fields, delivering lessons informed by their own research experience and specialisms.

You learn through:

• lectures and seminars
• independent study
• field trips
• work placements
• studying abroad
• workshops

Work placements

In year two you have the opportunity to study Applied History, including a placement. Past placements have included local primary and secondary schools, local museums such as Kelham Island Industrial Museum, and other heritage organisations and local businesses.

You can study abroad as part of an exchange. Current exchange locations for students include Prague, Czech Republic, Sweden, France, Switzerland, USA, Canada and Australia.

Live projects

We place a strong emphasis on developing your employability and career management skills. Past students have worked on projects for community-based history projects, museums, a local playwright, the South Yorkshire Through Time website, ASSIST (Asylum Seeker Support Initiative Short Term), Settle Stories (Performing Arts Theatre), local MPs, and the Citizens Advice Bureau. Alternatively, you can complete a placement in a school.

You can also choose to be involved in Sheffield's annual Off the Shelf literary festival.

Field trips

Recent trips have included Manchester People's History Museum, the Museum of London, London's Globe Theatre, country houses and archives. We are situated close to Sheffield's Showroom cinema and we visit the Crucible Theatre.

This course prepares you for a career in:

• teaching
• museums and heritage
• charity and fundraising
• marketing and sales
• TV research
• journalism
• publishing

Others have continued their studies at postgraduate level following graduation.

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work in many diverse fields, including:

• local government
• human resources
• advertising
• financial services
• the media and journalism
• librarianship
• teaching
• the heritage industry
• law
• human resources

Course details


Year 1 compulsory modules
Empires And Encounters - 20 credits
Epic Transformations- 20 credits
Introduction To Critical Theory - 20 credits
Making History: Sex And Gender In The Archives - 20 credits
Nations, Regions And Borders In Modern Europe, C.1860-1939 - 20 credits

Year 1 elective modules
Foreign Language - 20 credits
Literature Of War And Peace - 20 credits

Year 2 compulsory module
London: Literary And Historical Perspectives 1728-1914 - 20 credits

Year 2 elective modules
Applied History: Work And Community - 40 credits
Crossing Over: Power, Death And Desire - 20 credits
Eastern Europe 1945-1989 - 20 credits
Foreign Language - 20 credits
Germany, 1890 - 1933: From Reich To Republic - 20 credits
Literary Theory And Philosophy Of Literature - 20 credits
Literature Of The Eighteenth Century And Romantic Period - 20 credits
Race: Difference And Power In The Modern World - 20 credits
Shakespearean Drama - 20 credits
Slavery And Anti-Slavery In The British Atlantic, 1763-1838 - 20 credits
The City Of London And The British Economy Since 1870 - 20 credits
The Cold War Era - 20 credits
The Gothic - 20 credits
Total War And European Society, 1792-1945 - 20 credits
Work-Based Project - 20 credits
Writing For Children - 20 credits

Final year compulsory module
English And History Dissertation - 40 credits

Final year elective modules
American Politics And Society Since 1968 - 20 credits
Australia - From Penal Settlement To Nation, 1788-2000 - 20 credits
Censorship, Conflict And Scandal - 20 credits
Chartism: Working-Class Politics And Culture In Britain, 1838-48 - 20 credits
Citizenship, Violence And Race: Germans And Africans In Colonial And Postcolonial Encounters - 20 credits
Contemporary Fiction - 20 credits
European Orientalism: Encounters With Asia And The Middle East 1800-C1950 - 20 credits
Foreign Language - 20 credits
In Darkest England: Fiction At Work 1880-1915 - 20 credits
India And The British Raj, 1765-1947 - 20 credits
Industrial Warfare And The Great War, 1914 To 1918 - 20 credits
Insurgency And Counterinsurgency Since 1857 - 20 credits
Northern Soul: Constructing Regional Identities In The North Of England 1800-Present - 20 credits
Pirates, Knights And Aliens: Insiders And Outsiders In Renaissance England - 20 credits
Representing Modernity 1900-2000: Modernism, Realism, Postmodernism - 20 credits
Rise And Decline Of Soviet Communism - 20 credits
South Africa In The Twentieth Century - 20 credits
The Third Reich And Its Aftermath: Germany, 1933-1961 - 20 credits
Work-Based Project - 20 credits

Assessment method

Coursework and exams

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

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Course code QV31
Institution code S21
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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.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma P: 45 credits 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

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Sheffield Hallam University
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S1 1WB

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