De Montfort University

English Literature De Montfort University Degree level: Undergraduate


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English Literature at DMU will provide you with the skills and knowledge required for appreciating and discussing English literature, and an opportunity to study an exciting combination of traditional and innovative modules, from Chaucer and Shakespeare, to contemporary literature and film adaptations.

Dynamic and diverse curriculum
Read poetry, fiction and drama from different centuries and different continents to gain a comprehensive understanding of English literature with the flexibility to specialise in your areas of interest
100% overall student satisfaction
with the quality of the course and its organisation according to the National Student Survey, 2017
Study text and film
Choose options drawing on expertise from DMU’s Centre for Adaptation Studies, an area of study that incorporates English and Film Studies and is available in all three years for BA (Hons) English students at DMU
Study creative writing and English language
Choose options which allow you to study creative writing or English language modules during all three years of your degree.
Explore print and digital media
Learn to use a hand printing press or gain practical training in HTML with options exploring the production of literary texts in manuscript, print and digital forms from DMU’s Centre for Textual Studies
Gain workplace skills and experience
Put your research, reasoning and communication skills into practice with an English-related placement module or extra-curricular internship during your degree
International opportunity
Through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

Course details


First year
Core English modules:
• Introduction to the Novel
• Poetry and Society
• Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare
Optional English modules:
• Introduction to English and Adaptation
Optional Creative Writing and English Language modules:
• Exploring Creative Writing
• Words in Action: An Introduction to Grammar and Linguistics

Second year
Core English module:
• Exploration and Innovation: 14th to 18th Century Literature
Optional English modules:
• Text Technologies
• Romantic and Victorian Literature
• Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature
• Ways of Reading
• Screen and Literary Adaptations of the Classics
Optional Creative Writing and English Language modules:
• Writing Place
• Teaching English Language

Third year
Core English module:
• English Dissertation
Optional English modules:
• English in the Workplace
• Modernism and Modernity
• Sex and Death in Romantic Writing
• Shakespeare and Marlowe
• Studies in Literature and Film
• Textual Studies Using Computers
• Radical and Contemporary Adaptations
• Contemporary Irish Writing
• Victorian Revolutionary Literature: Chartism and Socialism
• The British Working Class in Literature, Film and Television: 1900-2005
• Unruly Women, Degenerate Men: Science, Gender and Gothic at the Fin de Siècle, 1880-1900
• Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

Assessment method

You will be taught by internationally-recognised academics who are friendly, approachable and experts in their fields. You will debate literature from different centuries and different continents in lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one tutorials. You will attend guest lectures by exciting writers and thinkers; previous speakers include Simon Armitage, Andrew Davies (screenwriter), Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Andrew Motion and Benjamin Zephaniah. You will learn to write fluently and persuasively, to articulate complex ideas and arguments, to research topics comprehensively and to challenge existing opinions.

Teaching sessions might be structured around discussion, a film screening or based in a computer lab depending on your module choices. You will complete reading and research in advance and join in conversation with your tutor and your peers. Individual tutorials with module tutors are available in weekly ‘office hours’, at which you can discuss any aspect of your course or get help with assignments. You will experience varied forms of assessment, including essays, presentations, exams, blogs, journals, websites, research reports and creative options.

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 Q300
Institution code D26
Campus name Leicester Campus
Campus code Y

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 - From at least 2 A Levels including grade C or above in A Level English Language or Literature
- Five GCSEs A*-C (9-4) including English Language or Literature
A level A* - C in English Language or Literature
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM and grade C or above in A Level English Language or Literature
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points

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

Please note that fees for subsequent years of study for continuing students are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fee will be in line with RPI-X (linked to the retail price index) and the fee cap set by the Government.

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