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A degree in English and American Literature offers the opportunity to study writers and writing from cultures both united and divided by a common language.
Reflecting the varied and flexible nature of English and American literatures, this course enables you to explore both in equal depth, as you look at how writers from the entwined cultures have reflected and shaped the worlds around them.
You’ll explore English literature in all its major forms – prose, poetry and drama – and from all periods, from the Renaissance onwards. At the same time, you’ll look at literature from the USA, from its inception to the present day, relating it to its social and historical contexts, while considering American writers’ enduring struggle to articulate national identity.
The course engages with a range of theoretical perspectives on literature and culture, drawn from English and American Studies and related disciplines. But crucially it also recognises that American literature is integral to, rather than separate from, the study of literatures in English.
You will have the opportunity to study abroad, including in the US, if you wish, and also the option to do your third year as a placement in Britain or abroad.
In your final year you will get the chance to spread your wings with a substantial piece of project work that presents a thesis, building on the skills you've been developing over previous years.
Our lively department is staffed by internationally renowned writers and critics, and there's a strong research culture, creating a learning environment that is both supportive and intellectually challenging. We pride ourselves on our excellent teaching and highly positive student feedback. And with our extensive cultural links both in Manchester and further afield, you'll be in the right place to begin building a creative network for your future.
This course has a Foundation Year available.
Features and Benefits
The English team is friendly, supportive and passionate about the subject, providing a stimulating environment for our students.
Access to the many conferences, readings, research programmes, festivals and competitions run by the department.
Engage with the Manchester Children’s Book Festival, a year-long programme of events and activities.
We’ll help you build your own network among our many partners within the creative and culturally rich city of Manchester.
Our diverse assessment methods support students in developing presentation and team-working skills which are highly valued by employers.
- You will have the opportunity to spend your third year on an industry placement.
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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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
|UCAS Tariff||104 - 112 points||104-112 UCAS Tariff points from three A2s or acceptable alternatives|
|A level||BCC - BBC||An English subject at GCE A Level is preferred, e.g. English Language, English Literature, English Language/Literature or Creative Writing. Subjects such as Drama, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Religious Education, History, Media Studies and General Studies will also be considered|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM||Performing Arts, Production Arts or Creative Media Production are preferred from applicants studying BTEC qualifications|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points - units taken must include some element of literary or cultural study|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||26 points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*D||Performing Arts, Production Arts or Creative Media Production are preferred from applicants studying BTEC qualifications|
GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this coursehttps://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/course/ba-english-and-american-literature/?start=september-2020