Your degree programme contains compulsory or optional modules. Compulsory modules are designed to give you a solid grounding, optional modules allow you to tailor your degree.
Our English degree emphasises choice and flexibility in building your own unique pathway through English literature. In the first year you are exposed to a huge variety of literature through a series of largely compulsory modules, although here you do have the chance, if you wish, to step outside English and choose a module from other disciplines of the humanities, such as politics, philosophy or languages. In the second year, you are asked to choose from a range of modules which together cover the sweep of English literature - from medieval writing to contemporary novels being written today. You are also asked to choose from a separate range of modules designed to help you to improve your own writing, whether by getting a taste of the ways you might use your literary training after your degree in modules on publishing or journalism, or by experimenting with our cutting-edge 'creative critical' modules, which fuse the writing of criticism with writing creatively. If you wish, you may also take the opportunity to introduce yourself to creative writing, or take a module from other humanities courses - this is a chance to experiment with the study of film, history, or politics for example.
In the third year, you choose from a huge array of specialist modules, which grow out of the research expertise of our staff, or you might choose to undertake your own dissertation (pursuing a topic of your choice under the guidance of a supervisor).
At the same time as giving you a huge range of choice in what you study in your second and third years, our degree programme guides you to enable you to graduate with a real understanding of the history of English literature - of the extraordinary ways that writers have experimented with literary forms over centuries. To that end, we ask that over the course of your second and third years, you take at least three modules in literature written in the eighteenth century or before. You might end up encountering the romances and fables of the middle ages, the women who broke with convention to write poetry in the seventeenth century, the early journalism of the eighteenth century, or the extraordinary plays of Shakespeare. There's so much to be discovered.
The course modules section below lists the current modules by year and you can click on each module for further details. Each module lists its value (in credits) and its module code, a year of study is 120 credits.