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Honours

112

UCAS points required

3 Years

Attendance

Q302

UCAS code

Dr Peter Howell

Programme Director for English Programmes

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English Literature at St Mary’s offers students the chance to investigate all aspects of literature in depth, on our beautiful historic campus, in a friendly department where we value above all the ambitions and needs of the individual student. 

English Literature is also available as an undergraduate degree with a foundation year.

Why study English Literature?

When you study literature you are not just reading and thinking about great books, you are also asking questions about society’s past and future, and ultimately interrogating your own past and future.

During your time here you will be studying literature from the Renaissance to the present day, all within the vicinity of Horace Walpole’s Gothic mansion, Strawberry Hill House, which is located on our campus.

The programme has a traditional and rigorous core of compulsory modules covering: Tragedy, Critical Theory, Renaissance Literature (including Shakespeare), Romanticism and Modernism. The literary training provided ensures that you will cover the conventional ‘classics’ meticulously.

You will develop skills that will complement the unique and innovative optional units, which you can tailor to your interests and passions.

Examples of optional modules include:

  • Gothic Cultures 1750-1900
  • Curating London
  • Writing Conflict: the First World War
  • The Lyricism of Protest: Bob Dylan
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • American Literature

    There are also opportunities to take courses oriented towards developing career aspirations in the culture industries and education, ensuring that you are prepared for the world of work.

    Why St Mary's?

    English Literature is part of a suite of programmes at St Mary's designed to cater to students' distinctive interests; English Literature can be studied as a single honours programme, or jointly with a number of other subjects. There is also the possibility of studying the BA in English (with CELTA option) and English and Drama.

    You can take advantage of the expertise and enthusiasm of our literary scholars, all while studying on our beautiful and historic campus.

    In our friendly department you will feel valued as part of a community, where you will have full access to our tutors far beyond the timetabled hours.

    Teaching methods

    You will attend lectures, interactive seminars and one-to-one tutorials, the latter of which we place a great deal of importance on.

    In your first year you can expect ten contact hours a week.

    Throughout your studies you will have access to the department's 'open door policy' that allows you to come and discuss questions, and interests, with your tutors outside of formal teaching. 

    The ‘Curating London’ option in the second year asks students to undertake an enterprising project to do with the culture and history of Twickenham and London. Students might plan a walking tour, curate an exhibition or a season of films, or create an educational website. Students can develop this project, if they wish, as part of their final-year independent project.

    Assessment methods

    Most of the modules are assessed with essays and other written forms, supplemented, where appropriate, with examinations, presentations, and contributions to digital content such as blogs, wikis and the like.

    Key facts

    • 100% of students indicated 'overall satisfaction' with the English course in the National Student Survey of 2017.
    • Study traditional literature from the Renaissance to exciting present day developments with world-leading experts in their fields
    • Emphasis on one-to-one tutoring and tailoring your degree to reflect your individual interests and needs
    • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus
    Please note: this programme is subject to validation.

    Joint honours

    Course content



    Year one

    • Contemporary Drama 
    • Contemporary Fiction 
    • Critical Theory 
    • Foundations in Literature: Tragedy 

    Year two

    • Curating London 
    • Gothic Cultures 
    • Romanticism: English Literature and its Background 1776-1832 
    • Writing Identity in the Victorian Novel 
    • Writing the 'Renaissance' 

    Year three

    • Dissertation/Independent Study 
    • Literature and the Unconscious 
    • Modernism 
    • The Lyricism of Protest: Bob Dylan 
    • Writing Conflict: The First World War 
    Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional; you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.

    Career opportunities

    English graduates are among the most flexible, and find employment in diverse fields. The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) points out that English graduates are attractive for a number of reasons, including the ability to ‘adapt and transfer critical methods to a variety of working environments’ and the ability to ‘acquire substantial quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way’.

    The opportunity to develop such transferable skills, gives you particular advantages in gaining future employment. 

    The English Literature degree at St Mary’s offers opportunities for it students to relate their studies directly to the world of work, the skills of critical thinking and communication you’ll be acquiring are some of the most valued by employers.

    St Mary's English graduates have found employment in many fields including:

    • Media
    • Publishing
    • Personnel
    • Research
    • Management
    • Retail
    • Journalism
    • Administration

    The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to English students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

    There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies. 

     

    Facilities

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    Fees and funding

    Home/EU: £9,250
    International: £11,220

    The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year.

    For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

    Additional costs

    Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

    Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact peter.howell@stmarys.ac.uk.

    Further information

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