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English courses for 2018 entry

English BA (Hons) with CELTA option (subject to validation)

Students can choose to combine our English degree with a CELTA (Cambridge English Language Teaching Qualification), a valuable practical teaching qualification that will allow you to find well paid work in the UK or abroad immediately on graduation.


English Literature BA (Hons) (subject to validation)

Our English Literature Single Honours programme offers the chance to specialise in the study of literature in English, including a solid grounding in the literature and its historical background of The Renaissance, the eighteenth century, the Romantic and Victorian periods, and the twentieth century. Complementing this, students may choose to study exciting contemporary directions in writing, critical theory, and the literature of the internet.

Alternatively, English Literature may be combined with a number of other subjects as a joint honours programme, often providing career pathways, such as English Literature with Creative Writing, and English Literature with Education and Social Science.


English and Drama BA (Hons) (subject to validation)

The BA in English and Drama at St Mary’s provides the best of an education in English Literature with opportunities to develop your knowledge of performance in theory and practice. You can study english and drama as part of a carefully-designed single honours programme, aimed particularly at those interested in pursuing the community and educational aspects of drama in their careers. Students can participate in the excellent Drama Society at St Mary’s, which puts on many productions every year to a high standard.


English BA (Hons) (subject to validation)

This degree combines study of English Literature with English language and linguistics. Our students get a grounding in the study of language, and in diverse periods and genres of English literature. There is a focus on particular fields of interest that can be narrowed and sharpened as students progress.


Course Content 

All the English programmes consist of a mix of core literature modules, which guide students through the venerable and rigorous study of English, with specialist modules appropriate to each programme, on which students can express themselves as individuals, and develop their skills according to their wishes.

Core Modules

  • First Year: Tragedy from ancient Greece to contemporary London and Critical Theory
  • Second Year: Writing the Renaissance and Romantic Revolutions
  • Third Year: Modernisms in English Literature
English BA (Hons) with CELTA option

This programme combines the core Literature modules with the opportunity to study linguistics and the English language, including the desirable CELTA certificate, a vocational qualification in teaching English as a foreign language.

Optional modules will include, during the three years:

  • Contemporary International Theatre
  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Language Acquisition Second Year: CELTA (practical and theoretical)
  • Gothic Fiction
  • Gender and Identity in the Victorian Novel
  • American Literature
  • The Irish Literary Revival on Stage and Page
  • History of the English Language
  • Writing the Mind: Literature and the Unconscious
  • Writing Conflict
  • Bob Dylan and the Lyricism of Protest
English and Drama BA (Hons)

This degree combines the rigorous study of English Literature with an academic and practical study of drama. Throughout, the cultural and theatrical riches of London are brought to the fore, and students are encouraged to pursue practical aspirations in acting, writing and production through the St Mary's Drama Society.

Cores and options will include:

  • London Theatre
  • Contemporary International Theatre
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Acting
  • Devising
  • Fiction and Theatre of the New Millennium
  • The Irish Literary Revival on Stage and Page
  • Curating London
  • Writing Conflict
  • Writing for Film and TV
  • Writing the Mind: Literature and the Unconscious
  • American Literature
  • Gothic Fiction
English Literature (Joint and Single Honours)

These programmes present students with the opportunity to specialise in the study of literatures in English (in Great Britain and further afield), or to combine this study with a selection of complementary disciplines.

Single honours

Single honours students have the option of choosing a single-author paper in their third year; recent examples of this have included Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Joseph Conrad and Bob Dylan.

  • Cores and options will include:
  • Contemporary International Theatre, Contemporary Fiction
  • The Irish Literary Revival on Stage and Page
  • Curating London
  • Writing Conflict
  • Writing for Film and TV
  • Writing the Mind: Literature and the Unconscious
  • American Literature
  • Gothic Fiction
  • Writing Conflict in the First World War
  • Bob Dylan and the Lyricism of Protest
Joint honours

English Literature can be combined with the following courses to create a joint honours degree:

Joint honours students can choose to equal amounts of both subjects, or to specialise in English Language or their other programme the second and third years.

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