English Literature with a Modern Language BA(Hons) 2017-18

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About the course

Reading English literature is one of life's great pleasures. It can be exciting and moving at times, stimulating and challenging at others. But above all, it is enjoyable and we all tend to perform at our best when doing things we enjoy.

Your degree in English Literature will also help equip you with a wide range of desirable graduate skills and attributes, enabling you to research an unfamiliar topic from scratch, to evaluate the quality of sources, organise and analyse complex information and decide which details are most important. You'll also be supported to develop skills for communicating ideas and arguments persuasively to a variety of different audiences.

Alongside skills for working independently, the course aims to develop your confidence in being part of a team, working collaboratively in seminar discussions and on group projects. You'll will also explore how to present your ideas through a variety of contemporary digital media as well as in traditional spoken and written forms.

There are numerous different Literature units to choose from each year, so that in addition to supporting you to gain a broad overall knowledge of the subject, you also have the opportunity to tailor your studies to those areas that you find most interesting and enjoyable.

In the National Student Satisfaction Survey 2016, English scored 92% for overall student satisfaction, ranking us the best in Yorkshire.

What our English Literature External Examiners say: "Each year I have examined this programme I have praised the team's willingness to experiment and innovate in assessment; but here are some other things which also impressed me: one module used different special rubrics for each essay question, to gloss the question and indicate what would be an effective approach (rather than a generic rubric for the whole set); another module directed students to lesser-known texts by canonical authors, rather than passively allowing them to home in on the hardy perennials. Strategies like these bespeak a living, evolving programme, in which the subject is taught with energy and imagination."
 Professor Michael Bradshaw

Example of what our Modern Languages External Examiners say: “Very high standard of information and documentation for students, staff and external examiners.”
 Dr Annie D Trégouët

See what current English Literature student Sarah has to say about her course.

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year
5 years part-time

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following:

•  BBB at A Level including a minimum grade B in any form of English (including Creative Writing)

•  DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

•  120 UCAS tariff points from a combinatiion of Level 3 qualificatiions including a minimum grade B at A Level in any form of English (including Creative Writing)

•  Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above modules to include any form of English

•  Pass International Baccalaureate with an overall score of 31 points modules to include any form of English.

In addition, the standard entry level point for your modern language is an A Level in the chosen language (e.g. French, Spanish or German). However, depending on your profile, it might be possible to start below this level as the School offers a wide range of modules. Please contact the Admissions Tutor to discuss.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements at http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/howtoapply/entryrequirements/

Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.


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Email: literature@hud.ac.uk

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Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Literary Genres

You'll be introduced to literary texts which represent the established genres that form the foundation of Western literary tradition. You'll have the opportunity to explore how they've been adapted, modified and reformed in later periods and across cultures. You'll also have the chance to explore literary conventions and innovations, along with concepts and terms used in the analysis of literary texts. The assessment for this module consists of a mixture of written coursework and presentational assignments.

Integrated Learning Portfolio

This module encourages you to take a holistic view of your programme of study, understanding and using links between modules, developing academic skills and using computer skills to become an effective independent learner. You’ll aim to become reflective in your work and learning, and be critical in decision making and thinking. This will be recorded as part of a portfolio of work.

Thinking Critically

This module introduces you to a range of potential approaches for the study of literature at university level. You'll have the opportunity to evaluate key ideas and concepts from a range of theoretical approaches, taking a critical perspective to the discipline as a whole. You'll then have the chance to explore how to apply these ideas to literary and other texts. The assessment for this module consists of a mixture of written coursework and presentational assignments.

Two options from a variety of modern language modules

Modern Foreign Language modules can be chosen from the available range and entry levels appropriate to the student's prior experience and knowledge.

Year 2

Core options:

Literary Histories

In this module you will develop skills in contextual analysis relating to two different topics in literary studies. You will analyse digital resources, evaluate the arguments of a range of literary critics, and present your own arguments and ideas in a written essay and an oral presentation. The module incorporates a series of skills workshops in addition to the core of lectures and seminars on of two distinct literary topics. You will choose these from a range of options, which relate directly to the research expertise and scholarly publications of individual members of academic staff. The options on offer in 2017-18 are: - Medieval and Renaissance Women Writers - Global Shakespeare - Romanticism and War - 1837 - 20th and 21st Century Drama - Contemporary Women’s Writing

Critical Concepts 1

This module aims to develop your understanding of key theoretical concepts and the productive ways in which these can be used in reading literary and cultural texts. It encourages you to engage with challenging ideas around nation, identity, history and culture.

Choose one from a list which may include-

Work-Related Project

By taking this module you'll aim to gain valuable work-related experience by completing one or more work shadows (equivalent in total to two weeks’ full time work), and by submitting an industry standard project. You'll also reflect on the value of your studies for your career plans, as well as for the workplace and society in general.

Two options from a variety of modern language modules

Modern Foreign Language modules can be chosen from the available range and entry levels appropriate to the student's prior experience and knowledge.

Year 3

Core options:

Advanced Critical Practice

In this module you will consolidate the skills you have previously developed in critical analysis and use them to develop rigorous independent responses and innovative ideas that engage with the subjects of current debates in two separate fields of literary study. You will choose these from a range of options, which relate directly to the research expertise and scholarly publications of individual members of academic staff. The choices on offer in 2017-18 are: - Medieval and Renaissance Women Writers - Global Shakespeare - Romanticism and War - 1837 - 20th and 21st Century Drama - Contemporary Women’s Writing.

Critical Concepts 2

This module aims to enhance your understanding of key theoretical concepts, inviting you to choose a particular literary topic and conceptual focus for your own original analysis of works of literature in relation to other fields of intellectual debate such as historiography, philosophy or film studies. It encourages you to challenge and build upon the concepts and methodologies that have underpinned literary criticism in the past by engaging you in interdisciplinary perspectives and advanced debates in contemporary literary theory. The module incorporates a series of concept workshops in addition to a core of lectures and seminars on a distinct literary topic, which you will choose from the range of available options. These options relate to the research expertise and scholarly publications of individual members of academic staff. The choices on offer in 2017-18 are: - Medieval and Renaissance Women Writers - Global Shakespeare - Romanticism and War - 1837 - 20th and 21st Century Drama - Contemporary Women’s Writing.

Public Humanities

This module aims to develop skills enabling you to communicate the value and importance of literary study to a non-specialist audience. More broadly, you'll be encouraged to think about the real-world applications of a degree in English Literature, and about the role of the humanities in challenging and changing society. The module is based around, and explores numerous strategies for community and public engagement, with an emphasis on considering different ways in which literary study can be taken outside the academy and into society.

Two options from a variety of modern language modules

Modern Foreign Language modules can be chosen from the available range and entry levels appropriate to the student's prior experience and knowledge.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


This course offers the opportunity to complete a short term (up to 6 week) work placement which is a compulsory module in the second year of the course. Previous placement providers have included Pen and Sword Books, Oldham Evening Chronicle, Lotherton Hall, Rochdale Law Centre and a range of primary and secondary schools.

The ERASMUS+ exchange provides an optional short term (12 or 24 weeks) opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities where you join in classes and receive credits towards your degree at the same time. We have partnerships with universities in Athens, Ghent, Granada, Hanover, Paris and the USA. You may also wish to enhance your experience and study another language for which you can gain additional credits.

Career opportunities

95% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. In a competitive, global marketplace, by combining your major subject choice with a modern language you can add extra value to your skills and knowledge. Many companies have overseas offices and do business around the world, and having a language skill will make you more attractive to employers. The course also aims to help you develop skills in communication, self-motivation, teamwork, analysis, creative problem solving and persuasiveness. Depending on your specialism, your career choices are as varied and exciting as your degree course.

Our English Literature graduates have gone on to a variety of careers within publishing, broadcasting, teaching, writing, advertising, management, politics and local government. A selection of companies that have employed Huddersfield graduates in recent years include BBC, Zurich Financial Services, Brighouse Echo, O2 and Capita*. Others have opted for PGCE study and have become teachers, or continued their studies at Master's level. *Source: Linked In.

Teaching and assessment

20.3% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, workshops etc. Your learning will develop through lectures and seminars on particular authors and genres. You will also take part in workshops where you might learn how to write better essays, produce a digital artifact or design a research project. You will also have regular meetings with your personal tutor who will help you to reflect on your strengths and identify ways in which you can improve.

You will experience a broader range of assessment than at A level (not many exams, quite a lot of essays, but also other things like presentations, posters, research projects, and screencasts) and you will also encounter some topics which may be less familiar to you such as critical theory or digital humanities. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (either written and/or verbal) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


Our English facilities include flexible learning rooms equipped with video conferencing equipment, interactive smart boards with all-round ceiling projection and audio-visual cabinets with the usual cd/dvd playback and pc and laptop connections.

In the University Library and Computing Centre (LCC), you will find English subject specialists to help you find and use source materials. The LCC contains modern IT facilities with 24-hour access and comfortable spaces for you to work alone or in small groups. It also contains our rapidly-expanding collection of literature materials including books, journal and newspaper articles, audio recordings and a range of electronic databases (such as Early English Books Online) and several linguistic corpora (e.g the 100-million-word British National Corpus), together with the software for their analysis.

You'll have access to The Modern Language Centre computers equipped with specialist language-learning software, and digital satellite television. The labs contain magazines, newspapers, reference books, audio and audio-visual materials.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details.

If you decide to apply for a course that includes a work placement, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check may be required to enable you to undertake that placement in settings with children (e.g. within a School). Should the organisation you are going to be working in require one to be undertaken, the School will support you to apply for a check. Please note that there is a charge for the DBS check which is approximately £44.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.

You may be interested in studying: Business English and Intercultural Communication MA International Communication MA English Language and Literature (MA by Research) Communication Cultural & Media Studies (MA by Research)


If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.5 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

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Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry.

English is a thriving subject area with a strong research culture in language, linguistics, literature and creative writing that is internationally recognised and of a high collaborative standard.There are currently two research groups in English: the Centre for Intercultural Politeness Research and the Stylistics Research Centre. Current individual staff research projects also include: Grist: The Anthology of New Writing and The Anne Clifford Project.

For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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