Creative_Writing_and_English

Undergraduate

BA English

Explore language and literature through teaching that's been developed from internationally excellent research.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

120 points

A Level grades: BBB

UCAS code

Q300

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Start date

Course overview

Hull has a remarkable literary legacy that has seen it called the country's "most poetic city". Poets Andrew Marvell and Philip Larkin lived here, while the University counts the likes of Douglas Dunn and Roger McGough among our alumni.

Literature affects how we think about and communicate with the world around us. It informs our understanding of ourselves and other cultures, past and present.

Explore literature from the medieval era to the 21st century. Our modules cover (among many other things) English and American poetry, short fiction, modernism, drama, children's literature, Gothic, horror and crime fiction.

Six reasons to study English at Hull

 

  1. 100% overall satisfaction in NSS 2019
  2. 100% overall satisfaction for 'the teaching on my course'
  3. 96% graduate employability rating# 
  4. Study under internationally-renowned scholars
  5. Hull's thriving local and global literary scene
  6. 24/7 term-time access to Brynmor Jones Library

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Literature Lab

    In this module, you'll acquire essential skills for the study of literature, as well as general academic skills. You'll also develop your skills in essay writing, presenting, academic research and referencing.

    Reading Fiction

    Explore the techniques, conventions and developments of the novel from the 18th century to today. You'll engage with relevant contexts, studying authors from Austen to Ondaatje.

    Travels in Text and Time

    Time-travelling across three centuries of English literature, this module introduces you to key English writers, crossing boundaries between Medieval and Renaissance works.

    Classics of British Children’s Fiction

    This module introduces you to the academic study of children's literature based on texts from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Harry Potter.

    Reading Poetry

    This module introduces you to different forms of poetry from the Renaissance to the present day, via a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars.

    Drama and Performance

    You'll be introduced to a range of plays, ancient and modern, each of which is a theatrical and cultural landmark. Often a provocative one. 

Second year modules

In Year 2 you will be encouraged to expand and deepen your knowledge of literature chronologically and thematically. You choose six modules, including at least one from each of four specified strands.

  • Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Culture

    The Age of Chivalry and Romance

    You'll learn about and evaluate the medieval culture of chivalry and courtly love, then see how it was received in the 'real' world of later medieval England. 

    Love and Desire in Renaissance Literature, c. 1530 - 1633​

    Study the development of the most passionate and erotic representations of love and desire in English poetry and drama over a century, from the 1530s to the 1630s.

    Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

    Meet Shakespeare amid the vibrant theatrical milieu of late 16th and early 17th-century London, where he was among a number of inventive and influential playwrights of the time. 

  • Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

    Sentiment and Scandal: Literature of the Long 18th Century

    Explore sentiment and satire, sensibility and scandal in a module which focuses upon the diversity, innovations and influence of 18th-century poetry, drama and fiction.

    Visionaries and Rebels: Romantic Poets from Blake to Tennyson

    On this module, you'll discover Romanticism - a movement which gave birth to some of the greatest poetry in the English language. 

    Brief Encounters with the Victorians

    Examine shorter narratives of the Victorian period, by some of its most influential authors. You'll address key issues relating to industrialisation, class, gender and imperialism.

  • Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature and Culture

    British and American Modernism

    Explore a diverse literary period through authors on both sides of the Atlantic who stood for radical change. Featured writers include T S Eliot, Virginia Woolf and F Scott Fitzgerald.

    Voyage Out: Travel, Empire and Cultural Encounters

    Examine encounters between travellers and the cultures they visit through a study of the literature of travel, including fictional accounts and visual representations like art and film.

  • Themes in Literature

    The Child in British and American Literature and Culture

    Discover the ways in which the contradictory image of the child has been represented in literary texts in Britain and America from the 19th century through to the present day.

    Written on the Body: Rethinking Gender and Sexuality

    On this module, you'll take a fresh look at contemporary human relations with a focus on sexuality, gender and the body.

Final year modules

Our Year 3 modules are designed to allow you to explore particular topics and genres in greater depth. These modules often develop from the research interests of individual members of staff. You will write a Dissertation, on a topic of your choosing, with the support and guidance of an appropriate supervisor.

You also choose four optional modules, including at least one from List A and one from List B.

  • Compulsory

    Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

  • List A

    Playing God: Late Medieval Drama, from Page to Stage

    Explore the vibrant drama of late medieval England. Alongside study of each text, you'll be able to re-imagine the play in performance, using theatre workshops, field trips and archives.

    Unruly Subjects and Renaissance Texts

    Explore how 16th and early 17th-century writing treated controversial issues of the day such as rebellion, sexual misconduct, cross-dressing and witchcraft. 

    Authorship and Identity in Renaissance Literature

    Study how English Renaissance writers deliberately fashion themselves as ‘authors’, in relation to previous writers and works from both Classical and Early Modern European literary traditions. 

    Special Author: Shakespeare

    Study plays from the whole range of Shakespeare's dramatic career, from the early 1590s to around 1610, with a selection of comedies, histories, tragedies and tragicomedies.

  • List B

    Gothic

    On this module, you'll analyse the Gothic, from the conception of the genre in the 18th century to its manifestation in contemporary literature and film.

    Crime Fiction: Reading the Body, Reading the Signs

    Investigate the two main crime fiction traditions: classical and hardboiled. Then analyse four novels from the many subgenres that have developed more recently.

    Secrets and Lies: Victorian Decadence and Degeneration 1860-1901

    Explore new forms of writing which focus on the darker alternative or hidden aspects of Victorian society, such as the new woman, the homosexual man, the foreigner, and the poor.

    Childhood Trauma and Its Aftermath in Contemporary Fiction

    Study the ways that contemporary novels and 'misery memoirs' present childhood trauma that impacts on adolescence and adulthood. 

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

204 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

996 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

5%
95%
  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

204 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

996 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

8%
92%
  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

144 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1,056 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

5%
95%
  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry requirements

Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 30 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Our teaching staff

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Our English students enjoy 24/7 access to the recently restored Brynmor Jones Library which boasts more than a million books.

Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year (subject to approval)*

International

£14,500 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Publisher
  • Writer
  • Civil servant

This programme trains you to analyse, research and communicate at a very high level - giving you skills that are prized in many professions.

With this kind of grounding, you will have acquired the adaptability to flourish in many arenas.

These may include more obvious paths, such as teaching or library and archive work. They will also prove useful in any field requiring research skills and the ability to translate concepts into written or spoken forms, such as those needed by managers in any industry.

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