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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.