English Literature student between library shelves
UCAS Code
Q301
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2020

Overview

Portsmouth is the perfect place to study literature. Charles Dickens was born here, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle called these streets home, and Rudyard Kipling’s work was inspired by his early years in the city.

On this BA (Hons) English Literature degree course, you’ll examine literature from classics to the contemporary, and become an expert in reading, analysing and discussing the written works that inspire you.

You’ll emerge with a skill set that’s sought after for careers in the arts, publishing and media. The critical thinking, reading and analytical abilities you'll develop will also set you up for postgraduate study or roles in areas like teaching and politics.

What you'll experience

On this English Literature degree course you’ll:

  • Build your knowledge of literature, from Shakespeare to the present day, and across genres from crime writing to magical realism
  • Learn from staff who are undertaking research in this field, ensuring you keep abreast of the latest developments
  • Tailor your studies to the areas of literature that excite you the most, choosing modules that match your interests
  • Develop analytical reading, presentation and team-work skills that’ll serve you in your future career
  • Get plenty of one-on-one sessions with your personal tutor

You can also:

  • Meet high-profile figures in the literary world and attend a reception at our annual Literary Prizes and Public Acclaim event
  • Develop personal and professional contacts locally and further afield through our work-related modules

Optional pathways

There are optional pathways through this degree that let you combine your literature studies with another interest. These pathways lead to the following exit awards when you finish the course:

Careers and opportunities

A degree in English literature is a great foundation for a career in the arts. Graduate employers also value the sophisticated analytical and presentational skills you'll develop on this course.

What can you do with an English Literature degree?

After the course, you could work in areas such as:

  • advertising
  • journalism
  • arts and media
  • public relations
  • copywriting
  • teaching
  • research

You could also study at postgraduate level.

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job or course that puts your skills to work. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

I chose Portsmouth because of the English Literature course it offered, it was varied and sounded interesting. Some of my work is currently being used in a Holocaust Memorial exhibition in The D-Day Story in Southsea.

Chloe Bolton, BA Hons English Literature

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) English Literature degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

What you'll do

You’ll explore and analyse representations of 'the body' in literature from the early modern to contemporary periods, as the site of conformity and resistance, identification and otherness. The module will give you an introduction to some theoretical approaches to reading 'the body' in literature (such as gender theory and posthumanism) and to key terms and concepts (such as, queer, abject, grotesque and the body politic).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and discuss some of the ways literary and theoretical texts underpin, help negotiate and/or challenge social and cultural understandings of ‘the body’, and vice-versa
  • Describe key concepts such as the body politic, embodiment/disembodiment, the posthuman, queer, abject and grotesque
  • Recognise the effect of historical context on the construction of the body in literature
  • Understand issues around the social inclusion/exclusion of differently constructed bodies
  • Analyse literary, critical and contextual sources
  • Organise and communicate ideas effectively in line with the principles of undergraduate writing
Teaching activities
  • 35 hours of seminars
  • 11 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 23 hours of lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 331 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 6,000-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark) - this consists of 4 x individual short pieces of coursework compiled into a portfolio

What you'll do

The AEP provides you with a broad, deep understanding of your discipline and latest research, enabling you to engage with the English Literature community in debates and develop your employability skills. You can come to as many events as you'd like and we're sure that the AEP will further enhance your University experience.

Teaching activities
  • 2 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops

What you'll do

It challenges the focus on national literature (and a national canon) by introducing you to literature written in English from across the globe and to globally influential non-English language texts. You’ll explore the idea of world literature and writing from diverse cultures with shared concerns regarding environment, identity, power, ethnicity, gender, and class.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe key concepts such as ‘world literature’, ‘global literature’, ‘diasporic literature’, and ‘transnational literature’
  • Recognise the challenges involved in the analysis of literature from different cultures and periods
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues relating to power, class, gender, and ethnicity in literatures and cultures and reflect on these in relation to personal beliefs and values
  • Recognise the effects of reading literature in translation
  • Identify and discuss how literary and cultural traditions are formed, and how non-English language texts or literatures in English have shaped other national, regional, or linguistic traditions
  • Analyse literary, critical and contextual sources, and organise and communicate ideas effectively in accordance with the principles of undergraduate writing
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 23 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 166 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 2 x 1,500-word written assignments (50% of final mark, each)

What you'll do

You’ll explore core critical thinkers in the field (these could include Barthes, Lyotard, Radway, Adorno, Benjamin, Bakhtin) and popular genres such as spy fiction, fantasy writing, science fiction and crime writing. You’ll also study texts from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first century to outline cultural developments such as ‘mass culture’ which will engage you with critical and theoretically-grounded debates about literary and, by extension, cultural values, and who assigns these.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe key concepts such as mass culture and popular writing
  • Understand the problems surrounding cultural value
  • Demonstrate critical reading skills
  • Recognise the effect of cultural functions of formulaic popular genres
  • Analyse literary, critical and contextual sources, and organise and communicate ideas effectively in accordance with the principles of undergraduate writing
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 23 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 166 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 2 x 1,500-word written assignments (50% of final mark, each)

What you'll do

You’ll be introduced to theories of narrative structure (narratology) and develop your critical thinking of literary and theoretical texts.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Research, plan, and write an essay suitable to the degree context in approach, style, presentation and level of engagement with primary and secondary sources
  • Interpret a short work of prose using critically informed close-reading skills
  • Identify and compare narrative forms such as the 'first person narrative', 'third person narrative' and 'unreliable narrator'
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 1-hour seminars
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 166 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 200-word coursework project (10% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment (90% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll study these alongside literary texts to deliver a productive dialogue between literature and theory, and to produce critical and complex readings of literary texts.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Define core terms and identify critical approaches for literary study
  • Incorporate critical theory into textual analysis as appropriate at this level
  • Summarise, compare and evaluate different critical readings
  • Orally present complex material in an effective manner
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 24 x 1-hour seminars
  • 1 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 1 x 2-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 166 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment (50% of final mark)
  • a 5-minute oral assessment and presentation (50% of final mark)

Year 2

Core modules

What you'll do

The AEP provides you with a broad, deep understanding of your discipline and latest research, enabling you to engage with the English Literature community in debates and develop your employability skills. You can come to as many events as you'd like and we're sure that the AEP will further enhance your University experience.

Teaching activities
  • 2 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify opinions related to the judgement of literary value and questions of canonicity
  • Make critically informed judgements of value based upon textual analysis and related approaches
  • Reflect on the role played by literary prizes in the reception of texts
  • Understand the relationship between degree-related skills and work-related environments and activities
  • Identify and implement appropriate techniques for solving work-based problems
  • Take further responsibility for your own learning activities
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 1-hour seminars
  • 11 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll explore how research develops from seeds of ideas to the ""finished"" product and you’ll review and develop how you use resources and construct arguments. You’ll critically evaluate your academic skills and progress in relation to transferable skills and career pathways.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify relevant sources for an undergraduate research project
  • Recognise different approaches that can be taken in literary research
  • Employ research methods and frameworks
  • Compare and contrast critical approaches to a theme and/or topic
  • Formulate a dissertation proposal
  • Evaluate your research progress and identify areas for development
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 4 x 1-hour lectures
  • 5 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 5-minute oral presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word portfolio (70% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You'll investigate how the conflict between loyalties of family, friends and state often produces bloodshed and examine the symbolic significance of blood. You'll also explore how history and different concepts of power, gender and social order are represented within the plays through their use of language, imagery, dramatic devices and form.

What you'll learn

When you successfully complete this module, you'll be able to:

  • Identify the central features of Shakespeare's History plays as a genre
  • Analyse the plays in terms of language, imagery, structure and form, stage spectacle, genre and thematic content
  • Recognise and analyse the relationship between the plays and the cultural and historical context in which they were produced
  • Identify and evaluate a variety of critical approaches to Shakespeare's History plays
  • Communicate and work, individually and as part of a team, to contribute to group presentations and seminar discussions
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures (featuring interactive activities, where appropriate)
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars 

You'll also have scheduled tutorials, continuous online access to supporting material and get regular feedback from teaching staff on your coursework.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

At the end of this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a choice between a 1,500-word close reading exercise, or a creative piece with a short reflective essay (1,500-words in total) (40% of final mark) – due around weeks 5/6
  • a 2,000-word discursive essay (60% of final mark) – due at the end of the module

What you'll do

You'll read them in historical and theoretical contexts and raise questions about the formation and definition of popular genres, the interaction of text and reader, and the politics of popular writings. You’ll scrutinise the ways in which popular fiction constructs identity, law and the deviant, combined with its fostering of intellectual curiosity, and independent and critical thought.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify key concerns addressed in crime and detective literatures
  • Analyse literary texts within the crime genre
  • Apply different theoretical approaches to a defined problem within crime and detective literatures
  • Conduct targeted independent research that results in a critical literary analysis of crime and detective literatures, demonstrating awareness of relevant theoretical approaches
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll consider who defines what is and isn’t acceptable, how those standards have changed over time, and how people have resisted the restrictions placed on them. You’ll examine notions of self-censorship and self-regulation, as well as ideas of control and agency as a basis for critically engaging with the notion of state power in different historical periods.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate a variety of sources and appraise different aspects of censorship, state power and control
  • Compare and critically reflect on different notions of human control and agency and the various ways that these operated in different locations under contrasting regimes
  • Differentiate between the historiographical approaches towards notions of censorship, state power and control
  • Communicate ideas and arguments effectively, in a range of different formats
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures/seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word written assignment (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll look at the roots of environmental anxieties in late-nineteenth century science and culture, examine how representations of environmental crisis and disaster are used to reflect human anxieties, aspirations, and fears, and study the relationship between environmental concerns and specific genres (such as science fiction). You’ll explore methods and motivations behind ecocritical approaches such as dystopian and apocalyptic writing in relation to the dominant field of pastoral studies and explore how ecocriticism, animal studies, and posthumanism looks at issues of materiality, identity, alterity, consciousness, being, sovereignty, and power.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Define and critically assess core terms and concepts for theoretically-informed literary analysis
  • Demonstrate advanced and critically-informed close reading skills
  • Systematically conduct independent targeted research for a specific project that results in a critically informed and contextualised literary analysis
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the potential or actual interplay of different theoretical approaches to a given issue on the module
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
  • 3 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll examine examples from various media forms (such as magazines, books, television, film, digital and social media).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Engage with and use a range of critical discussions
  • Analyse contemporary and historical media sources, of significance to diverse representations of gender
  • Identify, discuss and analyse media interventions in gender representation
  • Critically discuss the prevalence and significance of gender representation in the media
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 172 hours studying independently. This is around 5.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through a 2,500-word essay (100% of final mark).

What you'll do

You'll look at questions of how national identities are constructed, how they change over time, and who is considered part of a national or ethnic community and who is excluded.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explore the formation of national and ethnic identities through case studies
  • Evaluate scholarly debates about national identities, ethnic identities and nationalism
  • Apply theoretical and methodological approaches to a number of different case studies
  • Conduct research through focused reading, examine primary sources, and communicate findings effectively
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word document commentary (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word documentary essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll enter at the appropriate level for your existing language knowledge. If you combine this module with language study in your first or third year, you can turn this module into a certificated course that is aligned with the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFRL).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module:

  • You'll have improved your linguistic skills in Arabic, British Sign Language, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, French, German or Spanish
  • You'll be prepared for Erasmus study abroad
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through: 

  • coursework (100% of final mark) 

What you'll do

You'll organise your own programme of learning activities to total at least 80 hours, supported by faculty-led workshops.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Reflect on your learning and experience to date and use this to organise suitable work experience
  • Propose a programme of learning that will demonstrate and develop your employability skills
  • Critically evaluate your learning and experience and relate this to your future career goals
  • Use reflective practice to communicate the results of your experience
Teaching activities
  • 9 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 2 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 80-hours of work-based learning
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 180 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 4,000-word coursework report (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll question the relationship between the sacred and the literary; the earthly and spiritual considerations in translating scripture or re-presenting biblical narratives; the relationship between substance and style in literary treatments of the sacred; and anxieties around artistic pride. You’ll explore developments in the literary representations of the devil and of God, and the altering conceptions of man’s relationship to the divine and the demonic, as well as examine the religious and political shifts across the period, critically analysing how ideological positions are presented, resisted or challenged.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Distinguish between the religious, political and/or cultural positions of authors studied
  • Identify and explain the effects of genre, formal and linguistic qualities, literary devices and imagery
  • Compare and contrast the ways in which early modern texts negotiate the relationship between man, God and the devil
  • Analyse literary, critical and contextual sources, and organise, communicate and present ideas effectively
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 3-hour classes (mixed mode lecture-seminars)
  • 3 x 1-hour one-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework project (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll explore different works by a selection of British and non-British writers to assess the formal developments and stylistic innovations brought to the genre by authors writing from a variety of cultural perspectives. The concept of historiographic metafiction will come under scrutiny, as will the recent trend of the neo-Victorian novel, in order to examine some of the major concerns of contemporary neo-historical fiction, including its probing into the mechanics of historical writing and historical representation, and its challenging of accepted versions of 'historical truth'. The examination of the selected texts will be informed by recent theoretical thought in postcolonial, gender, and queer studies.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and explain core terms and concepts linked to neo-historical fiction, and apply them to selected primary texts
  • Undertake close readings of neo-historical fiction, demonstrating awareness of relevant theoretical approaches
  • Identify and apply appropriate strategies for focused literary study of complex ideas linked to neo-historical fiction
  • Conduct targeted independent research that results in critical literary analysis of neo-historical fiction, showing awareness of relevant theoretical approaches
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 3-hour lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 90-minute open in-class test (50% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also learn about the techniques used to control the flow of information in different countries.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Understand the history and current use of propaganda
  • Identify specific examples of propaganda (such as advertising and war reporting)
  • Analyse how propaganda is used to support the ideologies of state, nationalism and capitalism
  • Examine how visual culture contributes to propaganda in mass mediated society
  • Evaluate dimensions of power, the media's role and the function of propaganda in society
  • Analyse the impact of media power and propaganda on public policy-making
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 2 x 2,000-word essays (50% of final mark, each)

What you'll do

You'll examine the intellectual, social, cultural and political factors influencing writers in this period. Texts you read will explore the American identity, as well as changing attitudes towards religion, race, gender, sexuality and class.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify key concerns, aesthetics or genres that allow for a sub-categorisation of post-1800 US writing
  • Critically evaluate different theoretical approaches to a defined concept within US writing
  • Produce critically informed close readings of US literary texts
  • Conduct independent research about an identified concept and offer a literary analysis of US writing in context
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 7-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 40-minute exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll explore how research develops from seeds of ideas to the ""finished"" product and you’ll review and develop how you use resources and construct arguments. You’ll critically evaluate your academic skills and progress in relation to transferable skills and career pathways.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify relevant sources for an undergraduate research project
  • Recognise different approaches that can be taken in literary research
  • Employ research methods and frameworks
  • Compare and contrast critical approaches to a theme and/or topic
  • Formulate a dissertation proposal
  • Evaluate your research progress and identify areas for development
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 4 x 1-hour lectures
  • 5 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 5-minute oral presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word portfolio (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also explore society's engagement with popular screen media.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Apply theoretical and critical approaches to screen media studies
  • Critically identify, select and engage with online resources
  • Use best practice when researching
  • Understand the historical and chronological social context of screen media
  • Combine practice with theory in screen media studies
  • Understand the economic impact of the screen on the creative leisure and entertainment industry
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a coursework exercise (10% of final mark)
  • a coursework exercise (10% of final mark)
  • a 2,000 word essay (80% of final mark)

What you'll do

Framed by the ideas of the Atlantic world, you’ll explore the space created by the peoples who inhabited Europe, Africa, and the Americas where peoples, goods, and ideas were exchanged across national and imperial borders.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explore various core topics in the history of race and slavery in the Atlantic World
  • Evaluate the historiography of slavery and antislavery in the Atlantic world
  • Critically examine the nature and basis of primary evidence
  • Write effectively using appropriate academic norms and conventions
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 178 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word written assignment (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll examine how place and architecture in literature actively construct subjectivity, identity, gendered perceptions of the world, and being and you'll look at the rhetoric of space and place in relation to interior and exterior space, town and country, rooms and landscape. The module establishes the importance of place and relates this to gender from which you’ll develop critical and cultural implications of these readings in relation to psychoanalysis, phenomenology, poststructuralism, gender theory and ecocriticism.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss conceptual and thematic aspects of the literature
  • Reflect on the ways that subjectivity is formulated at specific periods and is related to place and/or gender
  • Recognise the materiality and historicity of philosophical and theoretical concepts
  • Comprehend the significance of perception for the subject and in narrative voice
  • Define and critically assess key terms and concepts for theoretically-informed literary analysis
  • Demonstrate critically-informed close reading skills and contextualised literary analysis
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment (60% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Manage and complete tasks in a study relevant to your course, with an appropriate level of skill, initiative, independence and performance
  • Critically reflect on the formal learning experience and student ambassadorial role for the University, and consider the relevance of this learning to future study and/or employability and personal development
  • Critically assess how activities relate to disciplinary knowledge and practice covered on your undergraduate course within the global context
Teaching activities
  • 5 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 595 hours abroad
Independent study time

n/a

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

The cross disciplinary nature of this module equips you with employability skills required by creative transmedia industries. You'll develop practical approaches and team work skills, combined with theoretical underpinning, to develop your own transmedia franchise.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically examine commercial and grassroots texts that contribute to larger media franchises (mobisodes and webisodes, comics, games)
  • Trace the historical context from which modern transmedia practices emerge
  • Understand the processes of transmedia narrative structures
  • Develop and pitch transmedia strategies around an existing or proposed media property in a team
  • Conduct, apportion and complete research within planning processes
  • Successfully execute a student proposed transmedia project
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 13 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 6 hours of demonstration
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a practical skills assessment (30% of final mark)
  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll study how behaviours now considered private or medical such as sexual incontinency were formerly monitored and controlled, the role of religious ideas and the participation of neighbours,  and you'll examine changes to criminal justice from when corporal, capital punishment and torture were considered acceptable to the eighteenth-century 'bloody code', to the enlightenment ideas of punishment and modern policing. You’ll also explore the impact of urbanisation on patterns of crime and anxieties surrounding it and the use of criminal prosecution as a means of social control, in relation to enforcing gender-roles and controlling the poor.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate a variety of sources relating to and appraise different aspects of the history of crime
  • Assess methods of social control used at different periods of time, and the extent to which these were challenged
  • Differentiate between different historiographical approaches and arguments in the history of crime
  • Review how legal records can be used as a primary source for the understanding of social history
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word written assignment (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

This module includes writing from Latin America, the Caribbean, the US and Canada.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify key concerns, aesthetics or genres used in texts by women in the Americas
  • Critically evaluate theoretical approaches to a defined problem
  • Produce critically informed close readings of literary texts
  • Conduct independent research about an identified problem and offer a literary analysis in context
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (70% of final mark)
  • a 10-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)

Optional sandwich year

Optional modules

What you'll do

Your placement year will be assessed after a period of no less than 30 weeks, on a pass/fail basis.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically reflect on the skills needed in a placement environment
  • Identify and evaluate your learning experience and the relevance of this to future careers and professional development
  • Identify areas for improvement or further training in your professional development
  • Evaluate your success in meeting the objectives identified in your learning agreement
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 1-hour seminars
  • 1,125 hours on placement
Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word coursework portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)

Year 3

Core modules

What you'll do

The AEP provides you with a broad, deep understanding of your discipline and latest research, enabling you to engage with the English Literature community in debates and develop your employability skills. You can come to as many events as you'd like and we're sure that the AEP will further enhance your University experience.

Teaching activities
  • 2 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Complete a dissertation proposal
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and awareness of existing research and literature in a relevant literary field of study, and consolidate it in a written form
  • Employ relevant methods of social research and analysis in an ethical framework, to develop a rigorous research methodology
  • Identify, analyse and evaluate research findings
  • Plan and manage an independent research project
  • Present your research in a clearly structured and coherently argued dissertation
  • Communicate in writing to a literary audience
Teaching activities
  • 10 hours of project supervision
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 390 hours studying independently. This is around 12 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through: 

  • a 1,000-word essay (10% of final mark)
  • a 9,000-word dissertation (90% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You’ll focus on how material and metaphorical representations of food and consumption reflect and construct Victorian attitudes to issues such as gender, race, class, nation and sexuality. You’ll also examine typical themes such as hunger and self-starvation, gluttony and excess, and disorderly forms of consumption such as vampirism and cannibalism.  

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Define, deploy and critically assess core terms and concepts for theoretically informed literary analysis
  • Apply critically-informed close reading skills to the analysis of text
  • Analyse and evaluate the cultural meanings and ideological assumptions present in Victorian representations of food and consumption
  • Synthesise different critical perspectives on food in literature to produce a critically informed and contextualised literary analysis
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment (40% of final mark) – a close-reading exercise, where you'll demonstrate your skills in analysing a short passage of text 
  • a 2,500-word written assignment (60% of final mark) – a discursive essay, where you'll compare two of the texts studied on the module

What you'll do

You’ll study tragic and comic forms, and gain an understanding of how thematic developments in early modern drama relate to the cultural and historical contexts in which the plays were produced. You’ll engage with issues of power and justice, develop your understanding of genre, intertextuality and metatheatre, and discuss themes such as the construction of gendered identity, passions, ghosts, madness, death and desire.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically assess key terms and concepts for analysis of selected primary texts
  • Demonstrate advanced, critically-informed close reading skills
  • Apply appropriate strategies for focused literary study of complex ideas
  • Conduct independent targeted research that results in a critically informed and contextualised literary analysis
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 3-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

Divided into two sections, you’ll first focus on eighteenth-century debates about progress and modernity (and their relationship with culture, gender, status, race and nationality) in the French and Scottish Enlightenment periods. You’ll then learn about the role played by ideas of Enlightenment in modern critical theory.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Define and critically assess key terms and concepts to selected primary texts
  • Demonstrate advanced close reading skills
  • Apply appropriate strategies for focused literary study of complex ideas
  • Conduct targeted research that results in a critically informed and contextualised literary analysis
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll look at first-person perspectives and contemporary ‘post-memory’ point of views. You'll also evaluate how the Holocaust is represented, and study the ethics of writing and memorialisation.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and critically define key concepts that influence Holocaust writing
  • Critically assess the ways in which trauma and memory influence Holocaust writing
  • Analyse the importance of Holocaust writing in the formation of cultural memory
  • Conduct critical readings of Holocaust writing that are informed by a broad selection of critical and theoretical approaches, and reflective of wide-ranging independent research
  • Creatively author a portfolio of innovative reflections on selected Holocaust writing
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word group portfolio (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop fundamental skills needed to be a teacher, and the capability to structure and deliver a short lesson.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the expectations of a professional teacher in terms of skills, knowledge and conduct
  • Discuss the importance of safeguarding students
  • Apply fundamental concepts of teaching and learning theory to plan an effective, peer-assessed lesson
  • Deliver lesson plans with clear objectives, student-centred learning and assessment of learning
  • Reflect on the use of active learning methods within subject specialism
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 2-hour seminars
  • 2 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 10 x 1-hour lectures
  • 4 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a practical skills assessment (50% of final mark)
  • a written assignment including essay (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll organise your own programme of learning activities to total at least 80 hours, supported by faculty-led workshops.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Reflect on your learning and experience to date and use this to organise suitable work experience
  • Propose a programme of learning that will demonstrate and develop your employability skills
  • Critically evaluate your learning and experience and relate this to your future career goals
  • Use reflective practice to communicate the results of your experience
Teaching activities
  • 9 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 2 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 80-hours of work-based learning
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 180 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 4,000-word coursework report (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll then evaluate and apply your findings through close textual analysis of notable magical realist texts. The module considers issues of postcolonialism, the limits of realism, postmodern narratorial techniques, historiography and transculturation.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Define and critically assess key terms and concepts in relation to primary texts
  • Demonstrate advanced close reading skills
  • Apply appropriate strategies for the literary study of complex ideas
  • Conduct targeted research that results in a critically informed and contextualised literary analysis
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 40-minute exam (20% of final mark)
  • a 40-minute exam (20% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word coursework project (60% of final mark) - including research poster

What you'll do

You'll critically examine the responsibility of journalists in conflict situations.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically engage with debates and theories about the relationship between news, war and peace
  • Assess and analyse arguments about the news media's role in reporting war and peace
  • Evaluate critical positions taken towards the news media's reporting of war and peace
  • Apply knowledge gained on the module to self-directed research
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 5.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through a 4,000-word essay (100% of final mark).

What you'll do

You'll analyse employer expectations and apply your findings to refine your professional profile. You'll also prepare a job application pack, and take part in a mock interview as both a candidate and a recruiter and/or assessor.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate your personal professional profile and relate it to the development of effective job application strategies
  • Research and critically evaluate employers' expectations of a candidates' skills, attributes and competences in different sector
  • Evaluate your scores from various Psychometric tests to prepare for an employment assessment
  • Professionally communicate the outcomes of your experience to potential employers by producing a CV, statement, video pitch and a mock and formal job interview
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (10% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word coursework report (25% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word practical skills assessment (65% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll focus on the distinction between 'factual' and 'fictional' science, and draw on history and theory to examine how science, technology and the figure of the scientist have been represented in a variety of media forms. These include literature, cinema, television, advertising, new media and journalism.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically discuss the role of the mass media in our understanding of the world, including the consequences and effects of social and technological change on that media and understanding
  • Evaluate diverse representations of mediated science and technology in a variety of institutional, cultural and historical contexts
  • Recognise and critique the wider social and cultural relevance of science and technology, as well as the implications of its mass mediation, in contemporary society
Teaching activities
  • 4 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 172 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a coursework project (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

The topics will be driven by your deep engagement, working in groups, with both the historiography and primary sources relevant to the topic.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse and assess the various historical approaches to the study of a strand of specialist history
  • Conduct intensive critical work on primary source documentation
  • Explore the relationship between primary and secondary source materials
  • Engage with the methodological and interpretive issues in the historiographical theme identified
  • Individually or within a group context, build upon prior research and construct a coherent presentation in the chosen subject area
  • Demonstrate intellectual, transferable and employability skills appropriate to the field of history
Teaching activities
  • 3 x 1-hour lectures
  • 10 x 3-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)
  • a 3,000-word written assignment (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll take part in individual research and reflection as well as in group discussions. Your research will be driven by your engagement with primary sources relevant to the topic, and this in-depth engagement with a specific topic will allow you to form your own conclusions. You'll develop skills from your first and second years in handling primary and secondary sources, synthesising materials, developing arguments and presenting responses in a variety of formats to particular debates between historians.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Undertake intensive critical work on primary sources relating to a strand of specialist history
  • Analyse and critically evaluate various historiographical approaches to the study of a strand of specialist history
  • Construct and present arguments effectively and persuasively in a range of appropriate formats
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 3-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 3,000-word written assignment including essay (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll look at these ideas from political, philosophical and ethical positions.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Engage with key debates and theories on modern comedy history and theory
  • Demonstrate the use of both primary and secondary arguments for a written piece of work
  • Evaluate agency and authorship, as well as national and industrial factors in comedy
  • Approach the study of comedy from national, political, social and cultural contexts
  • Use different academic views in the analysis of comedy
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend small group lectures. These will incorporate reflective and interactive exercises that will inform your assessments.

You'll be supplied with online resources such as recordings, suggested materials, film and media texts, the reading list and other materials. You'll be able to contact module lecturers in their office hours and via email.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a portfolio (10% of final mark)
  • a 3,000 word essay (90% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get an introduction to the role and representation of time in contemporary fiction, and to philosophies of time and temporality. This module focuses on the study of narrative theory, with an emphasis on time.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how time and temporality inform, underpin and affect narratives
  • Discuss theoretical aspects of narrative fiction, with a focus on time and temporality
  • Define, critically assess and apply key terms and concepts (e.g. narratological concepts) to primary texts
  • Demonstrate theoretically informed approaches to, and close readings of, literary texts
  • Evaluate and apply appropriate strategies for the focused literary study of complex ideas
  • Conduct independent research that results in a critically and theoretically informed literary analysis
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
  • Essay tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll combine textual, theoretical and historical analysis to the study of British television drama.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Apply analytical approaches to TV drama texts
  • Evaluate critical arguments about TV drama
  • Analyse various industrial and historical contexts of British TV drama
  • Analyse stylistic conventions of TV drama
  • Discuss the treatment of sociopolitical themes in TV drama
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through 2 x 1,500-word essays (50% of final mark, each).

What you'll do

You'll critically analyse stereotypes of US masculinity from a cultural and historical perspective. You'll explore how constructions of US masculinity relate to, and are affected by, constructs such as gender, nationality, race, class and sexuality.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Compare and contrast key theories and concepts in the study of masculinity
  • Evaluate theoretical models and use them for the critical analysis of representations of masculinity
  • Demonstrate critical awareness by identifying contextual research and analysing textual representations of masculinity
  • Communicate knowledge of masculinity studies and use it to analyse a range of texts
  • Identify and use key concepts in masculinity studies to produce a theoretically-informed analysis of the literature
  • Demonstrate a wide range of independent research
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 10-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (70% of final mark)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • textual analysis
  • presentations
  • a dissertation
  • real-world projects
  • creative assignments

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 100% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 100% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have completed work placements with organisations such as the British Council, Hays Recruitment and local schools.

You could also study abroad at one of our partner universities, such as Ghent University, University of Gdańsk, Kiel University, University of Luxembourg and the University of Malaga

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it. 

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your English Literature degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 9 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next scheduled meeting.

Learning Development Tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty Learning Development Tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) English Literature degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include English.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £14,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

For optional placements or placements abroad, you may need to pay additional costs, such as travel costs. These costs will vary depending on the location and duration of the placement. They'll range from £50 to £1000.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – K100
  • our institution code – P80

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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