This rich and rewarding degree allows you to combine a love of the past with a passion for English literature.
In English literature, we offer access to the entire chronological span, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century. Our curriculum is far from restricted to the printed word – we are intrigued by the connections between literature and film, art, music, history, language, and popular culture, and our teaching reflects this dynamic crossover. This allows you to shape your degree to suit, choosing a traditional path of multiple periods and genres or a more dynamic mix combining literary study with analysis of other cultural forms.
In History, we give you an insight into the processes of change, from the medieval to the modern period. You will learn about the very different worlds of people in the past, and to better understand the present. On offer are the history of societies in diverse parts of the globe, including India, China, Germany, France, Russia, Britain and Wales.
We encourage you to 'do history' yourself, acquiring transferable skills so valued by employers. You will learn to think independently, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a body of historical evidence for yourself, and presenting your findings clearly. As historian, you will thoroughly research a topic of real interest, culminating in your dissertation in your final year.
Naturally, our friendly academic staff will be on hand to guide you and provide full and constructive feedback throughout your studies. Bringing a wealth of expertise across theme, period and geography, your lecturers will share latest thinking in the classroom, including their own cutting-edge research.
Typical A level offer
ABB-BBB including English Literature or English Literature and Language or Creative Writing. Please note, General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
Does this course require proof of English proficiency?
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- History in Practice Part 1: Questions, Frameworks and Audiences.
- Critical Reading and Critical Writing
- A World Full of Gods
- Projecting the Past: Film, Media and Heritage
- The Making of The Modern World, 1750-1970
- Making Global Histories: Asia and the West
- Inventing a Nation: Politics, Culture and Heritage
- Medieval Worlds, AD 500 -1500
- Renaissance, Reformation and Revolution
- Drama: Stage and Page
- Star-cross'd Lovers: the Politics of Desire
- Transgressive Bodies in Medieval Literature
- Ways of Reading
- Now and Next: From Academia to Employment (30 Credits)
- Approaches to History
- Exploring Historical Debate
- Entangled Histories: Wales and the wider World,1714-1858
- Hanes wedi ei Gyd-Weu: Cymru a’r Byd, 1714–1858
- War, Peace and Diplomacy, c.900-c.1250
- Heresy and Dissent, 1000-1450
- Poverty and Relief in Medieval Europe
- Reformation and Revolution: Stuart Britain, 1603-1714
- From Dreyfus to the National Front: France, 1898-2012
- A Great Leap Forward China Transformed, 1840-present
- Europe between the two World Wars
- The American Revolution
- From King Coal to Cool Cymru: Society and Culture in Wales, 1939-2000
- Diwydiannaeth, Radicaliaeth a'r Bobl Gyffredin yng Nghymru a Phrydain mewn Oes Chwyldro, c.1789-1880
- Urban Visions, Rural Dreams: City and Country in Britain and the United States, 1850-2000
- India and The Raj, 1857-1947
- The Search for an Asian Modern: Japanese History from 1800 to the Post-War Era
- Martyrs and Collaborators: Catholicism behind the Iron Curtain
- Europe, East and West, 1945-1995
- The Soviet Century: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1905-1991
- Making Empires: Britain and the World, 1541-1714
- Style and Genre
- The Robin Hood Tradition
- Modernist Fictions
- Children's Literature: Form and Function
- Introduction to Romantic Poetry
- African-American Literature
- Modernism and the City
- Gothic Fiction: The Romantic Age
- Social Politics and National Style: American Fiction and Form, 1920-1940
- Literature and Science
- Dickens in Many Media
- Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Women Writers
- Shakespeare's Tragedies and Histories
- Contemporary Poetry: Tradition and Innovation
- Object Women in Literature and Film
- Renaissance Poetry, Prose and Drama: The Principal Genres, Issues and Authors
- Decadent Men, 1890s-1910s: Wilde to Forster
- Chaucer's Gender Politics: Chivalry, Sex and Subversion in the Canterbury Tales
- Contemporary British Fictions
- Experimental Early Modern Drama
- Writing Mourning
- Philosophy and Literature
- Jane Austen in Context
- ENCAP Employability Module
- The World of the Anglo-Saxons, c.500-c.1087
- Sexuality and the Social Order in Medieval Europe
- The Military Orders, 1100-1320
- Kingship: Image and Power, c.1000-1399
- Deviants, Rebels and Witches in Early Modern Britain and Ireland
- From Bismarck to Goebbels: Biography and Modern German History, 1870-1945
- Germany's New Order in Europe, 1933-1945
- Conflict, Coercion and Mass Mobilisation in Republican China 1911-1945
- Fascism and Anti-Fascism in France
- Race, Sex and Empire: Britain and India, 1765-1929
- Wales, the English reform movement and the French Revolution of 1789
- Glimpses of the Unfamiliar: Travellers to Japan from 1860 to the Post-War Era
- Socialism, Society and Politics in Britain, 1880-1918
- Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales, 1918-39
- Health and Medicine in Early Modern Britain
- Violence and Ideology in Inter-War Soviet Russia
- Czechoslovakia: The View from Central Europe
- From Hernando de Soto to the Seven Years' War: Accommodation, Violence and Networks in Native American History
- The Dangerous City? Urban Society and Culture, 1800-1914
- The Arts in War and Peace: Culture and Politics in Britain, c.1930-1960
- The War Against the Jews: Antisemitism, the Holocaust, and Jewish Experience
- The Graphic Memoir
- Fictive Histories/Historical Fictions
- Modern Drama: Page, Stage, Screen
- Gender and Monstrosity: Late/Neo Victorian
- Utopia: Suffrage to Cyberpunk
- Second-generation Romantic Poets
- Bluestockings, Britannia, Unsexed Females: Women in Public Life, 1770-1800
- Gothic Fiction: The Victorians
- Poetry in the Making: Modern Literary Manuscripts
- Postcolonial Theory
- Visions of Past and Future in Children's Literature
- Island Stories: Literatures of the North Atlantic
- Medieval Romance: Monsters and Magic
- John Milton
- The American Short Story
- Apocalypse Then and Now
- Criminal Shakespeare
- Scandal and Outrage: Controversial Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
- Representing Race in Contemporary America
- Love, Death and Marriage in Renaissance Drama
- Visuality, Culture and Technology
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
The full tuition fees for UK and EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £17,700
What skills will I practise and develop?
As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:
- Grasp complex issues with confidence
- Ask the right questions of complex texts
- Have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
- Identify and apply relevant data
- Propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
- Communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
- Work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
- Learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
- Work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
- Use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate
- Take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development
Taking the Class of 2017 as our most recent example, graduates from the School have gone on to roles in teaching, marketing, publishing, public relations, the civil service, the military, banking and insurance, and the charity sector.
About this institute
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...
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