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English Literature/Religious Studies
This joint honours degree gives you the opportunity to combine the study of Religious Studies with the opportunity to encounter English literature in all its diversity.
English literature at Cardiff has long enjoyed an international reputation for its teaching and research. But more than this – we pride ourselves on nurturing a friendly, personalised and supportive environment for our students. We aim for the best and for success in all we do.
Our curriculum offers access to the whole span of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century. Nor is the curriculum 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 these interests.
Religion has been the way most cultures have sought to express their understanding of the purpose of life and the foundation of personal and social behaviour. You will have the opportunity to explore your own and other peoples' religious history and culture, and some of the fundamental questions of existence, in a flourishing centre of research. Your lecturers are active researchers in their fields, bringing the latest research into teaching.
Each school involved in delivering the degree offers a challenging programme of modules, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent staff-student relationships.
Typical A level offer
ABB-BBB including A-level English Literature, English Language and Literature (combined A-level), or Creative Writing
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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- A World Full of Gods
- Projecting the Past: Film, Media and Heritage
- Reading Latin1
- Reading Latin 2
- Reading Greek 1
- Reading Greek 2
- Themes and Issues in the Study of Religion
- Introduction to a Scriptural Language 1
- Introduction to a Scriptural Language 2
- Introduction to the Bible
- The Story of Christianity
- Drama: Stage and Page
- Star-cross'd Lovers: the Politics of Desire
- Transforming Visions: Text and Image
- Transgressive Bodies in Medieval Literature
- Ways of Reading
- Now and Next: From Academia to Employment (20 Credits)
- What is Religion
- Independent Study or Critical Translation
- Exploring Christian Doctrine
- Christian Ethics
- The Hebrew Bible: Stories, Suffering and Justice
- Buddhism: The First Thousand Years
- Intermediate Scriptual Language
- Elementary Language for the Study of Religion
- Further Elementary Language for the Study of Religion
- Emotions, Symbols and Rituals: Introducing the Anthropology of Religion through Film
- Foundational Ethics
- From Jesus to the New Jerusalem: New Testament Studies
- History and Religion of Ancient Israel
- 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
- Dissertation or Critical Translation
- The War of the Worlds: An Introduction to the Mahabharata
- The Life and Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- Exploring Gnosticism
- Islam in the Contemporary World
- The War Against the Jews: Antisemitism, the Holocaust, and Jewish Experience
- Advanced Scriptural Language
- Religion and the News: Conflict and Context
- 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
The full tuition fees for UK and EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £17,700
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
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
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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