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3 years
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Program description

Why study this course?

Delve into a rich and diverse literary history from the romantics to the Victorians and on to the modern age through poetry, script, prose and short story. You'll study with a group of friendly, dynamic and experienced lecturers who place teaching and the student experience first.

In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

In the National Student Survey 2017 this course scored an impressive 100% overall student satisfaction.

More about this course

Your first year of study is a very wide-ranging and general introduction to the history of poetry, drama and prose and you'll learn about the development of each form. By the end of the three years you'll know about the development of English literature from the eighteenth century to the present day, and will have considered, discussed and written about how changes in society and changes in literature intertwine. You'll also learn about the historical origins of literature and study periods and cultures very different to our own, for example Elizabethan England and Classical Greece. Your lecturers are specialists and published writers who will guide you through the cultural history of literature over the course of the degree.

In your second year of study you'll begin to specialise and choose module options that suit your interests. You may want to study performance poetry or examine literature written for and about children, or concentrate on Shakespeare or the short story. You'll also begin to consider particular developments in the history of literature in greater depth, such as early twentieth century modernism. You'll study popular commercial literary genres such as horror, crime, science fiction and romance.

In the third year you’ll be able to study in-depth research topics relating to your lecturers’ academic and professional specialisms. You can study how writing can be a form of political activism and discuss censorship, banned books, the imprisonment of writers by repressive regimes or writers that live in exile. You’ll study with lecturers who have worked as writers, campaigners and journalists overseas and whose work reflects this experience. You can also look at the way writing can be a profession of faith or gesture towards spiritual experience, and again you’ll study with lecturers who have written literary and critical studies on these ideas.

This course is a wide-ranging, stimulating and innovative degree for any student wishing to pursue their interest in literature and cultural history and acquire practical and critical skills for future careers in teaching, publishing, the cultural industries and the arts.

The course has a Facebook page with news and events from alumni, students and staff.

What our students say

"A brilliant and satisfying experience. The course explores many literary and artistic movements and theories, and allows personal and independent development. It treats literature as a current part of modern life, which changed my attitude and interest in the subject and is the course's greatest strength. This is backed up by great and enthusiastic teaching, which has inspired me and many other students to go onto further study. I will definitely be sad to leave."
Misbah Ayub

"It is an amazing experience to be able to discuss books that you love with people who share your passion. There is nothing more helpful than finding ways to improve your work with people who support and motivate you. A benefit of learning at a higher level is that the lecturers are already successful in their given field so offer you lots of support, advice and guidance from their personal experience. My course helped unleash my imagination and develop my creative voice as a writer."
Charnjit Gill

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London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University

Based in England’s historic capital city, London Metropolitan University has a rich history of education with its roots dating back to 1848. Taking its current form following a merger of two well-renowned universities in 2002, it offers a wide range...

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London Metropolitan University

166-220 Holloway Road
N7 8DB London

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