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BA English Literature

Swansea University
Program overview
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
14,950 GBP
September 2022

14,950 GBP
September 2023

14,950 GBP
September 2024

Program description

BA English Literature

English Literature is one of the most diverse and challenging disciplines we offer.

Studying our three-year BA cultivates sensitivity towards language and seeks to answer some provocative questions. It also opens up a range of exciting career possibilities by helping you to develop transferable skills, which are highly valued by employers.

You will have the chance to explore over a thousand years of literature, from Beowulf to the present day. Our course covers national and global literature stretching from Renaissance literature, Gothic and genre fiction and 19th century literature through to modernity and contemporary fiction. Other exciting topics include gender and culture and creative and professional writing.

You will have the chance to spend a semester studying in the USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong or Singapore, further improving your career prospects.

This course can also be taken as a 4 year Full Time with a Year Abroad

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Admission requirements

  • Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement. We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including: International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.
  • For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit our university website.

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Program content

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory Modules

  • Monsters, Theories, Transformations
  • The Stage Play World
  • English Essentials

Optional Modules

  • Studying the English Language
  • Introduction to American Literature and Culture
  • Approaches to Gender in English Literature
  • Literature and Society in Medieval Europe.
  • Creative Writing: Fiction Genres
  • Creative Writing: Styles of Fiction
  • Grammar and Meaning
  • The sound system of English
  • Applied Linguistics: Uncovering Language Myths and Linguistic Truths
  • Of Gods and Heroes - Greek Mythology
  • Ovid's Metamorphoses. The Transformations of Mythology
  • Medieval Europe: an introduction
  • Europe of Extremes: 1789 - 1989
  • Modern British History
  • Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives

Year 2 (Level 5)

Optional Modules

  • Debating Texts: Theory in Literature
  • Exploring the Bloody Chamber: Medieval to Postmodern
  • Revolution of the Word: Modernism
  • Contentious Shakespeare
  • Fragments of Union: The Cultural Making and Breaking of Britain
  • Medieval Encounters
  • Conflict and the Gothic in the long nineteenth century
  • Literature and War in the 20th Century
  • Tools for English Language Teaching
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Child Language and Literacy
  • Race and Ethnicity: American Perspectives
  • American Word/American Image
  • Ghettos, Streets, Suburbs: Cultural Representations of the American City, 1890 - present
  • Introduction to Writing Poetry
  • Introduction to Writing Fiction
  • Introduction to Writing Drama
  • Studying Dialect

Year 3 (Level 6)

Optional Modules

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Issues in current ELT
  • Language in the Media
  • Computer-Assisted Language Learning
  • Language Policy and Planning
  • Contemporary American Fiction
  • African American Literature 1910-1940: The Harlem Renaissance
  • William Blake: Poetry and Designs
  • Postmodernist and Post-war Fiction
  • Dissertation - English Literature
  • Welsh Gothic / Gothic Wales
  • Poetry in the Twentieth Century
  • Crime Fiction since 1920
  • Other Tongues: Multilingualism in English Language Literature
  • Professional Development: Preparing for Work
  • Written in Blood: Reading the Vampire
  • Madness, Malady and Melancholia: Literature and Medicine from Genesis to Genomes
  • The Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize Module
  • Speculative Fictions
  • Graphic Novel
  • Beyond Shakespeare
  • Chaucer
  • Theorising Texts: Shakespeare, Bronte, James
  • Prehistory, History and Language
  • Reading/Writing Trauma
  • From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
  • Media, Gender and Sexuality
  • Further Fiction Writing
  • Creative Writing Personal Project
  • Writing for Radio and Screen
  • Further Creative Non Fiction
  • Further Poetry Writing

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fee for UK/EU Students is £9,000 per year and for International Students is £14,950 per year

Career opportunities

English Literature Employment Opportunities

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in English will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will develop excellent oral and writing skills, strong research and analytical skills, learn to present your ideas in a range of formats, solve problems, make informed decisions and manage your time and workload effectively. All this expertise will ensure you can compete successfully in the job market.

Our graduates enter careers in a wide range of sectors including:

  • education
  • marketing
  • social media
  • project administration

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Swansea University

Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea
United Kingdom

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