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The English degree is focused on serious intellectual engagement with works of literature, in their social, political, and cultural contexts, as texts and as works of art. The Department concentrates on literature from 1500 to the present day. We consider literary study in the 21st century to be a frontier discipline, embracing debates emerging from the adjacent fields of philosophy, history, politics and psychology, and the study of communications and the media.
Your encounter with great writers and thinkers will raise your intellectual level, give you powers of argument and analysis, and a serious understanding of language, and at the same time develop a skills base that includes professional-level writing skills, research methods and presentation skills. Our recent graduates have gone on to pursue careers in the media, writing, teaching, academia, and marketing and business.
You will be expected to read widely and to develop strong lines of argument and personal responses to what you find, anchored in an informed understanding and reference to the critical debates that animate the discipline. The degree is structured around a combination of period study (Eras of English, Renaissance Literature, Shakespearean Drama, Restoration and Augustan Literature, Romantic Literature, Victorian Fiction and Poetry, Modernist Writing, Modern American Literature, Contemporary Writing, Contemporary Drama), thematic study (Art of Journalism, Women's Writing, Film Studies), and courses inculcating theoretical and practical skills (Creative Writing, Approaches to Literature, Stylistics). The range of options means that you have the chance of pursuing your own particular strengths and areas of interest.
If you take the single honours degree, a six-month dissertation option allows you scope to study and develop a favourite subject to an advanced level of sophistication. The completed dissertation can make an ideal calling-card for students wishing to apply for MA or doctoral programmes. In the last six months of study we encourage our students to lay the foundations for working life post-graduation through a closely-supervised external placement.
- For English Literature, English Literature with History and English Literature with Journalism you are normally expected to achieve a minimum of 240 points at A-level or the equivalent school leaving qualification, though we interview all promising candidates to assess potential.
- For other programmes our requirements are more flexible and offers will be made on an individual basis.
- The School is able to be flexible for mature students taking into account work and life experience
- If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or a computer-based TOEFL score of 213.
University of Buckingham
The University of Buckingham was founded in 1976. It is the only independent University in the United Kingdom to hold a royal charter, which gives it the power to award its own degrees. It is a non profit-making charity. From...
Location & accommodation
Buckingham is a picturesque English market town. It lies between Milton Keynes to the East and Oxford to the West (there is a regular bus service to both) and is about an hour’s journey from London; so the shopping malls, cinemas, theatres and clubs are not far away. In Buckingham Town you can find Tesco, Waitrose, and W. H. Smith, as well as more specialist shops. There is a range of...