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English BA (Hons)

English BA (Hons)

English at DMU offers a combination of traditional and innovative modules, from Chaucer and Shakespeare to contemporary literature, film adaptations and writing the self.


Reasons to study English BA (Hons) degree at DMU:

  • The Research Excellence Framework 2014
    highlighted that over 70% of our research outputs and activities were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour, meaning you will be taught by tutors who are recognised as leaders in their field
  • Your employability
    will be developed through work placements, CV-building and careers workshops
  • Study abroad options
    in countries such as the USA, Turkey, Czech Republic, Cyprus, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Japan and Canada
  • National Student Satisfaction Survey 2015
    provided the course with an average overall score of 4 out of 5 in the including high scores for Teaching Quality and Student Development
  • International opportunity
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

You will have the opportunity to develop your employability skills through a work placement, CV-building and careers workshops and international exchanges and/or trips. We offer extensive study support including workshops, one-to-one tutorials and a peer-mentoring scheme. There are also opportunities to get involved in activities outside the course such as theatre trips, talks from visiting writers, film showings of literary adaptations and a student English Society.

You will combine studying core modules with your choice from a wide range of optional modules. These include the opportunity to produce your own website or to recreate early modern technology by hand-printing your own text using movable type.


Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

More courses like this:

English (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
English with Languages BA (Hons)
Creative Writing BA (Hons)
English Language BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: Q300

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: UK/EU: £9,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding: International: £11,750 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

You can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

  • 300 points from at least 2 A'levels and including grade B or above in English Language or Literature
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DDM and a grade B or above in A level English Language or Literature
  • International Baccalaureate: 30+ Points

Five GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above.

Interview required: No

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



First year

  • Introduction to the Novel
  • Poetry and Society
  • Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare
  • Reading, Writing and Filming Literature 

Second year

  • History of English: Medieval to Augustan Literature (compulsory)
  • Romantic and Victorian Literature
  • Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature
  • Ways of Reading
  • Rewriting Film and Literature 

Third year

  • English Dissertation (compulsory)
  • English in the Workplace
  • Modernism and Modernity
  • Sex and Death in Romantic Writing
  • Sex Belief and Society in 17th-Century Poetry
  • Shakespeare and Marlowe
  • Studies in Literature and Film
  • Textual Studies Using Computers (alternates yearly with Text Technologies)
  • The Working Class in Literature and Film
  • Radical and Contemporary Adaptations



You will learn from a team of internationally-renowned scholars who use varied teaching methods including lectures, guest lectures by visiting academics, seminars, workshops and one-to-one tutorials. Previous guest lecturers include screenwriter Andrew Davies ( Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House , Little Dorrit), poets Jackie Kay, Simon Armitage and Andrew Motion, and novelist Louis de Bernière, who is one of our honorary graduates.

The first year focuses on the major literary genres and develops your critical skills to provide a firm foundation for your future study.

In the second year you extend your knowledge of the development of English literature through a core module on the history of English, which covers literature from Chaucer to the early 18th-century. You have the option to study later periods of literature including Romantic and Victorian Literature, 20th and 21st-century literature, and/or courses on ways of reading, and rewriting film and literature.

Year three options include contemporary poetry, contemporary fiction, Shakespeare and Marlowe, Studies in Literature and Film, the Working Class in Literature and Film, Writing the Self: 20th and 21st-century Autobiography, Modernism and Modernity, Text Technologies,, Sex and Death in Romantic writing and Post-colonial Writing. Students can also take the English in the workplace module, which includes a work placement.

A dissertation, on a topic of your choice, is compulsory for Single Honours, optional for Joint Honours students. Recent dissertation topics include family conflict in modern American drama, contemporary British-Asian fiction, Oscar Wilde, adaptations of Peter Pan, John Donne, Shakespeare and violence on film, 19th-century sensation fiction, African American women’s writing, interpretations of Robinson Crusoe and Jewish-American writing.

You will have support from the Centre for Learning and Study Support and a mentoring scheme designed by DMU English postgraduates for undergraduates.

We offer a range of student prizes: the Nicholas Zurbrugg Prize (for best English Dissertation), the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society Prize (for the best overall final-year English literature student), Best Overall First-Year English Literature Student Prize and Best Overall Second-Year English Literature Student Prize.

Students can choose to go on a year-long placement between years two and three and/or in the third year students taking the English in the Workplace module have the chance to apply the skills they have learnt through their English degree via a shorter work placement with a local employer. Previous students have undertaken placements at the National Space Centre in Leicester, the English Association, the DMU Press office, The Demon student newspaper, the Leicester Mercury, voluntary organisations such as Help the Aged, Leicester Study Support and Right to Read, and schools and colleges. We enhance our students and graduates employability by regularly offering Frontrunners and Graduate Champions opportunities.

Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 10 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 27 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


Facilities and features

Clephan Building

The Clephan Building is home to DMU’s humanities subjects, and is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens.

Currently Clephan houses some key Art, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Art, Design and Humanities Placement Team and the faculties Advice Centre, where you can access information about timetabling, specialist support queries. and any other questions you may have about your course.

The building also features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, Centre of Textual Studies, Centre for Adaptations, and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.


Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.


Opportunities and careers



Work placements are offered as part of this course and they are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job and can often lead to an offer of employment for when you graduate.

We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you find a placement to suit your interests and aspirations.

You will have the option to go on a sandwich placement between your second and third years of study and/or in your third year you can take the English in the Workplace module. This module aims to integrate the study of English with work experience in order to better qualify and prepare students for future employment. 

Third-year Creative Writing and English BA (Hons) student Tori Cotton has been offered a full-time permanent job at Pro-Publishing Media and Events, a publishing business in Earls Colne, Essex. Tori had ambitions for working in publishing after graduation and she organised her placement for the module English in the Workplace at the company. They were so impressed with her enthusiasm and ability during that placement that they offered her a position to start immediately after graduation.



#DMUglobal aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers. The English team has so far offered opportunities to study in Tokyo, Japan and Vancouver Island in Canada.

‘My stay in Tokyo provided me with an extremely exciting and eye-opening experience into Japanese culture and language. I have gained more self-esteem and have the confidence and aspiration to work abroad again...’ (Lauren Marston, 2015)

Study abroad

You will have the opportunity, as part of your degree, to study abroad in Europe or the USA.

The Faculty currently offers English students opportunities to study at the following European universities: the European University of Cyprus, Faith University, Istanbul (Turkey), Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic), Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf (Germany), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and the University of Oulu (Finland).


Graduate careers

English graduates are eminently employable because of their highly developed communication and reasoning skills and their ability to work independently and as part of a group. The latest statistics show that 95 per cent of recent graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation.

Our graduates go into a wide range of careers including archival work, publicity, banking, charity work, the civil service, library services, marketing, journalism, the arts, teaching English as a foreign language, communications, media, public relations, publishing, primary and secondary teaching, and postgraduate study. 

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"The community that is built here, the easy access to meet with tutors and PhD students who help with your study or for general conversations about the work you're doing is fantastic. The support is second to none. DMU is in the middle of the city too, so if you need anything it is walking distance away. The location is lovely." Sy Barnett


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