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, Medieval.com, 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.
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.