English and Creative Writing

English Language and English Literature BA (Hons)

New for 2019
English Language and English Literature combines study of the history, structures, uses and contexts of English as a world language with study of literature in English from the medieval era to the 21st century.

Overview

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

  • Study language and literature in breadth and depth
    and learn new skills in a wide range of highly specialised modules covering a wide range of different subject areas
  • Explore print and digital humanities
    by learning to use a hand printing press or gain practical training in HTML with options exploring the production of literary texts in manuscript, print and digital forms from DMU’s Centre for Textual Studies
  • Broaden your knowledge base
    by studying not just English Language and English Literature, but also Creative Writing, with an opportunity to learn about the principles and practice of teaching English language
  • Improve your employability
    by focusing on your career prospects through learning essential skills and knowledge and putting them to practical use. The final-year placement module allows you to gain work experience and develop your presentation and communication skills
  • Gain workplace skills and experience
    by putting your research, reasoning and communication skills into practice with an English-related placement module or extra-curricular internship during your degree
  • International opportunity
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

English Language and English Literature at DMU introduces you to an exciting range of theories and concepts in both subjects, providing a cohesive course in two complementary subjects. As well as developing subject specific knowledge of the English Language and English Literature, the degree aims to develop a range of key transferrable skills including the ability to use language adeptly and appropriately in any potential linguistic context, skills of textual analysis and synthesis, advanced digital literacy, and high-level research, writing and communication skills, which will be of clear benefit in equipping future graduates for a wide range of careers. 

Study English Language and English Literature at DMU and join a lively and welcoming academic community. Get involved in the student-led English Literature and English Language societies, go on theatre trips in the UK or travel abroad with #DMUglobal as part of your course. Our graduates go into a wide range of professions including media, translation, marketing, publishing, teaching, public relations and the civil service.

Scholarships:

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

#DMUglobal High Flyers Award
Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

More courses like this:

English Literature BA (Hons)
English Literature (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
English Literature with Chinese Mandarin, French or Spanish 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: Q390

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

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250 per year.

Find out more about course tuition 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: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £13,250 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.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using the DMU Online Portal.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

  • 112 points from at least 2 A'levels and including grade C or above in English Language or Literature
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DDM and a grade C or above in A level English Language or Literature
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades A* - C  (9-4) including English Language or Literature at grade C/4 or above.

Access - Pass QAA Accredited AHE Diploma with at least 15 credits in Creative Writing, English Language or Literature at grade Merit and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C or equivalent.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C/4 or above (if required as part of our standard requirement).

Interview required: No

In line with DMU's commitment to life-long learning and widening participation, applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience are welcomed. 

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, 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.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

First year

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare
  • Words in Action
  • Evolving Language

Optional modules:

  • Introduction to English and Adaptation
  • Poetry and Society
  • Introduction to the Novel
  • Topics in Linguistics: Theory in Practice
  • Work-based Learning (Placement) Year

Second year

Core module:

  • Exploration and Innovation: 14th Century to 18th Century Literature

Optional modules:

  • 20th and 21st Century Literature
  • Ways of Reading
  • Screen and Literary Adaptations of the Classics
  • Romantic and Victorian Literature
  • Text Technologies
  • Sociolinguistics
  • English Language in UK Schools
  • Introducing English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Grammar: Analysing Linguistic Structure
  • Semantics: Analysing Linguistic Meaning
  • Research Methods for Linguists
  • Phonetics and PhonologyLanguage in Context
  • Erasmus Year

Third year

Core module:

  • English Dissertation OR
  • English Language Dissertation

Optional modules:

  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • Contemporary Irish Writing
  • The British Working Class in Literature, Film and Television
  • Unruly Women, Revolutionary Men
  • English in the Workplace
  • Modernism and Modernity
  • Staging the World: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
  • Medieval.com
  • Sex and Death in Romantic Writing, 1780-1830
  • Textual Studies Using Computers
  • Radical and Contemporary Adaptations
  • Biofiction: Writers’ afterlives
  • Writing Adaptations: Theory and Practice
  • English Language in the Workplace
  • Powerful Language: An Introduction to Rhetoric
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Language, Mind and Culture
  • Perception, Persuasion, Power
  • Language Acquisition

Overview

The English Language and English Literature undergraduate programme combines study of the history, structures, uses and context of English as a world language with study of literature in English from the medieval era to the 21st century.

The first year expands your knowledge via core modules on Shakespeare, grammar and the history of the English language as well as an option module either on poetry, the novel, adaptation, or linguistics. 

The second year builds on these foundational modules. Your knowledge of literary history is deepened through study of the core module, which offers an overview of English literature from the 14th century to the early 18th century. Similarly, you have the chance to extend your knowledge of language, taking modules in sociolinguistics, grammar, semantics, phonology or linguistic research skills. In addition, you have the option to take further period-based literature modules on Romantic and Victorian literature and 20th and 21st-century literature or modules which offer you an introduction to other aspects of literary and linguistic study, including in our areas of special expertise, adaptations and digital humanities (Text Technologies), as well as on pragmatics and teaching English language (in UK schools and as a second language). 

The third year allows you to specialise and to pursue particular areas of research interest. You complete a dissertation, either in English Language or English Literature. You then choose additional options from a wide-ranging selection of specialist literature and language options. This includes the option to take a work-based module in either Language or Literature and further options in adaptations and digital humanities.

Teaching sessions might be structured around discussion, working in small groups to analyse  linguistic examples, a film screening or based in a computer lab depending on your module choices. You will complete reading and research in advance and join in conversation with your tutor and your peers. Individual tutorials with module tutors are available in weekly ‘office hours’, at which you can discuss any aspect of your course or get help with assignments. You will experience varied forms of assessment, including essays, presentations, exams, blogs, journals, websites, research reports and creative options.

You will be also assigned a Personal Tutor from the academic staff who will be available to meet students each term and to provide academic and pastoral support and advice. Personal Tutoring enables students to reflect synoptically on their academic experience.  Learning in English Language and English Literature is also supported by the University Centre for Learning and Study Support (CLaSS), which offers regular workshops on a range of study skills. Teaching is enhanced by study skills sessions and there is an emphasis throughout year 1 (Level 4) especially on the key academic skills.

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 sometimes 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 Arts, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Arts, Design and Humanities Placement Team and the Faculty's 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 for Textual Studies, Centre for Adaptations, and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture

Library

We have 1,600 study places and more than 700 computer workstations across all library locations on campus. These give access to more than half a million print publications, thousands of e-books and e-journals and a huge range of DVDs plus a host of research databases.

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

The Library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

 

Learning zones

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

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, 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 plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

Work placements are offered as part of this course and are a great way to boost your skills and experience while studying. Placements improve your chances of gaining a graduate-level job and can often lead to an offer of employment after graduation.

You will have the option to go on a sandwich placement between your second and third years of study and/or to do a short-term placement during your third year through either the 'English Language in the Workplace' module or the ‘English in the Workplace’ module. Previous students taking these modules have worked as mentors for local school pupils to help improve their reading age, written magazine features at a publishing firm, carried out research for a PR company and worked in the offices of a regional newspaper at the Leicester Mercury. We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you to identify a placement to suit you. 

We also actively encourage students to become involved in such activities as the European ERASMUS+ university exchange / placement scheme and the US Exchange Programme. Student involvement in Open Days as guides and subject ambassadors is also actively sought; the single best advertisement we can give for our degree comes when the students, and not the tutors, describe what the course has given them.

Students on the #DMUglobal trip to New York

#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges. In recent years, students of English have engaged in #DMUglobal activity in New York, Tokyo, India, the Czech Republic, Berlin, Canada, and Thailand, and we are continually looking for new destinations to allow us to explore the connections between what we do in the classroom and what happens in the world beyond.

Study abroad

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

The Faculty currently offers 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).

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Graduate careers

English Language and Literature 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. We develop our students’ information analysis and presentation skills to produce extremely articulate, adaptable, professional communicators who can operate with ease in any setting and with any group of people.

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

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