Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

English Literature

Arts, English and Drama

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich Q321 AAB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time Q320 AAB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

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English Literature course overview

Our academic staff are recognised for their expertise in areas such as Renaissance Writing, Eighteenth Century Literature, Romanticism, the Victorians, Modernism, Irish Literature and American Literature.  Their knowledge of these subject areas and enthusiasm for their research and teaching makes this a vibrant and supportive place for you to study, a place where you can learn the many different skills you will need, including transferrable skills for your future employment.

The BA Single Honours English Literature will introduce you to key concepts and periods in your first year, through a range of carefully designed core modules introducing the fundamentals of poetic metre and poetic form, the study of language, literary theory, narrative forms and fictions, and the major periods of literary history.  In addition, students will be given the opportunity to choose an optional module, with current offerings including ‘Introduction to Film’, and a brand new module (‘How to Do Things with Digital Texts’) which examines the significance of how literature can be studied in the digital age.  Modules on offer in the second year include core options surveying the major authors and periods in literary history, and a range of optional modules allowing you to tailor your studies to your interests.   Staff have expertise in the latest thinking in areas such as the staging of Shakespeare, the adaptation of literature into film, Writings of Intimacy, Modern Poetry and the relationship between language and social identity.

Your studies will take place in a variety of learning environments, including seminars, workshops, lectures, group work with peers, and one-to-one tutorials. Our teaching centres on a commitment to small-group teaching and all of our modules offer this component. Outside of scheduled teaching times our academic staff are available for face-to-face meetings, essay feedback and support sessions, and for meetings with their personal tutees. Students benefit from our Virtual Learning Environment (with additional learning opportunities through online quizzes, discussion boards and blogs) and library facilities, as well as other dedicated research and study environments.

The University offers three separate single honours English programmes: BA Hons English; BA Hons English with Creative Writing; and BA Hons English Literature.  Students on all three programmes will be given detailed academic guidance about their optional choices in each year, and will be given an opportunity to switch between awards, subject to the fulfillment of certain requirements. 

 

Maggie: English at Loughborough University

Loughborough University student Maggie Nash explains how developing an academic support network has nurtured her desire to write and perform.

Modules


Year 1

Our combination of compulsory and optional modules will introduce you to all aspects of the subject and provide you with the skills you need for the rest of your degree studies. The texts you will study are from the Renaissance period to the twenty-first century, and you will read many different forms of literature, learn key theoretical approaches to the material, and develop your skills in close reading, oral communication and essay-writing.

Compulsory modules

  • Narrative Forms and Fiction
  • Introduction to Language
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Writing in History
  • Literary and Critical Theories

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • How to do Things with Digital Text
  • Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing

Year 2

Our compulsory modules allow you to develop your understanding of the literature of different historical periods and to study a range of well-known and less familiar writings that will extend your knowledge and confidence in the subject. A choice of optional modules allows you to pursue areas of particular interest, and to deepen your understanding of the various social, cultural and political contexts of the texts you are studying.

Compulsory modules (choose at least 3 including one pre-1800 and one post-1800):

  • Renaissance Writings (pre-1800)
  • Victorian Literature (post-1800)
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature (pre-1800)
  • Modernisms (post-1800)

Optional modules

  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture
  • Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare
  • African American Culture
  • Philosophy, Literature and the Visual Arts
  • From Print to Digital: Publishing Revolutions
  • The Weird Tale
  • America at War
  • Diverse Voices
  • Women’s Writing in the Seventeenth Century
  • 19th Century Bodies
  • Arts Management
  • Creative Dissent: Protest, Activism and Art
  • Material Culture
  • Language in Society
  • Introduction to Linguistics 

Optional placement year

Optional professional placement.

Final year

Our modules give you the freedom to specialise even further in your own areas of interest. The wide range of course choices are taught from our tutors’ research specialisms and present you with the most current knowledge and theories. This is an exciting opportunity to study the literary texts, themes and contexts that you are passionate about. You will also be able to identify, research, and write on a dissertation subject of your choice.

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation (on an approved literary topic)

Optional modules

  • Writings of Intimacy
  • Rare Shakespeare
  • Cruel and Unusual: Punishment on Trial in American Culture
  • Romantic Writings 1815-1832
  • The Return of the King: Literature 1660-1714
  • Ulysses
  • The Modern Poet
  • Global America
  • Maps and Motors: The Writing Portfolio
  • Radicals and Reactionaries: Writing Women in the 1890s
  • Driving On: Writing Toward Publication

You may choose to take a small number of modules from other disciplines as part of your degree in each year of your studies. Popular choices include:

  • Drama
  • Publishing
  • Languages (Chinese, French, German, Spanish)

There are also international exchange courses for study abroad.

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


Assessment

The course is assessed solely through coursework, using various methods to encourage students to develop a broad set of skills and competencies. Methods include: essays/reflective work, seminar participation, online in-class tests, annotated bibliographies, performance projects, in-class presentations, research projects, workbook/log books, group work and peer assessments and dissertation. Exposure to a range of written and oral methods of communication builds effective and professional skill-sets for maximum employability.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

Q321 English Literature - BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS

A-Level
AAB including English (Literature, Language or both) - ABB with A in English (Literature, Language or both) (General Studies accepted)
IB
35 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in English or 34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 6 at HL in English
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM, plus A Level English at grade B; BTEC Level 3 Diploma: Dist, Dist, plus A level English at grade B or BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate: Dist plus AB in 2 A Levels to include English
Relevant subjects include Performing Arts, Art & Design, Business, IT, Sport, Sport & Exercise Science

Q320 English Literature - BA (Hons)

A-Level
AAB including English (Literature, Language or both) - ABB with A in English (Literature, Language or both) (General Studies accepted)
IB
35 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in English or 34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 6 at HL in English
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM, plus A Level English at grade B; BTEC Level 3 Diploma: Dist, Dist, plus A level English at grade B or BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate: Dist plus AB in 2 A Levels to include English
Relevant subjects include Performing Arts, Art & Design, Business, IT, Sport, Sport & Exercise Science

Selection

Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application, but in exceptional cases, an interview may be required. If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £16,000

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from our English courses have entered careers in arts administration, accountancy, advertising, archiving, the civil service, creative arts, journalism, human resources, marketing, product development, management, the media (both TV and radio), public relations, publishing, research, teaching, law and web editing.

Professional placement (sandwich) year

Loughborough has a long history of supporting students with year-long paid work placements in business or industry in the UK or overseas, usually after your second year of study. Students gain enormously from the experience, and after completing their studies at university, are more likely to progress into high quality graduate employment.

Student Testimonials: Placements at Loughborough University

This is a short video of students who have been out on a placement sharing their experience and advice.

Studying abroad

Our courses enable you to study for a selected period of time in international destinations such as the United States, Canada, Singapore and continental Europe. Successful completion of a year abroad leads to the additional award of the Diploma for International Studies (DIntS) with the results from a semester abroad (3-4 months) counting towards your final degree.

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Department / School Key Information Sets

BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: Q321

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: Q320