St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

Studying English literature and language is a way of engaging with the world; with history, philosophy, culture and the mind. Students will discover that the multiple contexts of literature expand as they read through an undergraduate degree. The critical writing that is so much a part of an English programme trains students to evaluate diverse forms of argument and evidence, a difficult skill greatly valued in a wide range of career pathways. If you study at St Mary's, you will be provided with opportunities to participate in international study tours ' such as Rome or Jerusalem ' and overseas study for a semester. There are also opportunities for workplace learning and internships. The Theology department is always delighted when anybody wants to join theological discussion and we are always fascinated to hear people articulate the reasons they have for their interest in Theology and Religious Studies. The team has many years of wide'ranging academic and pastoral experience, which is key to the shape of the programme we offer.

Course Modules

English Level 1: The programme opens with an introduction to university level literary and language studies, which provides a foundation for the rest of the courses; most of level 1 is core, but optional courses typically include: children and language; contemporary poetry; contemporary fiction. Level 2: The range of optional courses increases, complementing the core studies of literature and language; courses on offer typically include: approaches to Shakespeare; history of the English language; creative writing: fiction and drama; romanticism; women and society in the 19th century novel; 18th century London: writing the metropolis; romanticism; identity and desire in renaissance poetry; second language acquisition ; writing London. Level 3: Options increasingly broaden the areas of main study, and students may write a dissertation on a subject of their own choosing; courses include: modernism in English literature; American literature; literature of the first world war; Bob Dylan; creative writing: life writing; language and society; stylistics; 20th century literature; dissertation; philosophy and literature. Theology and Religious Studies Level 1: The first year is foundational for students, whether studying for a single honours degree or as a joint honours degree; modules include: Foundations in Christian theology, which examines the content of Christian faith and practice in an ecumenical spirit; foundations in Biblical interpretation, which explores the Old and New Testaments in search of their historical and contemporary significance; foundations in religious studies, which examines the functions and dimensions of religion, with an introduction to six major world religions; foundation in western classics engages with the ideas which shape the cultural matrix of the West; in addition students could choose an optional module on religion, community and culture, which would involve them in fieldwork in various parts of London; students also have the opportunity to study options from Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek during their degree. Level 2: Modules include: Biblical studies: Hermeneutics of the Old Testament; synoptic gospels; Pauline Christianity; theology: grace and salvation; Christology and trinity; Eastern Christian traditions; religious studies: Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, atheism and non religion. Level 3: Modules include: Biblical studies; gospel of John; prophets; apocalyptic; wisdom literature; theology; worship; liturgy and sacraments; ethics and spirituality; bioethics; issues in science and religion; ecclesiology; religious studies; religion in modern Britain; religion and gender; religious perspectives on conflict; mind soul and psychology; issues of identity.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time Day
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112
  • SQA Higher BBBB
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

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£4,410 - £5,783
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£4,800 - £6,000
Typical cost of private accommodation