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. St Mary's provides a nourishing and nurturing environment for History students. There's a wide breadth of choice across the programme and dedicated academic staff are keen to ensure that you achieve your very best. Our curriculum is designed on the principle of research'led teaching: you will be taught by historians who are experts in their fields. The University is on the doorstep of all of the employment opportunities that London offers. Our history graduates have gone into a variety of careers, including teaching, recruitment and business. Recent graduates have also moved on to do postgraduate work at top universities in the UK and abroad. We have an excellent environment in which to study history: there are lots of historic houses in the area, including Strawberry Hill House, which is attached to the University. We are 20 minutes away from The National Archives and 40 minutes by public transport from The British Library. Our Final Year students have easy access to some of the best resources in the country in order to research and write their dissertation projects.

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. History Level 1: Society and politics in Tudor England; North America 1763'1900; the Indian ocean world; war and society in Europe; 20th century Britain; renaissance and reformation. Level 2: Art and power; 'Jim Crow' America; the hundred years war; explorers and voyagers; popular music: cultures and societies; women in America; the European city; film and cinema history; a European field'trip. Level 3: The reign of Elizabeth I; renaissance Venice; Ottoman empire; corsairs, converts and captives; the reign of Henry VIII; Britain and the second world war: memory, history, culture; sixties Britain; the middle east; American politics and culture in the 1960s; civil rights in America; Eastern Europe since 1945; 15 credit dissertation; 30 credit dissertation.

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
Typical cost of university accommodation

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