Queen Mary, University of London

Course Introduction

As a student of English you will look at imaginative writings in their cultural and historical contexts. It may mean walking through the London of Defoe, Dickens, Virginia Woolf or Monica Ali. It may mean discovering the impact of the French Revolution on English art or the impact of the colonial experience on colonisers and colonised. You will also learn about the history of critical and theoretical approaches to literary texts and question the notion of 'literature' itself. You'll discover how history, philosophy and psychology shape literary criticism and theory and how literature itself is taken on board by those disciplines. Film Studies is a genuinely interdisciplinary academic field. An encounter with films of different genres, styles, periods and national industries is the core of the subject, and as a film student you will naturally devote a lot of time to viewing films, reading and writing about them, and discussing their meaning and importance. However, this is just the beginning. Film Studies is a 'gateway subject' that inevitably fosters an understanding of visual aesthetics, narrative forms and technological ability, but that also leads students into areas of study as diverse as history, politics, philosophy, technology and performance.

Course Modules

Year 1: Core modules: Introduction to film; auteurism: the European tradition; stars; reading, theory and interpretation; poetry: a basic course; literatures in time: texts and contexts from the 8th to the 16th century; shakespeare. Years 2 and 3: Film studies: what is cinema?; optional modules: Caribbean writing in the 20th century; beowulf; poetic ideology and practice in English romanticism; contemporary writing; contemporary British and Irish poetry; representing Victorian London; British horror; Luis Bu'uel; French new wave; scriptwriting; Italian cinema.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £28,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Irish Leaving Certificates AAABB
  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • International Baccalaureate 34
  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher AAB-AB
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade