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. English students 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. As a student of History, you will have the opportunity to explore the medieval, early modern and modern periods. You will be able to choose from political, cultural, religious, social and economic themes drawn from the School's strength in British, European, Middle'Eastern and American history.

Course Modules

Year 1: Reading, theory and interpretation; introduction to intellectual history; the methods of history; plus 1 of the following pathways: pathway 1: nineteenth century novel; shaping of contemporary Britain; pathway 2: Shakespeare; society and state in Britain 1450'1720; pathway 3: old English; medieval literature; medieval Europe (authority, religion and culture 751'1215). Years 2 and 3: English options include: seventeenth'century literary culture; Thomas Hardy and the Victorian modern; twentieth'century Irish writing; classical Greek myth and epic; colonial novel in English; modernism and democracy; optional additional essay and/or research project.

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
  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher AAB-AB
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma MD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade