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. Sociology at St Mary's University provides a space to study the subject in a broad interdisciplinary environment that includes criminology, media arts, history and many other humanities disciplines. At the same time, the sociology programme is taught by a team of academics who you will get to know over the three years with teaching and research interests across the broad spectrum of the social sciences.

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. Sociology Level 1: Sociology students take three compulsory core courses: Society and experience, which introduces the key ideas in sociology through an exploration of social processes and institutions that we all have some familiarity with, such as the family, education, gender, employment and crime; research methods introduces techniques of social research, how to conduct interviews, life histories and social observations; contemporary social theory in the modern world examines the vision of classical sociology and its relevance to contemporary society; options are offered from the following areas: introduction to criminology; visual sociology and the media. Level 2: All students taking single honours sociology or joint honours sociology take two compulsory core courses: global societies and identities and research methods; global societies and identities pays specific attention to the structures and identities of social stratification within global modernity with emphasis on the UK, the European Union and the USA; Research Methods 2, introduces the use of the computer for social research; students can also choose two or more modules from the following: gender and sexuality; schooling and society; work, management and employment; contemporary religion and religious movements; rich world, poor world; crime and the media; gender and representation in film; representing race, culture and difference; researching the media; people and places; European thinkers; contemporary Islam; work experience; popular culture. Level 3: All students taking single honours sociology must take Modernity in the 21st Century as the core course and a Dissertation; all joint honours students must take a personal research module; students may do their own research by writing a 5,000 word essay or a 10,000 word project; modernity in the 21st Century covers issues of globalisation, ecology, new technologies, and cultural transformations in society.

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