Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Study a rich set of historical periods, events and places, each fascinating in its own right, and each yielding unique insights. Explore, under the guidance of internationally'renowned specialists and world'leading teachers and researchers, a coherent and compelling historical framework that brings history alive and addresses key debates. Investigate the complex and mutually enriching relationships between literary texts and historical contexts. Gain a solid knowledge of the whole range of English literature from its beginnings to its latest developments, ranging from Chaucer and Shakespeare through to Conrad, James Joyce and Salman Rushdie. Choose from a wide range of optional course units in both departments, including in unusual or non'traditional subjects, to build the study content that matches your own interests and passions. Choose to add a 'year abroad' component as an integral part of your degree course at the end of your second year, by studying for a whole year in one of our world'leading partner universities in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Hong Kong.

Course Modules

English Year 1: introduction to medieval literature; Shakespeare; inventing the novel; introducing English poetry. Year 2: renaissance literature; Victorian literature; romanticisms; debates in contemporary and literary theory; modernism; medieval drama; medieval dream and vision; intensive Shakespeare (comedy, history, tragedy); drama and witchcraft 1576'1642; theatre and the city 1590'1625; early modern bodies; paradise in early modern literature; gender and writing in the 18th century; fictions of sensation; aspects of Forster; creative writing structure and style; literature of the fin de si'cle; Tolkien's roots; dark reform (scandal and satire in American arts). Year 3 options: rewriting mythologies in 20th century literature ; violence, sex and magic in medieval literature; the girl in the book; contemporary fiction; African American literature; poetic practice; literature of Chicago; James Joyce (revolutions of the word); special author; dissertation; reading Beowulf; advanced Shakespeare (the problem plays); literatures of genocide and mass atrocity; Shakespeare adaptation (from the 17th'20th centuries); rites of passage; Odysseus' scar (time in modern literature and film); art of noise; a year in the life of Victorian fiction (1855); lives of writing; pastoral; visual and verbal in the long 19th century; the great American novella; creative writing special focus. History Year 1: history and meanings part 1; history and meanings part 2; gods, men and power (an introduction to the ancient world, from homer to Mohammed); republics, kings and people (the foundations of European political thought from Plato to Rousseau); the rich tapestry of life (early modern England, Europe and the wider world, 1453'1789); conflict and identity in modern Europe, 1770'2000; Mao to Mandela (20th'century leaders of the non'western world); Rome to renaissance (an introduction to the middle ages); introduction to politics and government. Year 2 options: history of the British empire, 1763'1900; history of the British empire, 1899'1963; the rise and fall of the roman republic; Rome and its empire from Augustus to Commodus; globalising capital: Britain and the world, 1846'1913; the pursuit of power: Europe 1000'1250; religion, culture and society in Europe, 1000'1250; politics, pestilence and war in late medieval Europe, 1300'1500; the sacred and profane (cultural life in renaissance Europe); the European crucible, 1914'1945; the politics of postwar Europe, 1945'2000; 20th'century world history (the Asian resurgence); new worlds, lost worlds (the Tudor monarchy 1485'1603); killing the king (England in an age of revolutions 1603'1714); the Georgians (politics, society and culture 1688'1832); 19th'century Europe (society and culture, 1789'1890); 20th'century world history (the middle east, Africa and Latin America); medicine from antiquity to the medieval near east; the western powers and east Asia, 1839'1945; daily life in renaissance and baroque Italian cities (social and domestic life); Genghis khan and the Mongol legacy (1200'1500); the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires (1500'1700); international economic relations, 1917'1991; the Victorians, 1837'1901; modern British history, 1914'1973; history of the USA, 1787 to 1877; the united states in the 20th'century; Spain, 1898'1939; Spain from dictatorship to democracy, 1939'1989; awakening china: from the opium wars to the present day; the holy man. Year 3 options: England in the reign of Richard II; blasphemy, irreligion and the English enlightenment 1620'1720; religious culture in England, c.1375'1525; the causes and consequences of the fall of Constantinople, 1453; heresy, crusade and inquisition in southern France, 1140'c.1300; the empire in Victorian Britain, 1830'1870; Victorian social and political thought; berlin (a European metropolis in the 20th century); the history and historiography of the holocaust; the clash of powers and cultures (Sino'American relations during the cold war); enlightenment Paris, 1721'1789; Stalinism, 1917'1953; Christians and pagans from Constantine to Augustine (ad 306'430); representing authority from Henry VI to Charles II; Victorian Babylon (life, work and people in London, 1840'1890); comparing religious fundamentalisms in the 19th and 20th centuries; migration, identity and citizenship in modern Britain; the age of terror (terrorism from 1945 ' present); Genghis khan and his empire, 1150'1300; photography, film and British society 1850'1965; china and the world: migration and diaspora, 1800'1945; Malcolm X and African American Islam; modern Delhi (from Mughals to megacity); bomb, a history (atomic weaponry and society in the 20th century).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Course specific
  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher

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90% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 85%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 91%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 86%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

88% Go on to work and/or study

In work 56
Studying 28
Studying and working 4
Unemployed 7
Unknown 6

14% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 39%

Total Coursework: 61%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
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