City, University of London

Course Introduction

The BA (Hons) English at City combines world'class literary scholarship with the opportunity to develop creative, professional and digital skills that will prepare you for exciting career and postgraduate study options.  The course is designed for students who recognise that, as well as studying literature, the overarching skills and analytical practices that they master can be applied to texts of all kinds, including their own creative writing (fiction and non'fiction), sustained by an ethos that the literary form is contemporary and very much alive and evolving, especially so in the digital environment.

The course encourages students to: read widely, including literature related to and written about London; analyse and produce narratives in various forms, including in different media; and experience different forms of creative writing in performance.

This programme builds on our significant international reputation in creative writing, journalism and publishing. Core modules introduce and analyse literature in a range of forms, including in different media; and actively explore both creative writing and performance. Through varied learning and assessments, which include portfolios, showcases, projects and traditional essays, students engage with current debates in literary scholarship while also developing applied skills in the use of English in creative, professional and digital contexts.

In a stimulating, supportive department, our expert staff will encourage you to read widely, including literature related to and written about London. We also analyse and produce narratives in various forms, including in different media.

As a City English student you will experience different forms of creative writing in performance and you will explore interdisciplinary knowledge and skills that are vital to success in the global cultural economy.

Course Modules

The English BA (Hons) offers three core elements, corresponding to the three years of the full'time degree programme.

Part One; You will develop a thorough grounding in the study of literature, literary forms and literary theory, with core modules which develop your knowledge through the study of key texts and related research. You will encounter a rich range of texts that reflect the rich history of English language’s literary, social and popular forms, as well as more contemporary literary cultures and contexts.

Part Two; You will delve deeper into the scholarly content and also focus your studies in theoretical, creative writing or more applied modules (including a Work Placement module).

Part Three; In your final year, you can choose from a range of professional, research and creative module choices while also deepening your understanding through at least one Major Project.

In the first year, you will encounter poetic, literary and dramatic texts that reflect English’s rich history and current practice of literary, social and popular forms, while also beginning to develop your skills in critical and creative writing.

1st year modules include:

' Fundamentals of Analysis and Criticism – 30 credits

' Literature in Historical Context – 30 credits

' Reading London – 15 credits

' Forms and Performances of Creative Writing – 15 credits

' Developing Creative and Professional Narratives – 15 credits

' The Novel, Authorship and Creativity – 15 credits

The second year deepens the scholarly content alongside a core Creative Writing module, and allows you to begin to focus on literary analysis or developing your professional skills.

Second year core modules:

' Shakespeare: Authorship, Dramatic Texts and Audiences – 30 credits

' 21st Century English and Digital Writing – 15 credits

' Creative Writing Workshop – 15 credits.

Elective modules:

' Contemporary Genre Fictions – 15 credits

' Work Placement – 15 credits

' Web Creation and Design – 15 credits

' The Representation of Journalists and the Press in Film and Fiction: 900 to Present Day – 15 credits

' News and Society – 15 credits

' Romanticism – 15 credits.

In third year you will choose from a broad selection of optional modules, reflecting diverse scholarly and applied disciplines, including journalism, publishing, library science, translation and English as a global language.

Alongside this you will complete one 30'credit major project module (or two, with prior approval).

Choose one or two from the following core modules:

' Major Project: Dissertation – 30 credits

' Major Project: Professional Portfolio – 30 credits

' Major Project: Creative Writing – 30 credits.

Elective modules include:

' Information Literacy in the Digital Society – 15 credits

' Literary Journalism – 15 credits

' Publishing in the Digital Age – 15 credits

' Global English and English Language Teaching – 15 credits

' American Screenwriters – 15 credits

' Intercultural Studies – 15 credits

' Gender, Sexuality and the Media – 15 credits

' New Media: From Cyberspace to Social Media – 15 credits

' Crime and Media – 15 credits

' Celebrity and Society – 15 credits.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) Other Fees