City, University of London

Course Introduction

The BA (Hons) English at City gives you a range of creative, professional and literary-analytical skills, and an informed and critical understanding of writing in English across time.

The course is designed for students who wish to apply core skills in studying literary texts to writing of all kinds, including their own professional and creative writing (fiction and non-fiction). It is sustained by a commitment to literature as a living and diverse cultural form.

The course encourages students to read widely, analyse and produce writing in various forms and media, and apply skills in professional and creative contexts.

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

In a stimulating, supportive environment our expert staff will encourage you to:

- Read widely, especially in literature related to and written about London

- Analyse and produce writing in various literary forms, including in different media

- Develop interdisciplinary knowledge and skills that are vital to success in the global cultural economy.

Course Modules

Year one is made up of six compulsory modules (120 credits).

In the first year, you will develop a thorough grounding in the study of literature, literary forms and literary theory. You will encounter a range of texts from the British Isles and beyond as you delve into the rich history of writing in English and develop your analytical, critical and creative writing skills.


Fundamentals of Analysis and Criticism – 30 credits

Literature in Historical Context – 30 credits

Forms and Performances of Creative Writing – 15 credits

Developing Creative and Professional Narratives – 15 credits

The Novel, Authorship and Creativity – 15 credits.

Postcolonialism - 15 credits.

Year two is made up of three core and four elective modules (120 credits)

In the second year, three core modules will develop your knowledge and understanding of scholarly content. You will also choose from a range of theoretical, analytical and practical modules (including a Work Placement module) as you begin to specialise your studies.

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

Romanticism - 15 credits

Reading London 1 - 15 credits

Reading London 2 - 15 credits

Work Placement – 15 credits

Web Creation and Digital Storytelling – 15 credits

Humanitarian Reporting - 15 credits

Sports Journalism - 15 credits.

Reporting Conflict - 15 credits

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

Global Popular Musics - 15 credits.

In the third year, you will choose from a broad selection of optional modules, reflecting current trends in literary scholarship and in applied disciplines such as journalism and publishing. You will also complete at least one 30-credit major project module.

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:

Literary Journalism – 15 credits

Publishing in the Digital Age – 15 credits

Global English and English Language Teaching - 15 credits

Intercultural Studies – 15 credits

American Screenwriters – 15 credits

Writing Women - 15 credits

Place and Space - 15 credits

Reporting Science and the Environment - 15 credits

Global Popular Musics - 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