Queen Mary University of London

Course Introduction

A degree in English and History at QMUL gives you the chance to reflect on these questions, and to consider how these disciplines relate to and inform one another. You will be trained

in the key skills needed to study both subjects at degree level, and examine the interaction between writing and society in the periods that interest you most.

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.

This particular degree meets a growing demand from students for a programme that links the social and political history of a period with its literary texts, and provides theoretical and skill'related tools for understanding the relationship between two disciplinary approaches.

Course Modules

Year 1


English in Practice

History in Practice

Reading, Theory and Interpretation: Approaches to the Study of English Literature

Choose from

Literatures in Time: Texts and Contexts from the 8th to the 16th Centuries


Choose at least one from

Building the American Nation: 1756–1900

Europe 1000'1500: The Middle Ages and their Legacy

Europe in a Global Context: 1800 to the Present

Global Encounters: Conquest and Culture in World History

Screening History: Representing the Past in the Contemporary Historical Film

The Medieval World: Structures and Mentalities

Unravelling Britain: 1800 to the Present

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees