Queen Mary University of London

Course Introduction

Combine your love of English literature with learning about the sociopolitical history behind it.

What’s the relationship between a piece of writing and the context in which it was written? How are writers affected by their circumstances? What influence do literary texts have on social, cultural and political life?

This popular joint degree links the social and political history of a period with its literary texts, giving you the chance to reflect on these questions and consider how the two disciplines relate to and inform one another.

You’ll examine the interaction between writing and society, studying core history and English modules, and gain increasing freedom to study the topics and historical periods that interest you most - whether that's discovering the impact of the French Revolution on English art or walking through the London of Defoe, Dickens, Virginia Woolf or Monica Ali.

Course Modules

Year 1


English in Practice

History in Practice

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

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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

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