Brunel University London

Course Introduction

If you can get lost in a book for hours on end, and enjoy writing or even drama, English is a natural choice. Storytelling is part of every culture and reveals much about a person’s lived experience, values and aspirations within a given time.

English BA at Brunel is the opportunity to uncover the richness of English literature history – its periods, genres and diverse storytellers – through a set of underlying themes.

Your journey will commence with a module on ‘Reading Resilience’ to help equip you with the required skills and competencies relevant to literary studies, so you can approach any topic with confidence.

After a first year of modules that pass through modern literature and formative texts to help develop your critical reading, your exploration in English is very much down to your own interests and choices.

In years two and three a wealth of optional modules await you, covering every period and genre from Shakespeare to Jane Austen, postcolonial writing to the women’s movement, with plenty of choice in contemporary and genre fiction like comedy, science fiction and horror.

Throughout your literature degree you will be encouraged to express your own thoughts and creativity in your coursework and seminars, which will help you to grow as a critic and writer.

An English degree will equip you with personal skills employers’ prize in graduates – not just exceptional written and verbal communication, but also the ability to communicate collaboratively in a team towards an agreed goal.

As part of your English BA you will learn to participate and present confidently in seminars, communicate your ideas effectively in writing, and to critically evaluate relevant themes within texts that frequently cross into other disciplines such as history and politics.

Opt for a placement year and you will gain hands-on work experience while you study which will further increase your attractiveness to employers when you graduate.

Outside of your classroom, you can look forward to events and activities organised by the Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing, including the annual Hillingdon Literary Festival: a free weekend of literary performances from internationally renowned authors, writing workshops and lively debates right here on campus.

Course Modules

Year 1

Texts, Contexts, Intertexts

Reading Resilience

World Literature, world literacies

Year 2

Optional Module

Postcolonial Writing

Nineteenth-Century

Romanticism and Revolution

Genre Fiction

Modernism

Shakespeare: Text and Performance

The Women's Movement and 20th Century Writing

Contemporary British Fiction.

Year 3

Post War and Late 20th Century Literature 1945–2001

Victorian Literature and Culture

Modern and Contemporary Lesbian Literature

Psychogeography

Jane Austen and Her Novels

Canon Reloaded

Gender and Sexuality

The Horror Film

American Independent Cinema

Writing Ireland

Creative Industries

Violence

Chaucer to Shakespeare

Reading for Writers / Writing for Readers

New Writing Page to Stage

Comedy

Start Date:

09/2020

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £15,400 Overseas Fees
Short Course
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £6,935 Home Fees
Short Course
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £6,935 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)6.5with no less than 5.5 in each subsectionInstitution's Own Test65% in Brunel English Language Testwith no less than 55% in each subsection