BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

English

BA (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   No

Storytelling is a fundamental human activity. Every day we exchange jokes and anecdotes, and the important events in our lives need to be told and retold many times over before they achieve the pattern and polish to become the ‘story of our lives’. We tell and read stories for pleasure and information, but we also read to gain a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

The BA in English spans everything from Shakespeare to Zadie Smith, Emily Bronte to Eminem. Traditional modules run alongside more innovative options covering areas such as fairytales, postmodernism, popular literature, south Asian writing, women’s writing, experimental literatures and digital technologies.

Our courses are designed to develop your ability to read texts in increasingly complex and diverse ways. We explore literature by looking at its structures and forms as well as the varying contexts in which it is produced and read. We examine the relations between writer, text and reader and interrogate the ways in which contexts shape and affect interpretation of varieties of texts.

You will have the opportunity to specialise by selecting from a wide range of options according to your own particular tastes and interests, be they in contemporary poetry, drama, fiction, literatures of the past or literatures from cultures remote from our own.

Programme description

Storytelling is a fundamental human activity. Every day we exchange jokes and anecdotes, and the important events in our lives need to be told and retold many times over before they achieve the pattern and polish to become the ‘story of our lives’. We tell and read stories for pleasure and information, but we also read to gain a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

The BA in English spans everything from Shakespeare to Zadie Smith, Emily Bronte to Eminem. Traditional modules run alongside more innovative options covering areas such as fairytales, postmodernism, popular literature, south Asian writing, women’s writing, experimental literatures and digital technologies.

Our courses are designed to develop your ability to read texts in increasingly complex and diverse ways. We explore literature by looking at its structures and forms as well as the varying contexts in which it is produced and read. We examine the relations between writer, text and reader and interrogate the ways in which contexts shape and affect interpretation of varieties of texts.

You will have the opportunity to specialise by selecting from a wide range of options according to your own particular tastes and interests, be they in contemporary poetry, drama, fiction, literatures of the past or literatures from cultures remote from our own.

Key Modules

After graduation, students may enter one of the professions associated with English, such as journalism, publishing, advertising, teaching, the civil service or the media, but our students fit just as easily into many other career environments. From the outset we help you to develop career options based on interests and skills. The College also offers an optional work experience module in the final year.

Module & Subject

At Level 1, you are introduced to the study of English through modules that cover various periods and genres, literary locations and approaches to university-level research and writing skills.

At Level 2, you will study some period-based modules such as Romanticism and Revolution, Shakespeare, the Nineteenth Century Novel, and Modernism. Critical theoretical perspectives are introduced in modules such as Postcolonial Writing and the Women’s Movement.

At Level 3, you can choose from a wide range of modules that are research-led by experts in the field, including: Writing India; Moving Modernisms, Writing Ireland, Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture; and Post-Millennial Fiction, 2000 to the Present. You will also complete a dissertation on a research topic of your choice.

The BA consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Level 1

Compulsory

  • Texts, Contexts, Intertexts
  • Reading Resilience
  • Modern Literature
  • Early Modern Literature
  • Portfolio Critical Reading
  • World Literature, World Literacies
  • Text, Contexts, Intertexts

Level 2

Optional

  • Nineteenth-Century Novel
  • Postcolonial Writing
  • Romanticism and Revolution
  • Genre Fiction
  • Shakespeare: Text and Performance
  • Modernism
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • The Women's Movement: 20th Century and Contemporary Writing

Level 3

Compulsory

  • Project

Optional

  • Victorian Literature and Culture
  • Post-War and Late Twentieth-Century Literature
  • Modern and Contemporary Lesbian Literature
  • Psychogeography
  • Canon Reloaded
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • The Horror Film
  • American Independent Cinema
  • Writing Ireland
  • Creative Industries
  • Violence
  • The Muslim World in Early Modern English
  • Chaucer to Shakespeare
  • Reading for Writers / Writing for Readers
  • New Writing Page to Stage
  • Comedy
Entry Requirements
  • GPA 5.0 or 80%

    75% is required in any specific subjects that are stated in GCE A-level entry requirements above.

    • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
    • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
    • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 3 years
Course Fee:  14800.00
Course Level: 
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER