Course Overview

This interdisciplinary programme examines the representation of gender in culture and society. Students consider how portrayals of gender reflect, challenge or perpetuate cultural values and ideologies.

The Department of English Language and Literature is ranked 7th in the UK within the recent Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014), gaining a score of 100% for the social impact of its research activities.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • The BA English Literature and Gender covers themes from the early-Medieval period to the present day, while also developing your knowledge of critical theory and the diversity of approaches to literature.
  • Specialist researchers and teachers in Gender and Culture offer modules.
  • Students spend the third year studying at a University in Australia, Europe or the USA. 
  • Our students have an academic mentor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • Our staff are active researchers known across the globe and we teach an exciting range of topics that cover every branch of the subject across many regions of the world.
  • The English Society at Swansea organises literary, social and cultural events. Follow them on Twitter or follow the Siren, English student blog.
  • The Centre for Research into Gender in Culture and Society (GENCAS) brings together staff from across the campus who research into gender.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EN-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Monsters, Theories, Transformations
EN-112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Approaches to Gender in English Literature
EN-119Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Stage Play World
EN-120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20English Essentials
Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must select at least 1x 20 credit module from the list below. You may decide to select 2x 20 credit modules and not make a selection from the box below. Overall, you must select a balance of 20 credits per teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE116Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20A History of the English Language
AM-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to American Literature and Culture
EN-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Literature and Society in Medieval Europe.
EN-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Writing: Styles of Fiction
AND

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EN-237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Exploring the Bloody Chamber: Medieval to Postmodern
Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose a minimum of 60 credits and may choose up to a maximum of 100 credits from the list below to make up your total of 120 credits for the year. You should select any outstanding credits from the optional modules listed in the box below. Overall, you must select a balance of 60 credits per teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Debating Texts: Theory in Literature
EN-207Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolution of the Word: Modernism
EN-226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Conflict and the Gothic in the long nineteenth century
EN-239Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20No-Man's Land: Literature of the Great War
EN-241Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fragments of Union: The Cultural Making and Breaking of Britain
EN-242Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contentious Shakespeare
EN-266Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Medieval Encounters
AND

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Sandwich Year

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 120 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions and to experience different cultures.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-R00Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Study Abroad (English Literature and Creative Writing)

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EN-3050Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Written in Blood: Reading the Vampire
EN-398Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Masculine and Monstrous in the Middle Ages
Optional Modules
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose a minimum of 40 credits from this list. You may decide to choose 80 credits and not make selections from the Creative Writing modules below. Overall, you must select a balance of 60 credits per teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Issues in current ELT
ALE316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in the Media
AM-316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary American Fiction
AM-333Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20African American Literature 1910-1940: The Harlem Renaissance
EN-3011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discovering Old English
EN-3027Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20William Blake: Poetry and Designs
EN-3029Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postmodernist and Post-war Fiction
EN-3031Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Dissertation - English Literature
EN-3037Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Exodus: Moses and Minority Literature
EN-3040Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Welsh Gothic / Gothic Wales
EN-3042Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postcolonial Literature
EN-3043Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poetry in the Twentieth Century
EN-3046Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Stuff: Victorian Literature and Material Culture
EN-3047Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Other Tongues: Multilingualism in English Language Literature
EN-3048Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Professional Development: Preparing for Work
EN-3051Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Madness, Malady and Melancholia: Literature and Medicine from Genesis to Genomes
EN-3052Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sex and Death: Jacobean Drama
EN-314Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Chaucer
EN-374Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theorising Texts: Shakespeare, Bronte, James
EN-376Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prehistory, History and Language
EN-394Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading/Writing Trauma
AND
Creative Writing Optional Module Choices 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may select a maximum of 40 credits to make up your 120 credits for the year. You must have completed a Creative Writing module if you wish to take EN-3026. Your MUST NOT select EN-3031 and EN-3026. Overall, you must select a balance of 60 credits per teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-3014Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Fiction Writing
EN-3026Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Writing Personal Project
EN-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing for Radio and Screen
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
EN-319Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Poetry Writing

Description

Students study compulsory and optional modules in English Literature and specialist modules in Gender. 

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent including a B in English Literature or the combined English Language and Literature A-level or A-level Creative Writing. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including: International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

 

 

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,700

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quote

"In completing a degree in English Literature, I developed generic skills which could be transferred to a wide variety of jobs. Following graduation I started an administrative role within a government agency, which designed and carried out examinations and assessment for senior police officers. This role was extremely varied as it involved organising conferencing events and assessment centres across the UK. I was required to manage a heavy workload, prioritise tasks and communicate clearly and effectively, all of which were skills I had strengthened in accomplishing my degree. I had the opportunity to train and manage other members of staff, which led me to realise I enjoyed using my communication skills to teach. During my time at Swansea University, the inspirational teaching and content of the modules around gender and culture opened up a fascinating area of study to me, which I am desperate to explore further. My first degree in English Literature has earned me a place on a Masters course next September, after which I intend to complete a PhD. Swansea University opened my eyes to the academic world of learning and progression, and inspired me to be part of it, through my own research, teaching and sharing my ideas.

Jessica Brown


Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

97.4 per cent* of English Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. English at Swansea is ranked 2nd for graduate prospects in The Guardian Good University Guide 2016.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in English will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, social media, and project administration, working for companies such as:

  • Jobs Growth Wales
  • BUSINESS WIRE UK
  • Cardiff Council

A significant number of our graduates choose to teach abroad using their TESOL and CELTA qualifications. 

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA TESOL;
  • PGCEs in Primary and Secondary education;
  • Speech and Language Therapy courses;
  • MA Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations;
  • MA by Research.

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of English. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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