BA English Literature (3 year)

2015 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We still have places available for 2015 on a small number of programmes. Entry requirements might vary from those shown below. For up to date information on vacancies and applying through Clearing or Adjustment, visit our dedicated 2015 Clearing and Adjustment pages.

 

  1. UCAS code:
    Q300
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 93% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

As a student of English Language and Literature at Swansea, you will not only analyse a range of literary texts from various contexts and historical periods, but you will also explore the complex relationships between literature, politics and history.

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

  • A UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee Excellence scholarship for the MA year. 
  • BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a Merit scholarship and pay £1,000 fees for the MA year.
  • The BA English Literature 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.
  • Optional modules are available in Creative Writing. 
  • Specialist researchers and teachers in Gender and Culture offer modules.
  • In the second year students have the option of a semester abroad in Europe, Hong Kong or the USA.
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • The English Society at Swansea organises literary, social and cultural events. Follow them on Twitter or follow the Siren, English student blog.
  • Swansea is the birthplace of Dylan Thomas, widely regarded by many literary scholars as one of the Twentieth Century's most influential lyrical poets, and amongst the finest as such of all time. 

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Ways of Reading

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Debating Texts: Theory in Literature
EN-237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Exploring the Bloody Chamber: Medieval to Postmodern
AND
Literature in Time

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-242Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Shakespeare, Stage, Page, Screen
EN-266Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Encounters
AND
Literature in Place

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-239Semester 2 (Jan - Jun 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
AND
Literature in Revolution

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-207Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolution of the Word: Modernism
EN-240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolution and Romanticism
AND

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
English Literature options

Choose Exactly 120 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block. Students must NOT select more than two Creative Writing modules. * Modules EN-319/EN-3014/EN-306 are designed for those who have done CW at a previous level - contact David Briton to discuss if you wish to join without prior experience.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20First Language Acquisition
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-3010Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Uncanny places and cyberspaces: Gender and the fantastic
EN-3011Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Discovering old English
EN-3014Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Fiction Writing
EN-3016Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Literature and the Metropolis: Representations of London Life 1900-1939
EN-3018Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Neo-Victorian Fictions
EN-3019Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Thomas Hardy
EN-3027Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20William Blake: Poetry and Designs
EN-3028Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Women's Writing
EN-3029Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postmodernist and Post-war Fiction
EN-3031Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Dissertation - English Literature
EN-3032Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20'The point, however, is to change it': Marxism, Theory and Literature
EN-3033Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Triumphant Disasters, Disastrous Triumphs: Writing World War Two
EN-3036Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20'Love, and a bit with a dog': Comedy in Renaissance England
EN-3039Stage 2 (Mar - Jun Professional Development)20Home Sweet Home: Staging Domestic Dangers in Renaissance England
EN-3042Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postcolonial Literature
EN-3043Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poetry in the Twentieth Century
EN-3044Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20HEARTS IN HIDING: HARDY AND HOPKINS AS POETS OF INNOVATION AND IDIOSYNCRASY
EN-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Dramatic Writing
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
EN-314Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Chaucer
EN-319Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Poetry Writing
EN-334Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern Irish Fiction in English
EN-335Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20European Fiction and Drama 1850 - 1920
EN-374Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theorising Texts: Shakespeare, Bronte, James
EN-376Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Prehistory, History and Language
EN-383Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20W.B. Yeats
EN-390Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Erotics and Exotics of Romantic Orientalism
EN-398Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Masculine and Monstrous in the Middle Ages

Description

English Literature is one of the most diverse, stimulating and challenging disciplines offered at Swansea University. Our Literature courses cover the entire range of the subject, from Beowulf to Contemporary Fiction. 

Entry Requirements

Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level with a B in English Literature or the combined English Language and Literature A-level. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement. For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits.  We require a minimum IELT 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 2015/16 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA Full-time £9,000 £12,500

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

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

Travel costs for study abroad.

Please see the Studying Elsewhere: Student Funding Issues pdf and also see our study abroad web pages.

Student Quote

"I studied BA English with Creative Writing and MA English at Swansea University, and I now work at Discovery, the student volunteering charity based on campus. I am also a volunteer project coordinator with the same organisation, and run a monthly project for children from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. Having studied English has been incredibly advantageous in these roles, partially because my degrees have provided me with a good command of both written and spoken English. This enables me to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes. Throughout my studies, I also gained skills in presenting material to a group, which is particularly useful in my current job, where I am responsible for delivering induction training to new volunteers. Aside from equipping me with practical skills, my English degrees have been influential in the way in which they nurtured my interest in other people and cultures. The discussion of social inequalities inspired by the literature I encountered on my degree courses was partly what drew me towards the kind of work I am now doing in both my paid and voluntary roles with Discovery."

Kirsty Rowles

 

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.

Gender in Literature

English Literature

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