BA English Literature and Geography (3 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    LQ73
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    ABB-BBB
  3. 97% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

English Literature and Geography includes the study of range of literary texts from various contexts and historical periods, where you will also explore the complex relationships between literature, politics and history and also the study of Geography.

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 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.
  • Weblink to information for Geography
  • 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
AND
Optional JH BA or BSC Modules 

Choose Minimum Of 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Complete GEC259/GEG259 and GEC268/GEG268 if intend to complete a Year 3 Geography Dissertation

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEC206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Y Byd Peryglus
GEC249Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hamdden, Cymdeithas a Gofod
GEC250Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Geomorffoleg Afonol
GEC259Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Dadansoddi Data
GEC268Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Paratoadau Traethawd Hir
GEG206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Dangerous Earth: Understanding and Living with Natural Hazards
GEG208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEG211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Glacial Environments and Processes, past and present
GEG217Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Creative Geographies
GEG219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Reconstructing Quaternary Environmental Change
GEG221Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Regional Economic Development and Policy
GEG229Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Marginal Geographies
GEG230Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Boundaries and Connections in Social Geography
GEG233Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Geographies of disease, health and well-being
GEG236Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10The Earth from Space: Monitoring Global Environmental Change
GEG237Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Global Vegetation Patterns and Dynamics
GEG249Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Political Geographies
GEG259Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Data Analysis
GEG268Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Dissertation Preparation
GEL203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Earth history
GEL204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Geological Record of Past Environments
AND
Optional English Literature 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

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-237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Exploring the Bloody Chamber: Medieval to Postmodern
EN-239Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20No-Man's Land: Literature of the Great War
EN-240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolution and Romanticism
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 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Encounters
AND
Optional English Literature 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ALE211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Psycholinguistics
ALE218Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discourse Analysis
ALE224Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Vocabulary Studies
AM-204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Race and Ethnicity: American Perspectives
AM-215Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20American Word/American Image
AM-250Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ghettos, Streets, Suburbs: Cultural Representations of the American City, 1890 - present
EN-204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction
EN-232Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Writing Poetry
EN-234Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Writing Fiction
EN-236Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Writing Drama
EN-260Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Studying Dialect
ENA200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sociolinguistics

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Optional Modules XBISAGEB 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Must have a balance of modules between teaching block 1 and 2. May only select one out of GEG333, GEC334 or GEG334

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
GEB301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interdisciplinary Field Course to the Indian Himalayas (Sikkim)
GEC334Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Lleoliad Gwaith
GEG306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Violent Geographies
GEG333Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Geographical Research Frontiers
GEG334Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Work Placement
GEG335Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Dissertation Report (Joint Honours)
GEG341Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Rural Britain
GEG342Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Geographies of National Identity
GEG343Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Geographies of Forced Migration and Asylum
GEG344Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Glaciology
GEG345Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Humid Tropical Environments and Landscapes
GEG346Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Work and Production in the New Economy
GEG347Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
GEG348Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Plate Tectonics and Global Geophysics
GEG352Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Poststructuralist Cities
GEG354Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Environmental Modelling
GEG358Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Climate of the last 1000 years
GEL302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Applied hydrogeology: the Earth's groundwater resources
AND
Optional English Literature 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Must have a balance of modules between teaching block 1 and 2

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in the Media
AM-316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary American Fiction
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-3026Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Writing Personal Project
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-3036Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20'Love, and a bit with a dog': Comedy in Renaissance England
EN-3037Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Exodus: Moses and Minority Literature
EN-3039Stage 2 (Mar - Jun Professional Development)20Renaissance Tragedy
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-339Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dylan Thomas
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 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Erotics and Exotics of Romantic Orientalism
EN-398Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Masculine and Monstrous in the Middle Ages

Description

Students study six modules, three in English Literature and three in Geography.

Entry Requirements

ll applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants ABB-BBB at A-level to include a B in English Literature or combined English Lang/Literature A Level and a B in Geography. 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, a typical offer would be 32 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BB at A-level. Access candidates should have 18 Distinction 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 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,800

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% 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

Reading material and field trips.

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

Student Quotes

 

"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 teaching staff and modules were inspirational.

Jessica Brown


"I loved my degree. I specialised for the most part in physical geography. I was always fascinated in the wonders of the world and what made it tick. And you could definitely argue that my plate tectonics education helps me fully understand the dangers of living near the San Andreas Fault! Geography helps you look at the world with an analytical eye. It forces you to weigh up evidence and come to conclusions and question the origin of things. Journalism is exactly the same".

Melanie Bromley, BA (Hons) Geography

(Melanie followed a career in journalism and is currently the West Coast bureau chief of American Celebrity Magazine Us Weekly).

 

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

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA English Literature
  • MA Creative Writing
  • MA Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations

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

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