BA English Literature and German (4 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    QR32
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 97% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

As a student of English Literature and German 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 and develop your knowledge of a modern language.

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.
  • All of our degrees combine intensive language tuition with optional modules relating to a wide variety of aspects of society and culture in the German- speaking world.
  • A strong Welsh-medium provision is also available.
  • During the third year of study, students spend a year abroad in Germany. Students can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business during the year abroad.
  • 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.

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
Compulsory Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must ensure that they are taking an equal number of credits in each 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-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
MLG260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 2A
MLG260AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg 2A
MLG260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Language 2B
MLG260BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Almaeneg 2B
MLG270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2A
MLG270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg Canolradd 2A
MLG270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2B
MLG270BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg Canolradd 2B
AND
Compulsory Modules- Selective (English Literature) 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least 2 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
EN-204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction
EN-206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Debating Texts: Theory in Literature
EN-207Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolution of the Word: Modernism
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-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-260Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Studying Dialect
EN-266Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Encounters
ENA200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sociolinguistics
AND
Compulsory Modules- Selective (German) 

Choose Maximum Of 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Advanced- select 30cr, ensuring a balance between TB1 and Tb2. Intermediate- select 20cr.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ML-250Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching Modern Foreign Languages to Young Learners 2
MLG201ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German General Language 2A
MLG201BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German General Language 2B
MLG202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vienna Underground: Subterranean Views of a Twentieth-Century City
MLG204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Power and the Personal: Shifting Identities in Modern German Culture
MLG208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Poetry Lab: From Minnesang to Modernity
MLG210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Translation Workshop 2
MLG234ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Intermediate German A
MLG234BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Intermediate German B
MLG235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 2
MLT201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Theory of Translation
MLT202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer-Assisted Translation
AND
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select sufficient modules to make up 60 credits in English Literature when combined with your selection from 'Compulsory Modules- Selective'.

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-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
ML-242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Fascisms
MLC235ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2A
MLC235BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2B
MLG207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Translation Workshop 2
MLG235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 2
MLT201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Theory of Translation
MLT202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer-Assisted Translation

Year 4 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MLG301ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German General Language 3A
MLG301BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German General Language 3B
Optional Modules
English Literature options 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 3 x 20 credit modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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-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-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-314Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Chaucer
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-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
AND
German Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least 1 x 20 credit module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MLG300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vienna Underground: Subterranean Views of a Twentieth-Century City
MLG306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)0German Poetry Lab: From Minnesang to Modernity
MLG343Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Power and the Personal: Shifting Identities in Modern German Culture
MLG344Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Cinema in the New Millennium
AND
German Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If appropriate, select 20 credits of modules to make up 60 credits for German.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-305WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Patagonia Gyfoes
ML-350Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching Modern Foreign Languages to Young Learners 3
MLC335ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 3AIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLC335B.
MLC335BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 3BIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLC335A.
MLG310CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (German/English)If you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLG350.
MLG350Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 3If you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLG310C.
MLI345Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italy past and present - identity and diversity
MLI348Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Classic and Contemporary Italian Cinema
MLT307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting - Health Option
MLT310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interpreting - Law Option (Police)

Description

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

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level with a B in English Literature or the combined English A level and a B/C in a Modern Language. 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 32-30 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 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £12,900

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.

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 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. "

Jessica Brown


"I spent the third year of my German Studies degree at Swansea University doing a 10-month internship at the Siemens translation department in Munich. Moving to a different country to work in a German environment was a big step and quite a challenge, but it was reassuring to know that the team of lecturers at Swansea were behind me. The internship was a great experience and one that I am very grateful for, as it opened the door for me after I graduated, when Siemens took me on as a full-time Translation Manager. I moved permanently to Munich and have worked at Siemens ever since."

Ula Mitchell

 

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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