BA English Literature and Media (3 year)

Course Overview

The BA English Literature and Media will not only analyse a range of literary texts from various contexts but offer broad vocational and theoretical study.

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. 
  • Media incorporates distinct pathways in media, film, public relations, journalism and practical media.
  • The programme combines the study of history, theory and practice that incorporates skills and techniques relevant to the modern digital media, digital journalism, creative digital practice; video production; radio production; film and public relations industries.
  • Students have the option of taking Welsh-medium modules.
  • Students have the option of competitive work-based learning or work-placements.
  • In the second year students have the option of a semester abroad in 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.

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
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MS-200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theorising the Media
Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules - Selective English Literature 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Instructions: Select at least 2 modules. 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
AND
Optional Module Choices English Literature 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Instructions: 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-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
Optional Module Choices Media Studies 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Instructions: Select 2 x 20 credit modules. These can be from either teaching block 1 or teaching block 2 (depending on your other module selections). A total of 60 credits must be selected in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AHT200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Profiad Gwaith
EN-204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction
EN-236Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Writing Drama
HIH267Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of the Mass Media in the United Kingdom
HUA203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Digital War
HUP201Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fundamental Issues in Moral and Political Philosophy
ML-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
MLF226ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French Cinema Since World War II
MS-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Digital Media
MS-221Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Media Practice
MS-228Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Video Production
MS-231Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Journalism
MS-235Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media Law
MSP200RSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Public Relations Theory
MSP201RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Digital Public Relations Practice
MSS202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of Screen Animation
MSS217Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Reading the Screen: ideas and ideologies on screen
MSW200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sgiliau Cyfryngau Ymarferol
MSW202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Y Cyfryngau a Chymdeithas
MSW204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Testunau Trawsgyfryngol
MSW205Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Creu a Chyflwyno Testunau
MSW207Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cyfathrebu Digidol
MSW208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theori Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus
PO-235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Human Rights and Global Justice
PO-237Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Latin American Politics through Film

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
English Literature Modules 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should ensure that they select 60 credits in each teaching block.

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-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-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-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
AND
Media Modules 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 3 x 20 credit modules across teaching blocks 1 and 2. These should balance with other module choices. If you choose MS-311 (Dissertation) you MUST also choose MS-310 Dissertation Preparation. You can only choose a disseration in ONE of your joint honours subjects. You may NOT choose MS-323 Video Production and MS-327 Radio Production (you may only choose one of these options).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in the Media
EN-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Dramatic Writing
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
HIH3215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media and Society in the 1930s
HUP301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Religion, Science, and Superstition
HUP304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Philosophy and the Social Sciences
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MS-302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media, Gender and Sexuality
MS-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Digital Futures
MS-307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Practical Web Technologies
MS-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Online Journalism
MS-310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dissertation Preparation
MS-311Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Dissertation
MS-323Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Video Production
MS-327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Radio Production
MS-332Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Drama and Documentary on Screen
MSP300RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Strategy, Marketing and Branding
MSS302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Signing the Screen: Film and Television Authorship
MSS312Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media & Communication Internship
MSW301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Testunau Trawsgyfryngol
MSW303Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Traethawd Estynedig Cyfryngau
MSW304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith a'r Cyfryngau
MSW305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cynhyrchu a Gwerthu: Cynhyrchiad Aml-blatfform
MSW306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Strategaeth, Brandio a Marchnata
MSW307Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Traethawd Estynedig Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus
MSW308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyfathrebu Corfforaethol

Description

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

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level to include a B in English Literature or combined English Lang/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, 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.

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 materials. 

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

Student Quotes

 "I studied 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."

Kirsty Rowles

 


 

"The year spent studying Media and Communication in Swansea University is my best study experience ever in my life. It helped to lay the foundation of my career that I have now. I work for China Central Television 6 World Film Report programme as a reporter and international producer. I travel around the world to cover film festivals and interview film producers, directors, actors and actors from different countries. I’m always grateful to my teachers in Swansea who introduced me to the world of Journalism and Media studies. The knowledge and experience I gained in Swansea is crucial to my career now."

Dan Mu

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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