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

  • 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.
  • Students have the option of studying a Semester Abroad during their second year. Destinations include: USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • 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.

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
MS-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Media Communication
Optional Modules
AND
Compulsory Selective - English Literature 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : SELECT 40 OR 60 CREDITS (TWO OR THREE MODULES)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Monsters, Theories, Transformations
EN-119Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Stage Play World
EN-120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20English Essentials
AND

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 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
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
ALE218Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discourse Analysis
AM-213Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Topics in American Studies II:
EN-204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction
EN-236Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Writing Drama
HUA207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Business & Entrepreneurship
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)
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-229Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Professional Development: Preparing for Work
MS-231Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Journalism
MS-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Social Media Cultures
MS-235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media Law
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
AND
AND

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
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)20Writing for Radio and Screen
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
HUA308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art, Cinema and Music
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
MLF305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intersectional Identities in Contemporary French Cinema
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
MS-336Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Mediating the 21st Century
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
AND
Optional Module Choices - English Literature 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : you must take a minimum of 40 credits and you may take a maximum of 60 credits

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

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may take a maximum of 20 credits. Students must have a completed Creative Writing module if they wish to take EN-3026. Students maky not take both EN-3031 and EN-3026

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

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.

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

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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