BA English Literature and Medieval Studies (3 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    QVH1
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 97% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

As a student of English Literature and Medieval Studies 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 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.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EN-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Literature and Society in Medieval Europe.
HIH117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Medieval Europe: an introduction
Optional Modules
AND
Optional Module 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to American Literature and Culture
CLC101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Of Gods and Heroes - Greek Mythology
CLC102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ovids Metamorphoses. The Transformations of Mythology
CLE112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Egyptian Language 1
CLE120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Egyptian History and Civilisation 1
CLG101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Greek Language I
CLG105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Greek Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) I
CLG125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Greek 1 (Level 1)
CLH110Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interpreting Antiquity
CLH111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Classical Athens
CLH112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Augustan Rome
CLL101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CLL105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Latin Language (post-GCSE or equivalent) I
CLL125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Latin 1 (Level 1)
EN-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Monsters, Theories, Transformations
EN-112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Approaches to Gender in English Literature
EN-114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Voices of Poetry
EN-117Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Creative Writing: Fiction Genres
EN-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Writing: Styles of Fiction
EN-119Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Stage Play World
HIH118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Early Modern World, 1500-1800
HIH121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Europe of Extremes: 1789 - 1989
HIH122Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Making History
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Stage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 1 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 2 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLG150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 3
MLG151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 4
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 1 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 2 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
AND
AND

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Early Medieval History Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If you wish to research for a dissertation in early medieval history (pre-AD800), please sign up here for HIH3300, and you will be transferred in due course to CLD300. You should inform the Programme Director Prof Daniel Power.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40History Dissertation
AND
Medieval Studies Optional Module 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CLH388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Late Antiquity; The Transformation of the Roman World AD 250-600
EN-3011Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Discovering old English
EN-398Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Masculine and Monstrous in the Middle Ages
HIH3019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Renaissance Venice
HIH3301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Welsh society in the later Middle Ages, 1267-1536 (Level 3)
AND
English Literature Compulsory 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Power and Performance: 1590 - 1740
EN-389Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Revolution, Romanticism and Realism
AND
English Literature Optionals 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20First Language Acquisition
ALE306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Second Language Acquisition
ALE308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Issues in current ELT
ALE316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in the Media
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-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Dramatic Writing
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
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-388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Power and Performance: 1590 - 1740
EN-389Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Revolution, Romanticism and Realism
EN-390Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Erotics and Exotics of Romantic Orientalism
EN-391Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Wales: Singular noun, plural experience
EN-398Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Masculine and Monstrous in the Middle Ages
OR
English Long Essay (within Medieval Studies) 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-397Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Long Essay
AND
Medieval Studies Optionals 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block. To select a Special Subject you must choose both modules within each pair.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-3011Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Discovering old English
EN-398Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Masculine and Monstrous in the Middle Ages
HIH3019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Renaissance Venice
HIH3229Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Reign of King John 1199-1216: Misrule and Magna Carta (I)To select this module students must also pursue HIH3230.
HIH3230Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Reign of King John 1199-1216: Misrule and Magna Carta (II)To select this module students must also pursue HIH3229.
HIH3247Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Art and Society in Early Renaissance Italy (I): The Fine ArtsTo select this module students must also pursue HIH3248.
HIH3248Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Art and Society in Early Renaissance Italy (II): Patrons and ArtistsTo select this module students must also pursue HIH3247.
HIH3257Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Blood and Roses: England 1450-1475To select this module students must also pursue HIH3258.
HIH3258Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Blood and Roses: England 1475-1500To select this module students must also pursue HIH3257.
HIH3301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Welsh society in the later Middle Ages, 1267-1536 (Level 3)
AND
English Literature Compulsory 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Power and Performance: 1590 - 1740
EN-389Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Revolution, Romanticism and Realism
AND
English Literature Optionals 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20First Language Acquisition
ALE306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Second Language Acquisition
ALE308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Issues in current ELT
ALE316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in the Media
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-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Dramatic Writing
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
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-388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Power and Performance: 1590 - 1740
EN-389Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Revolution, Romanticism and Realism
EN-390Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Erotics and Exotics of Romantic Orientalism
EN-391Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Wales: Singular noun, plural experience
EN-398Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Masculine and Monstrous in the Middle Ages
OR
English Literature Long Essay (within English Literature) 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-3026Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Writing Personal Project
EN-397Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Long Essay
AND
English Literature Compulsory Module 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Power and Performance: 1590 - 1740
EN-389Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Revolution, Romanticism and Realism
AND
English Literature Optional 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20First Language Acquisition
ALE306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Second Language Acquisition
ALE308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Issues in current ELT
ALE316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in the Media
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-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Dramatic Writing
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
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-388Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Power and Performance: 1590 - 1740
EN-389Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Revolution, Romanticism and Realism
EN-390Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Erotics and Exotics of Romantic Orientalism
EN-391Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Wales: Singular noun, plural experience
EN-398Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Masculine and Monstrous in the Middle Ages
AND
Medieval Studies Optionals 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block. To select a Special Subject you must take both modules within the pair.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-3011Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Discovering old English
EN-398Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Masculine and Monstrous in the Middle Ages
HIH3019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Renaissance Venice
HIH3229Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Reign of King John 1199-1216: Misrule and Magna Carta (I)To select this module you must also pursue HIH3230.
HIH3230Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Reign of King John 1199-1216: Misrule and Magna Carta (II)To select this module you must also pursue HIH3229.
HIH3247Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Art and Society in Early Renaissance Italy (I): The Fine ArtsTo select this module you must also pursue HIH3248.
HIH3248Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Art and Society in Early Renaissance Italy (II): Patrons and ArtistsTo select this module you must also pursue HIH3247.
HIH3257Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Blood and Roses: England 1450-1475To select this module you must also pursue HIH3258.
HIH3258Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Blood and Roses: England 1475-1500To select this module you must also pursue HIH3257.
HIH3301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Welsh society in the later Middle Ages, 1267-1536 (Level 3)

Description

Students study six modules, three in English Literature and three in Medieval Studies.

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. 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 material.

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

Student Quotes

 

 

"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."

Kirsty Rowles

 


"Swansea University enabled me to pursue my interest, allowing me to base my undergraduate dissertation on how medieval society tried to understand the causes of the plague and how it coped with the mass plague morality in terms of displaying grief and being refused a ‘good’ death.  Amidst my research I found that the medieval world was an exciting and intriguing time which touched on certain areas of particular expertise including gender, warfare, aristocratic culture, and frontiers and borderlands."

Naomi Davies

 

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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