English and History

Entry Year:2019

2 study options

English and History BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
QV31
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include grade A or above in A-Level English Literature or English Language and Literature. This must include grade B or above in A-Level History. Applicants with A-Level English Language may be considered on an individual basis. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£16,200
Funding information

English and History with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
QV3Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include grade A or above in A-Level English Literature or English Language and Literature. This must include grade B or above in A-Level History. Applicants with A-Level English Language may be considered on an individual basis. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£16,200
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Overview

Combine your love of English literature with learning about the sociopolitical history behind it.

What’s the relationship between a piece of writing and the context in which it was written? How are writers affected by their circumstances? What influence do literary texts have on social, cultural and political life?

This popular joint degree links the social and political history of a period with its literary texts, giving you the chance to reflect on these questions and consider how the two disciplines relate to and inform one another.

You’ll examine the interaction between writing and society, studying core history and English modules, and gain increasing freedom to study the topics and historical periods that interest you most - whether that's discovering the impact of the French Revolution on English art or walking through the London of Defoe, Dickens, Virginia Woolf or Monica Ali.

Structure

You can complete your English and History degree in three or four years. If you choose to do a year abroad this will take place in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 1

Compulsory

  • English in Practice
  • History in Practice
  • Reading, Theory and Interpretation: Approaches to the Study of English Literature

Choose from

  • Literatures in Time: Texts and Contexts from the 8th to the 16th Centuries
  • Shakespeare

Choose at least one from

  • Building the American Nation: 1756–1900
  • Europe 1000-1500: The Middle Ages and their Legacy
  • Europe in a Global Context: 1800 to the Present
  • Global Encounters: Conquest and Culture in World History
  • Screening History: Representing the Past in the Contemporary Historical Film
  • The Medieval World: Structures and Mentalities
  • Unravelling Britain: 1800 to the Present

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Choose two modules across three subject areas

1. Medieval and Early Modern Studies

  • Arthurian Literature from Geoffrey of Monmouth to Game of Thrones
  • Renaissance Literary Culture

2. Eighteenth-Century, Romanticism, and Nineteenth-Century Studies

  • Representing London: Writing the Eighteenth-Century City
  • Romantics and Revolutionaries
  • Victorian Fictions

3. Modern, Contemporary and Postcolonial Studies

  • Modernism
  • Postcolonial and Global Literatures
  • The Long Contemporary

Choose from

  • A Century of Extremes: Germany 1890–1990
  • Africa in Europe, 14401650: Renaissance Encounters
  • Architecture in London II: 1837 to the Present
  • Chartists, Rebels and Suffragettes: Democracy in Britain, 18301928
  • Gender and Politics in Britain since 1870
  • London on Film: Representing the City in British and American Cinema
  • The Georgians: Society and Culture in Eighteenth Century England
  • Women and Gender in Medieval Islam

You choose further modules from a wide range of options that changes each year.

Modules may include

  • Art Histories: an Introduction to the Visual Arts in London
  • Black and Asian Writing in Britain
  • Chaucer: Telling Medieval Tales
  • James Baldwin and American Civil Rights
  • Satire, Scandal and Society
  • The Crisis of Culture: Literature and Politics 1918–1948
  • Women and their Writing in the Romantic Period
  • Writing Now

This is a sample of English modules from our full module directory.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Choose from

  • English Research Dissertation
  • History Special Subject

You choose the rest of your final year modules from a wide range of options that changes each year.

Modules may include

  • Apocalypse Now: Crisis, Change and Later Medieval Mentalities
  • British Fictions of the 1960s
  • Death of a Dynasty: Tudors and Stuarts, c. 15901610
  • Ghosts and Laughing Gas: Literature in the 1790s
  • Guillotines
  • Islam and the West in the Middle Ages
  • James Joyce's Ulysses
  • Reading William Blake
  • Shakespeare: the Play, the Word and the Book
  • The 'Heart of Darkness'? Identity, Power and Politics in the Congo c.18702010
  • The Modern Caribbean: Migration, Radicalism and Revolt
  • Writing Muslims

This is a sample of modules from our full module directory.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our English and History BA with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are. 

Additional Costs

A few modules may require you to buy tickets to shows or exhibitions (often at a discounted rate) as well as pay for travel within London.

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Studying history has given me the chance to explore civilisations I never even knew existed. From medieval monks to modern day Britain, my eyes have been opened to a vast array of cultures.

Teaching and Facilities

Teaching and learning

You'll receive approximately 10 hours of weekly contact time, comprising lectures, smaller seminar groups, field trips, tutorials and workshops.

For every hour spent in class, you'll complete a further four to six hours of independent study.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework (essays, projects, presentations, log books and portfolios) and exams.

Resources and facilities

The Schools offer excellent on-campus and London-based resources to support your studies, including:

  • access to Senate House Library and the British Library – the most important intellectual resources in London
  • opportunities to meet visiting publishers, curators, archivists, poets, novelists, activists and filmmakers
  • proximity to specialist archives and collections such as the BFI National Archive, Poetry Library, Women’s Library, National Art Library and the Warburg Institute
  • opportunities to write, edit and publish for student newspapers and magazines.

Entry requirements

English and History - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include grade A or above in A-Level English Literature or English Language and Literature. This must include grade B or above in A-Level History. Applicants with A-Level English Language may be considered on an individual basis. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 6 in Higher Level English A. This must include a minimum of 5 in Higher Level History.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in English Literature or Literacy modules at Distinction. This must also include at least 6 Level 3 credits in History modules at Distinction.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

English and History with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include grade A or above in A-Level English Literature or English Language and Literature. This must include grade B or above in A-Level History. Applicants with A-Level English Language may be considered on an individual basis. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 6 in Higher Level English A. This must include a minimum of 5 in Higher Level History.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in English Literature or Literacy modules at Distinction. This must also include at least 6 Level 3 credits in History modules at Distinction.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Career opportunities

Our English and History graduates go on to work in a variety of roles in many different sectors, including teaching, publishing, media and communications, and arts and heritage.

Recent graduates from our English and History degree have gone on to work for:

  • Curzon PR
  • Harper Collins
  • Historic Royal Palaces
  • The Independent
  • Penguin Random House
  • Shakespeare’s Globe.

Career support

You’ll have access to bespoke careers support during every step of your degree, including personal academic support from experts in both history and English literature. A practical third-year module will prepare you for the transition from university to working life by researching career, entrepreneurial and postgraduate study prospects.

Our careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

Unistats data for these courses

  • English and History - BA (Hons)

  • English and History with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

About the Schools

School of English and Drama - Department of English

We provide a first-class learning environment - the Departments of Drama and English are in the top 35 in the world (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018). And you’ll learn from leading experts: Drama is ranked first and English fifth in the UK for research quality (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our degrees make full use of the literary and cultural riches of London, with trips to venues such as Shakespeare’s Globe, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Library.

School of History

The School of History is ranked 11th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. 

Our staff are world-leading scholars engaged in innovative teaching and bringing history to the wider public on TV and radio: you will learn from academics at the forefront of research in their respective fields. Our London location offers students unrivalled access to museums, archives and libraries.

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Why Queen Mary?

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

5th in the UK

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

Russell Group

Member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

Global top 50

Global top 50

English, drama, and law ranked in the global top 50 (QS Subject rankings 2018)