English

Entry Year: 2019

2 Study Options

English BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
Q300
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. 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
£15,400*

*These fees are for the 2018-19 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2019-20 have not yet been set.

English with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
Q301
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. 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
£15,400*

*These fees are for the 2018-19 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2019-20 have not yet been set.

English

Overview

Take your love of literature to new heights, studying the English-speaking world’s most influential and inspiring writing.

Our exciting degree programme will teach you how to read and interpret texts from a wide range of periods, places and genres, and to understand them in their historical, political and cultural contexts.

You’ll gain a grounding in the critical and theoretical approaches that have shaped English literature in recent years. Our teaching takes an interdisciplinary approach: you’ll discover how philosophy, psychology and other disciplines can enrich our understanding of literary works.

Based in the heart of London, the English department has a world-class reputation and an impressive range of expertise and choice of modules. From medieval epics and Renaissance literary culture to cutting-edge contemporary fiction and everything in between, there are opportunities to personalise your English degree and study the topics that most interest you.

Pictured above: 2015 English graduate Raifa Rafiq (centre), who runs the successful literature podcast Mostly Lit.

Structure

You can complete your English 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

  • English in Practice
  • Literatures in Time: Texts and Contexts from the Eighth to the Sixteenth Century
  • Narrative
  • Poetry
  • Reading, Theory and Interpretation: approaches to the study of English Literature
  • Shakespeare

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Choose from

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

Choose one from

  • Representing London: Writing the eighteenth-century city
  • Romantics and Revolutionaries
  • Victorian Fictions

Choose one from

  • Modernism
  • Postcolonial and Global Literatures
  • The Long Contemporary

You also choose one or two modules from a 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 modules from our full module directory.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • English Research Dissertation

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

Modules may include

  • British Fictions of the 1960s
  • Creative Writing Prose Fiction
  • Guillotines, Ghosts and Laughing Gas: Literature in the 1790s
  • James Joyce's Ulysses
  • Reading William Blake
  • Shakespeare: the play, the word and the book
  • Writing Modern London
  • Writing Muslims

This is a sample of modules from our full module directory

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

In 2017, we introduced the QMUL Model to all our degrees. For further information on this initiative please visit QMUL Model.

Year abroad

Go global and spend your third academic 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.

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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I really liked the course and how it is assessed. The range of modules available is unbeatable! It was very hard to pick my second year modules – they all seemed fabulous.  

Teaching and Facilities

Teaching and learning

You'll receive approximately 10 hours of weekly contact time, in the form of lectures, smaller seminar groups and field trips. A few modules feature guest lectures – for example, professional writers or publishers – while others might take you out of the classroom and into the cultural heart of London.

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. There are no English exams beyond the first year.

 

Resources and facilities

The School offers 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 experts including 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 - 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. 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.
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.
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 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. 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.
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.
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 graduates go on to work in all sorts of sectors, including teaching, publishing, media and communications, and arts and heritage. Some of our most well-known alumni include authors Sarah Waters, JG Ballard and Conn Iggulden, and TV comedy writer James Lamont.

Recent graduates from the School of English and Drama have been hired by:

  • Harper Collins
  • Historic Royal Palaces
  • The Independent
  • London and Partners
  • Penguin Random House
  • Shakespeare’s Globe.

Career support

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

The Department of English has strong links with the worlds of publishing, performance and poetry, and experts regularly deliver talks and lectures.

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 - BA (Hons)

  • English with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

About the School

The School of English and Drama provides 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).

We are a large school, with lots of specialist staff, so you can study the topics that interest you. You’ll have tailored support, including individual feedback on your work, and there are opportunities to contribute to student publications.

We regularly host prominent writers and performers, and collaborate with high-profile organisations such as the V&A, the Barbican, the Southbank Centre and Shakespeare’s Globe.

The School runs several innovative research centres, including the Centre for Poetry; the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies; the Centre for Religion and Literature in English; and the Sexual Cultures Research Group.

Contact us

School of English and Drama

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8571
Email: sed-admissions@qmul.ac.uk

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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)