BA (Hons) English Literature with New Media Publishing
About the course
The English Literature programme is for students who want to use their love of reading to gain new perspectives concerning the world we live in now - and its past. The programme offers you with a package of critical skills, subject knowledge and creativity which can be applied in a range of careers.
English Literature at the University of Hertfordshire mixes contemporary writing from around the world with the study of “classic” writers – Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens – to create a degree which encapsulates what the discipline of “English Literature” – or “Literatures in English” – looks like in the twenty-first century.
Choices include modules on particular periods (the Eighteenth Century; Twenty-first Century American Writing), theme-based modules (African-American Literature, Film Adaptation) and popular genres (YA Novels, European Crime Fiction and Film, Science Fiction).
We also provide our students with a Work Placement module tailored for Literature students allowing them gain valuable experience.
New Media Publishing
New Media Publishing is a practical media course that would benefit those students wishing to go onto careers in publishing, media, journalism and PR. There is a growth area in new media and a shortage of literate and technically able graduates who are able to move between magazine layout for print based journalism and web-based publishing. Some of our students have been employed by Pearson Education Publishing, the largest publishing company in Europe, and they describe what they look for in a graduate: "we're looking for graduates wanting to work in editorial and production. They should demonstrate good attention to detail, be literate, and have the ability to work to deadlines, have an eye for detail and a good working knowledge of publishing software."
- All Humanities students will take more than one subject in their first year. Students may choose to continue in all their subjects or they may change to single honours in their second year.
- All full-time Humanities students will take an extra module, ‘Engaging with the Humanities’, in their first year. This module helps you to explore the nature of study within different Humanities disciplines. Your ‘Engaging with the Humanities’ tutor will also be your personal tutor.
Why choose this course?
Students rate the teaching they receive very highly. In the National Student Survey 2015, 90% of students agreed that staff explained things clearly, 95% found the staff enthusiastic about their subject, and 90% found the course intellectually stimulating.
New Media Publishing will help you gain hands-on training by creating and producing independent and team lead projects for print and screen-based media.
Our graduates have an excellent record of gaining employment in media, publishing, teaching and information management where their skills in analysis, communication and evaluation are highly valued. Many of our graduates go on to higher levels of study engaging in research in their chosen fields. Whatever your future career plans, what is important to your potential employers is the range of intellectual, transferable, personal skills and experience you have gained and can demonstrate. We ensure our programmes are relevant to the world of work through active links with regional employers across a range of industries and professions.
The precise method of teaching varies according to each module. Most are taught via weekly lectures and weekly seminars. You may be asked to work with fellow students and produce some group work together. Sometimes you will have to present the findings of your research to your fellow students in the seminars. You will be expected to contribute to on-line discussions and to download and read lecture notes from StudyNet, our virtual learning environment.
The following modules will run in 2016-17. Modules may change each year in response to student feedback and staff expertise.
- Writing and Revolution: Literature from The Romantics to the Victorians
- Theatre in Action: Reading Dramatic Texts
- Technology, Terror and Transformations: Literature from the Fin de Siècle to WW1
- Introduction to Poetry
- Renaissance Literature (Core)
- Studies in Twentieth Century Lit: 1900-1945
- American Literature to 1900
- Lines on a Map: Explorations in Colonial Writing
- Ways of Reading: Literature & Theory (Core)
- 20th Century North American Writing
- Enlightenment Literature (Core)
- Images of Contemporary Society: British Literature and the Politics of Identity
- Postcolonial Cultures: Texts and Contexts
- Work Placement: Literary Heritage and the Public
- Renaissance Tragedy
- Literature Project (30 credits, 2 semesters)
- Worlds Apart 1: Utopian & Dystopian Writing
- Texts and Screens: Studies in Literary Adaptation
- The Golden Age: Victorian Children's Literature
- Generation Dead: Young Adult Fiction & the Gothic
- Twenty-first Century American Writing
- Eighteenth Century Bodies
- Between the Acts: Late Victorian and Edwardian Literature
- Independent Project
- Postmodern Genders
- Children's Literature
- Worlds Apart 2: Science Fiction
- African-American Literature
New Media Publishing
- Visual Communication
- Interactive Media
- Magazine Design
- Video Feature
- Web Design for Publishing (30 credits, 2 semesters)
- Media Project (30 credits, 2 semesters)
- The Publishing Project (30 credits, 2 semesters, Mass Comms students only)
This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
Find out more about Study abroad opportunities
In some cases, you may be able to graduate with a degree from your partner university as well as from Hertfordshire. You may be eligible for a grant if you meet certain conditions.
- Engaging With The Humanities - 15 Credits
- Language and Mind - 15 Credits
- Introduction to Poetry - 15 Credits
- The Writer's Art: an Introduction to Creative Writing - 15 Credits
- Language Analysis - 15 Credits
- The First World War A - 15 Credits
- Grammar and Phonology for Overseas Learners - 15 Credits
- Britain and Africa, c1750-2000 B - 15 Credits
- American History c1600-1850 B - 15 Credits
- English Heritage, 1500-1900 - 15 Credits
- Introduction to Philosophy - 30 Credits
- Reason and Persuasion - 15 Credits
- Becoming a Writer - 15 Credits
- Introduction to English Language Teaching - 15 Credits
- Talk, Text and Patwa - 15 Credits
- Philosophy of Film and Literature - 15 Credits
- Britons: Who do we think they are? A - 15 Credits
- Introduction to Public History - 15 Credits
- Mandarin Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
- Mandarin Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
- French Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
- French Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
- French Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
- French Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
- French Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
- French Route B - 4b - 15 Credits
- German Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
- German Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
- German Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
- German Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
- German Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
- German Route B - 4b - 15 Credits
- Japanese Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
- Japanese Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
- Spanish Route C - 4a - 15 Credits
- Spanish Route C - 4b - 15 Credits
- Spanish Route A - 4a - 15 Credits
- Spanish Route A - 4b - 15 Credits
- Spanish Route B - 4a - 15 Credits
- Spanish Route B - 4b - 15 Credits
- Writing and Revolution: Literature from The Romantics to the Victorians - 15 Credits
- Technology,Terror & Transformations:Literature from The Fin de Siecle to WW1 - 15 Credits
- Theatre in Action: Reading Dramatic Texts - 15 Credits
- Introduction to Religious Studies - 30 Credits
- Introduction to American Studies - 15 Credits
- Introduction to Media Communications - 15 Credits
- Introduction to Journalism - 15 Credits
- Journalism, Law and Ethics - 15 Credits
- Introduction to Film Criticism - 15 Credits
- Introduction to Film Theory - 15 Credits
- Visual Communication - 15 Credits
- Interactive Media - 15 Credits
- Communication, Interaction, Context - 15 Credits
- Global Media and Society - 15 Credits
- Graduate Skills - 0 Credits
- Studies in Twentieth Century Literature, 1900-1945 - 15 Credits
- American Literature to 1900 - 15 Credits
- Twentieth Century North American Writing - 15 Credits
- Ways of Reading: Literature and Theory - 15 Credits
- Renaissance Literature - 15 Credits
- Enlightenment Literature - 15 Credits
- Lines on the Map: Explorations in Colonial Writing - 15 Credits
- Images of Contemporary Society: British Literature and the Politics of Identity - 15 Credits
- Magazine Design - 15 Credits
- Video Feature - 15 Credits
- Postcolonial Cultures: Texts and Contexts - 15 Credits
- Work Placement: Literary Heritage and the Public - 15 Credits
- Graduate Skills - 0 Credits
- Renaissance Tragedy - 15 Credits
- Eighteenth Century Bodies - 15 Credits
- Literature Project - 30 Credits
- Between the Acts: Late Victorian and Edwardian Literature 1890-1920 - 15 Credits
- Independent Study and Research Project - 15 Credits
- Postmodern Genders - 15 Credits
- Children's Literature:Growing up in Books - 15 Credits
- Worlds Apart 2 : Science Fiction - 15 Credits
- Worlds Apart 1: Utopian & Dystopian Writing - 15 Credits
- Texts and Screens: Studies in Literary Adaptation - 15 Credits
- The Golden Age: Victorian Children's Literature - 15 Credits
- African-American Literature - 15 Credits
- Generation Dead: Young Adult Fiction and the Gothic - 15 Credits
- Staging the Modern World: Contemporary British and Irish Theatre - 15 Credits
- Web Design for Publishing - 30 Credits
- Media Project - 30 Credits
- Twenty-first Century American Writing - 15 Credits
Fees & funding
Full time: £9,250 for the 2017 academic year
Full time: £11,350 for the 2017 academic year
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
Other financial support
Living costs / accommodation
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
112 UCAS points
IB - 112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above.
GCSE Maths and English Language at Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).
All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.
For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.