About the course

A degree in English Literature with Film will help you grow from passionate reader and film-fan into a critical thinker able to understand literary and cinematic works by applying a wide range of critical, theoretical, political and historical perspectives. The disciplines of Literature and Film Studies are highly complementary, and as you progress through your degree you will find many fruitful connections between them.

This fascinating degree is both geographically and historically wide-ranging. This means you’ll study literature written in English from the Renaissance to the present day, by writers from all parts of the globe; and alongside this, you’ll explore film and television from America, Asia, Britain and the rest of Europe, from the earliest days of moving images to some of the most exciting contemporary work being produced today.

In both disciplines, you’ll be taught by research-active academics who bring fresh thinking to our accessible, engaging courses. We’ll introduce you to writers and film-makers who will open doors to contemporary worlds and cultures remote from your own, and also help you explore more familiar works – both textual and visual – in ways that challenge your preconceptions.

Whatever your taste in literature, there will be something to interest and provoke you. From The Tiger Who Came to Tea to Jane Eyre, from Paradise Lost to Zadie Smith’s Swing Time, we’ll broaden your literary horizons and hone your critical thinking.

A core Literature module in your first year will equip you to read and interpret both traditional and contemporary literary texts critically as a scholar of English literature. Alongside this you can choose to revisit Shakespeare and consider his cultural relevance today through fictional, cinematic and TV adaptations; or to deepen your understanding of Gothic writing by tracing its origins back to the Romantic era.

In your second year you’ll focus on period-based literature from the Renaissance onwards and gain an understanding of literary history, from Elizabethan verse and drama, via Augustan poetry and the emergence of the novel in the 18 th century, to the radical transformations of the Victorian age, and the emergence of modernity in the twentieth century.

You’ll also have the opportunity to consider ways of reading that go beyond textual analysis or historical context, such as understanding literature through the political or ideological lens of Marxism, feminism and post-colonial theory. You’ll have the chance to specialise in your final year, tailoring your literary study to reflect your own interests. Themed options include children’s literature, young adult fiction, Renaissance tragedy, European crime fiction, literary adaptations and the culture of print in the 18th century.

At the same time, your minor in Film will further hone your analytical skills, and give you a sophisticated appreciation of the craft of filmmaking. You’ll look at how the film and television industry has evolved and adapted to new technologies, how novels are recreated in film and how film gives us fresh perspectives on the world. You’ll also have opportunities to design and run film programmes, write and produce your own short films and hear guest lectures by film, television and media professionals. Topics covered range from silent movies to the Golden Age of Hollywood, the birth of the blockbuster, the influence of European style on American film, the way digital technology has transformed the industry, and why franchises have proved so successful, from James Bond and Star Wars to the Marvel cinematic universe.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) English Literature
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) English Literature 2019 Programme specification 2 Film Programme Specification

Why choose this course?

We give you: 

  • The chance to explore the cross-over between these highly complementary disciplines.
  • An expert academic team to support you and build your confidence as you develop into a scholar with expertise in both fields, plus the opportunity to get involved with local cinemas and our own bespoke film club.
  • A global approach to both Literature and Film, providing both a broad overview of literary and cinematic history and the chance to study more specialised areas of interest.
  • Teaching rated excellent by 92.14% of our students in the 2018 National Student Survey.
  • CV-building potential through work placements and extra-curricular activities.

Course details

What job can I get?

Employability is central to everything we do. Our courses equip you with transferable, intellectual and personal skills and experiences that are valued by employers in a wide range of industries. As a graduate in English Literature with Film, you will be an excellent communicator with high levels of textual and visual literacy, skills which are invaluable to employers in a digital age. Past students have gone on to careers in teaching, publishing and the media, journalism and marketing. Many of our graduates go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields.

Teaching methods

Students of English Literature with Film will be taught in a variety of ways according to the characteristics of each module. Many are taught via weekly lectures and weekly seminars, and there are timetabled weekly screenings to make sure that you always have the chance to see the films you are studying. Workshops are used in English Literature to discuss subjects in more depth and encourage independent analysis, and in Film for modules where the practical skills taught are enhanced by the supervision of experts in their field. You may be assessed using innovative methods such as the video-essay, for which you will be taught highly transferable skills in editing and presenting. You will also be expected to read and watch primary material in your own time, to contribute to online discussions, and to download and read notes from StudyNet, our virtual learning environment.

Work Placement

You can choose a work experience module, Literature at Work, which explores English in the classroom and aspects of the literary heritage industry. The module is centred around a six-week work placement where you’ll gain valuable transferable skills. Our students have worked as school classroom assistants, in publishing houses or attractions such as London’s Charles Dickens Museum and Dr Johnson’s House.

You can – additionally or alternatively – go on a longer work placement between your second and third year of study at the University. The Placement Year provides you with the opportunity to set your academic studies in a broader, practical context and to gain experience in specific areas relevant to your fields of study. You will also strengthen your time management, organisational and communication skills as well as develop employability skills.

The Placement Year helps you to develop as an independent learner and apply the communication, analytical and other skills gained from studying to the workplace. 

When you return, you'll resume your studies in your final year before graduating.

Study Abroad

A natural step from studying global literature and film is to spend time abroad to experience the world for yourself. We encourage our students to take a year’s study abroad at one of our many partner institutions across the world. We have a fabulous selection of partner institutions, each with something distinctive to offer. Wherever you choose to go, studying overseas will broaden your horizons and enhance your understanding of other cultures, which can only make you a better student of literature.

Find out more about our Study abroad opportunities.

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Introduction to Film Criticism 15 Credits Compulsory
    Texts Up Close: Reading and Interpretation 15 Credits Compulsory
    Make it New: Literary Tradition and Experimentation 15 Credits Compulsory
    Border Crossings: Modern Literature from around the World 15 Credits Compulsory
    Genre, Styles and Stars 15 Credits Compulsory
    Shakespeare Reframed 15 Credits Compulsory
    American Voices: Introduction to US Literature and Culture 15 Credits Compulsory
    Romantic Origins & Gothic Afterlives 15 Credits Compulsory
    Journeys and Quests: Adventures in Literature 15 Credits Optional
    Identity and Contemporary Writing 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Ways of Reading: Literature and Theory 15 Credits Compulsory
    Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    A Nation of Readers: British Identity and Enlightenment Culture 15 Credits Compulsory
    Revisiting the Renaissance 15 Credits Compulsory
    Studies in Twentieth Century Literature, 1900-1945 15 Credits Optional
    American Literature to 1900 15 Credits Optional
    Twentieth Century North American Writing 15 Credits Optional
    Images of Contemporary Society: British Literature and the Politics of Identity 15 Credits Optional
    Age of Transition: the Victorians and Modernity 15 Credits Optional
    Literature at Work 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Renaissance Tragedy 15 Credits Optional
    Eighteenth Century Bodies 15 Credits Optional
    Literature Project 30 Credits Optional
    Between the Acts: Late Victorian and Edwardian Literature 1890-1920 15 Credits Optional
    Postmodern Genders 15 Credits Optional
    Children's Literature:Growing up in Books 15 Credits Optional
    Native American Literature 15 Credits Optional
    East End Fictions: Interdisciplinary Studies of London's East End 15 Credits Optional
    Worlds Apart 1: Utopian & Dystopian Writing 15 Credits Optional
    Texts and Screens: Studies in Literary Adaptation 15 Credits Optional
    The Golden Age: Victorian Children's Literature 15 Credits Optional
    African-American Literature 15 Credits Optional
    Generation Dead: Young Adult Fiction and the Gothic 15 Credits Optional
    Twenty-first Century American Writing 15 Credits Optional
    Euro-Crime on Page and Screen 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 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.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    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.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    UCAS points A Level BTEC IB requirement
    104 BCC DMM 104 points

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year