About the course

Literature and religion have long been intertwined, from the devotional poetry of the Renaissance to contemporary representations of faith in a multicultural modern world. Understanding the nature of religious belief unlocks the meaning of many literary texts, which in turn have profoundly influenced the course of debate on religious issues.

On a degree in English Literature with Religious Studies, we’ll introduce you to writers who will open doors to contemporary beliefs and cultures remote from your own, and also help you explore more familiar literature in ways that challenge your preconceptions. This means you’ll study literature written in English by writers from all parts of the globe, whose voices are relevant and important in our modern world.

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 18th 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 – alternative systems for interpreting the world which have sought, in different ways, to challenge the dominant religious worldviews that held sway for so much of human history.

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.

Whether you’re religious or not, understanding the beliefs that guide people’s lives is crucial to navigating a globalised world, and the ways in which writers have depicted it. Studying religion helps you to explore literature from social, political and ethical perspectives. You’ll learn about the development of religious ideas and practices over time through the exploration of four major world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. This will be given a modern context through a module on religion and the contemporary world. Religious Studies seminars in your first year will explore how to investigate and discuss different beliefs and ideas and to develop your critical thinking, all within a respectful and empathetic environment.

In your second year you’ll study the philosophies of religion, while in your final year you’ll consider the intersection of religion with popular culture. You’ll be taught by academic staff who bring fresh thinking to our accessible, engaging courses. They are active researchers of international standing who bring their own passion for their discipline into the classroom.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) English Literature with Religious Studies
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) English Literature 2019 Programme specification 2 BA (Hons) Religious Studies

Why choose this course?

We give you: 

  • A fresh take on writing of the past, and the opportunity to study contemporary works that speak directly to our everyday lives
  • An expert academic team to challenge you, support you and build your confidence as you develop into a scholar of literature and religion
  • A flexible programme of study, allowing you to concentrate on areas you find especially interesting
  • 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

Teaching methods

Students of English Literature with Religious Studies will be taught in a variety of ways according to the characteristics of each module. Many are taught via weekly lectures and weekly seminars. Workshops are also used to discuss subjects in more depth and encourage independent analysis, and in Religious Studies, in particular, small group teaching helps you to find your feet in the academic environment.

There are plenty of opportunities to discuss philosophical, religious and ethical issues with staff and fellow students, including an optional residential weekend each year.

You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in activities that will complement your studies and enhance your CV. These include our Philosophy Society, run by students, which hosts fortnightly research seminars led by distinguished external philosophers.

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.

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.

Study Abroad

Taking a year’s study abroad is an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding of the world. Living in another country opens up fresh perspectives and helps create global citizens. Immersing yourself in a host country enhances your learning, giving you a greater appreciation of other cultures and societies, and a deeper understanding of their everyday lives. Your time abroad could also afford you an opportunity to observe religious beliefs in your host country.

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Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

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.

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Other financial support

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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.

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Entry requirements...

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Standard entry requirements

72 - 168 UCAS points

IB – 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above. Find out more about international application requirements.

GCSE Maths grade 4 (D) and English Language grade 4 (C) or above.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

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.

How to apply

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

2019

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23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
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2020

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Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year