Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

64-96 (September 2018 entry)

UCAS code

Q301

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

This course is available as a Joint Honours degree.

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Course description

In 1821 Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote that ‘poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world’. A century on, Ezra Pound described artists as the ‘antennae of the race’. Literature is provocative, challenging, unsettling and transformational; it exposes us to new perspectives and undermines existing certainties. At the University of Derby, we believe that the study of literature should do this too.

You can also choose to study English through the Joint Honours scheme where you can combine it with another subject.

English at Derby is an exciting, diverse and challenging course that not only incorporates the close analysis of literature, but also considers the situations in which literature is produced and read. This means your studies will include the intellectual and cultural history of art, film, philosophy, linguistics and sociology, as well as contemporary cultural politics.

A Foundation Year is for you if you have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly on to the Honours degree programme.

It provides you with a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge you need and introduces you to the subject of English, enabling you to achieve your full honours degree in four years.As literature asks questions about who we are, why we are here, and the nature of the world in which we find ourselves, BA (Hons) English reflects the vibrancy, dynamism and profundity of the subject at large.

A broad perspective

You will be introduced to a range of cultural expression from across the globe and from diverse historical periods, broadening your understanding of the variety of human experience and the different literary modes which capture this.

The course covers literatures from the ancient past to the present day; from Africa and the Caribbean, America and continental Europe as well as from Britain and Ireland. It includes detailed surveys of early modern literature, the Enlightenment, the nineteenth-century realist novel and the modernist experiments of the early twentieth century.

Inspirational teaching

You will be taught by an enthusiastic team with research expertise covering a broad range of literary interests. In the 2015 National Student Survey 95% of our students agreed that our course is intellectually stimulating and that our staff are good at explaining things.

You will also benefit from guest seminars and lectures, including those given by our Visiting Professor, Catherine Belsey, an internationally-recognised scholar whose work has profoundly influenced the way English is studied and taught.

Tailored to suit you

The flexibility of the English degree means you can choose from a wide range of thought-provoking options in stages two and three so that you can focus on your own literary interests.

The ideal setting

You could not have a better backdrop to your studies than Derbyshire. One of the centres of the British Enlightenment during the eighteenth century, the county has a strong literary heritage and inspired many great writers including Jane Austen, Walter Scott, Charlotte Brontё, George Eliot and Henry James.

A career focused degree

An English degree will open up a range of career options. However, we also recognise the importance of supporting you to develop the skills sought by employers to maximise your employability.

You will have personal development planning (PDP) interviews with your Year Tutor throughout your degree. Your tutor will help you explore career aspirations, review your PDP file and advise you on developing transferable skills.

We offer the opportunity for applied study through our work-based learning modules, which can be taken as options and where you can undertake projects and placements at cultural institutions There is also a programme of employability workshops and talks.

Not just lectures and classrooms

You will take part in trips and study visits to cinemas, film festivals, theatres, museums, galleries and heritage centres where you can observe, broaden your cultural knowledge and also apply what you are learning in practice.

We also work closely with the Derby-based 1623 Theatre Company so you have the opportunity to try your hand at directing play scenes, and with Writing East Midlands so you can contribute to writing-related events,Our innovative conference module, Literature in Society, enables you to collaboratively produce and market a paper to be delivered to an invited audience at a public conference.

Study in America

You can choose to spend part of your degree studying at one of our partner universities in America:

You can also study our Integrated Masters in English (MLit) or our BA (Hons) English Literature and Language. You could also combine English with another subject - find out more about our joint honours degrees.

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Study skills
  • American Studies
  • History
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Studies

If you don’t have either English or Maths GCSE, you will need to substitute one or two of the above for a module in English and/or Maths.

You will study modules such as:

  • Critical Theory I (PDP)
  • Early Modern Words, Early Modern Worlds: Sixteenth-Century Literature
  • Enlightenment Literature
  • Mutants and Monsters: Interpreting Fantasy
  • Myth and English Literature
  • Reading American Literature

You will study modules such as:

  • Critical Theory II
  • Literature in Society: The English Conference (PDP)
  • Nineteenth-Century Realism: Conscience and Context
  • Modernism
  • The Art of Crime 
  • Black Atlantic Literatures 
  • Poetry and Revolution in the British Romantic Period
  • Theatricality and Madness 
  • Transgression and Restoration: Seventeenth-Century Literature
  • Contemporary Issues in the Cultural and Creative Industries 

You will study modules such as:

  • Independent Study (PDP)
  •  After the Modern: Existentialism and Postmodernism 
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Shakespeare Today
  • Colonialism and Independence 
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature: Terror, Wit and Letters of Love 
  • Gender and Identity in Contemporary Literature 
  • Modern and Contemporary Poetry 
  • Riots and Rebels: Studies in Intercultural Drama 
  • Taking and Making Offence: Blasphemy, Obscenity and Censorship from Milton to Rushdie
  • Culture and Counter-Culture  

How you will learn

Assessment

During your foundation year you will be assessed mainly by coursework, and with some in-class tests.

For the rest of your degree the assessment strategy is designed to produce confident, articulate graduates with a broad set of skills. There are no exams and forms of assessment include seminar debates, group presentations and conference papers alongside essays and longer research projects. We place great emphasis on developing your research skills, with independent projects playing a key part in stages two and three.

Who you will meet

You will be taught by our team of engaging, passionate and inspiring subject experts.

Dr Robin Sims is the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) English and the Subject Leader for Joint Honours English. He studied English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia before completing a Masters and PhD at Cardiff University’s Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory. His specialisms include literary theory, modernism and postmodernism, and he has published on psychoanalytic approaches to literature and on the construction of the Green Man in twentieth-century culture.

Dr David Holloway is a Senior Lecturer in American Studies. His research interests include American visual cultures, narratives of apocalypse in American culture and the “war on terror”. His book on Cormac McCarthy was published in 2002 and 9/11 and the War on Terror was published in 2008. He is also the co-editor of American Visual Cultures (2005).

Professor Samuel Kasule is a Professor of Post-colonial Theatre and Performance. He studied Drama and English at Makerere University (Kampala) before completing an MA in Theatre Studies and a PhD in English at Leeds University. His specialisms include drama, postcolonial literatures and postcolonial theory. He has published on Black British theatre, postcolonial writing, and postcolonial performance and drama.

Dr Paul Whickman is a Lecturer in English. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Nottingham in 2013. He specialises in eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature, particularly the Romantic period and the work of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Having published on Byron and Shelley, Paul’s particular research interests are in literary blasphemy, eighteenth-century conceptions of press freedom, copyright and the aesthetics of dissent.

Dr Aled Williams is a Senior Lecturer in English. He was awarded a PhD in English at the University of Warwick in 2001. His specialisms include Romanticism, nineteenth-century literature, and modern and contemporary poetry. He has published on Romantic-period literature, contemporary poetry, and on student writing development in higher education.

Entry requirements

September 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points64-96 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEN/A
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£12,500 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

A head start in your career

You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge you need to give you excellent career prospects when you graduate. There are exciting opportunities in fields such as teaching, publishing, journalism, librarianship and arts administration, as well as roles in art galleries, media centres and museums.

Ensuring you are ‘work-ready’

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure that you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate - industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you will also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions.

This support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Dr Robin Sims r.sims@derby.ac.uk +44 (0) 1332 591874
Ann Wells a.wells@derby.ac.uk +44 (0) 1332 591373
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generalmarketing@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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