Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

128 (September 2019 entry)

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Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

Why you should study English at the University of Derby

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.

What is an Integrated Masters?

The Integrated Masters takes you on a journey through undergraduate to masters level learning, giving you greater opportunity to develop advanced research skills and specialist knowledge. The masters level modules build directly on those taken at earlier stages, meaning that you will benefit from a coherent programme which builds logically toward the MLit award.

The Integrated Masters qualification will help you to stand out when seeking a graduate career.

It also offers an excellent way to fund additional study: you can secure a student loan which covers all four years of your full-time study.

A broad perspective

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.

You will examine literatures from the sixteenth century to the present day; from Africa and the Caribbean, Asia, the USA and Europe. And you will cover subjects ranging from myth and fantasy through to crime, passion and madness.

At postgraduate level you can also investigate the nature and significance of offence and free speech, and the relationship between landscape and literature, while developing your understanding of literary representations of identity, eighteenth-century thought and the reactions it received in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The flexibility of the course also means you can choose from a wide range of thought-provoking options so that you can focus on your own literary interests.

Inspirational teaching

You will be taught by an enthusiastic team with research expertise covering a broad range of literary interests. 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.

The ideal setting

You could not have a better backdrop to your studies than Derbyshire, a county which inspired many great writers including Jane Austen, Walter Scott, Charlotte Brontё, George Eliot and Henry James.

Derbyshire was one of the centres of the British Enlightenment during the eighteenth century. You will be introduced to this important heritage from the beginning of your course, taking Enlightenment Literature in your first semester. The postgraduate modules will then develop your understanding of this crucial period of Western cultural development and the literary responses to it.

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 give you experience of working with various cultural institutions. There is also a programme of employability workshops and talks.

Not just lectures and classrooms

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

Study in America

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

You can also study our three-year BA (Hons) English or our BA (Hons) English Literature and Language with optional TESOL pathway. You could also combine English with another subject - find out more about our joint honours degrees.

What you will study

You'll 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'll study modules such as:

  • Critical Theory II
  • Literature in Society (PDP): The English Conference
  • 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'll study modules such as:

  • After the Modern: Existentialism and Postmodernism
  • Shakespeare Today
  • Colonialism and Independence
  • Gender and Identity in Contemporary Literature
  • Culture and Counter-Culture
  • Research Methods (PDP)
  • Enlightenment: The Ferment of Ideas

You'll study modules such as:

  • The Wilderness and the Imagination
  • Locations of Enlightenment
  • Decentring Dramatic Narratives
  • Taking and Making Offence: Blasphemy, Obscenity and Censorship from Milton to Rushdie
  • English Independent Study (MLit) or Work-Based Learning (Integrated Masters)
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How you will learn

Teaching and learning

You will learn through lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will be taught in interactive and varied ways, with plenty of opportunity for you to discuss and debate ideas, so your course stays stimulating and thought-provoking. You will be able to test your ideas, clarify points and develop arguments based on your reading of primary and secondary sources. This will help you to develop excellent communication skills, something that employers really value.

Real-world learning

You will have opportunities to undertake work-based learning projects and placements at cultural institutions as well as study visits to art galleries, cinemas, heritage centres, museums and theatres. We work closely, for instance, with the Derby-based 1623 Theatre Company, giving students the chance to try their hands at directing play scenes.


Our 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 from the second year of the programme.

Supporting you all the way

We pride ourselves on being approachable and supportive. You will have a personal tutor to help and advise you throughout your degree, providing an exceptional level of support.

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 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points128 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C in English or similar at A-level (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
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Alternative entry qualitications

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

2019/20 Fees


£9,250 per year



£13,250 per year


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Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Apply by 15 January to start in September

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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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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, human resources, arts management, broadcasting, the creative industries and the civil service.

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.

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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.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

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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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