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What makes English Literature and Media & Culture at Worcester special?

Studied in combination, these subject areas enable you to study English literature in its varied contexts of its production alongside the media forms and phenomena that shape and reflect contemporary society.

English Literature at Worcester will introduce you to cutting-edge thinking in spheres as diverse as Shakespeare in translation, children’s literature, contemporary American writing and ecocriticism.

Media & Culture examines how the media, TV and digital communication shape society, its values and politics – and, as a result, identity and human experience.

Overview

Overview

Key Features

  • Study diverse literatures emanating from the sixteenth through to the twenty-first centuries – and encompassing both ‘canonical’ and ‘marginal’ texts
  • Opportunities to play an active role in local and regional literature festivals, related events and a work project module
  • Innovative, contemporary and important topics including ‘Green Media’, ‘War’, ‘Democracy and the Media’ and ‘Gender’
  • Strong emphasis on employability and graduate progression throughout the course with the opportunity to take up a work project and volunteering activities
  • Opportunity to study at a partner university abroad

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend for interview and to provide a portfolio and a piece of written work for consideration

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Course content

What will you study?

Year 1

Mandatory modules:

  • What is Literature?
  • Studying Media and Culture

Module options:

  • English Literature Across the Centuries 
  • English Renaissance Texts and Contexts
  • Creativity in Women’s Writing: Difference in View 
  • Introduction to American Writing 
  • Power, Sex and Identity in Restoration Literature
  • Science Fiction: Alternative Worlds 
  • Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing 
  • Gender and Representation 
  • Introduction to Television 
  • Introduction to New Media 
  • Popular Music and Cultural Change 
  • Media and Culture: Key Concepts 
  • TV History
  • Democracy? The story of an idea

Year 2

Mandatory modules:

  • Literary Criticism: Theory and Practice

Module options:

  • Shakespearean Comedy 
  • Culture and Politics in Victorian Fiction 
  • The Pre-Raphaelites: Word and Image 
  • Children’s Literature 
  • Literary England and the Great War, 1900 – 1930 
  • The American Short Story 
  • Enlightened Minds: Literature 1688 – 1760 
  • Literature in English Around the World 
  • Crime and the Media 
  • Making Monsters
  • Gender and Popular Fiction 
  • Work Project Module 
  • New Media
  • Screening the Nation: Continuity and Change in British TV
  • Media and Social Change 
  • Popular Culture

Year 3

Mandatory modules:

N/A

Module options:

  • Justice and Revenge in English Renaissance Drama 
  • Love, Religion and Politics in English Renaissance Poetry 
  • Fantasy and the 1980s 
  • Cities and Fiction
  • American Writing and the Wilderness 
  • Irish Writing since 1900
  • Literature in Film Adaptation
  • What Happens Now: Twenty-First Century Poetry Plus 
  • Postcolonial Literature 
  • Independent Research Project 
  • Extended Independent Research Project 
  • Gender, Philosophy and Popular Culture 
  • TV Times 
  • Work Project Module 
  • War, Democracy and the Media 
  • Remembrance, Memory and Memorials 
  • Green Media 
  • Radio Times 
  • Pornography and Modern Culture
  • Body & Society
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for English Literature and Media & Culture.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

Many English Literature graduates will take a fourth year postgraduate Certificate in Education before entering the teaching profession. Other students will take a certificate in TEFL and become teachers of English as a second language at home or abroad. Those graduates who achieve particularly good results in their first degree will choose to progress to a Masters course, which will then often lead to a career as a researcher or further study to PhD. Many students progress to careers requiring good communication skills such as Public Relations or develop research careers with media or publishing companies.

Throughout the English Literature degree there is a focus on developing employability which includes attractive opportunities for work experience, a credited work project module, and a career and professional development module. Students are also strongly encouraged to take up the opportunity to study abroad for a semester.

Graduates of Media & Culture courses work in a wide range of careers to which communication skills are central, including marketing and public relations, publishing, media and journalism, business and industry, charities and public administration. Furthermore, in a ‘media society’, where an understanding of how to communicate is all-important, graduates of media and cultural studies courses now work in a wide range of other industries, and are involved in designing websites, writing publicity and press material, and running media training. With employment sectors including marketing, public relations, event management, teaching, business, and the public sector, it is perhaps unsurprising that 'Media Studies' is now identified as one of the top ten degree subjects for producing employable graduates.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Apply through UCAS

English Literature and Media & Culture BA (Hons) - QP33

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

Part-time applications

If you would like to apply to study this course part time, please complete our online application form.

UCAS Code

QP33

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Dr Sharon Young

Admissions Tutor, English Literature

Dr Barbara Mitra

Admissions Tutor, Media & Culture