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University of Winchester

Modern English Literature

UCAS Code: Q325

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


We welcome applications from students who are completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma. We normally look for applicants to have studied a course that is in a similar subject and offers are usually made in line with our published tariff point range.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

An A Level A*-C pass is required in an English subject. This can be in English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature or Creative Writing.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

English literature

- Join a dynamic, research-led community passionate about the study of literature where you can focus on modern novels and poetry

- Tailor a programme to your interests from a diverse range of global writers and approaches to contemporary literature, culture and theory

- Attend the University of Winchester Writers’ Festival and Winchester Reading Series – an opportunity to meet authors, publishers and agents

- Add an extra string to your bow by teaching on the Japan Exchange and gaining a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

How are modern writers exploring the tumultuous world we inhabit in their books? What are the most important literary and theoretical developments of recent decades? What impact are new technologies and globalisation having on narrative form and style?

On this dynamic degree you can explore these questions, and push the boundaries of the discipline by focusing on cutting-edge debates about 20th- and 21st-century English Literature.

Guided by our supportive teaching staff, who are all part of the university’s thriving literary research culture, you study the ideas of the most exciting critical thinkers in contemporary cultural debate, using innovative learning and teaching methods.

An avid reader, you will explore the impact of modernity in a variety of ways, including narrative originality, social and historical shifts, identity politics, and cultural and critical theory. As well as attending lectures and seminars, you will also learn through more progressive and collaborative means, such as blogging and online forums, giving peer feedback on essay drafts and working in study groups and workshops.

It is this mix of traditional and creative learning and teaching methods that makes our programme so dynamic and engaging, as well as fully equipping you for life after your degree.

Over three years, you study a mixture of optional and mandatory modules – the latter build core skills such as critical thinking and reading in context. There’s the flexibility to add to your study of literary texts with modules in English Language, Creative Writing and/or American Studies. And we currently offer you the opportunity to study one semester in Japan at the University of Nagoya, where you can gain a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Year 1 lays the course foundation with mandatory modules in Studying English Literature, World Literature, Literature in Context, Intertextuality and Introduction to Poetry.

In Year 2, these skills are deepened in Critical Theory, while Preparation for Research develops research methods and helps you to prepare a professional portfolio. There is a wider range of optional modules in Years 2 and 3 allowing you to engage with the writers and movements that most inspire you. These may include: Shakespeare and Early Modern Comedy, Gothic and Romantic Fiction, and Modernism.

In your third and final year you will be able to identify a research project in an area of modern English literature that excites you, leading to a dissertation supervised by a specialist member of staff. Optional modules may include: Globalisation and Contemporary Fiction, Romantic Celebrity Culture, and Utopian and Dystopian Fiction. Finally, you take a vocational module from a suite of options that will prepare you for life after study by teaching key employability skills.

A degree in Modern English Literature opens many doors. A range of highly transferable qualities, including analytical thinking, evaluative and research skills, self-discipline, and effective written and spoken communication, enables you to excel in a variety of fields not just confined to the arts.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
International
£13,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Winchester

Department:

Department of English, Creative Writing and American Studies

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

94%
high
English literature

How do students rate their degree experience?

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English literature

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


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English literature

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
63%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Childcare and related personal services
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

English literature

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

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