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English - Course Outline

Part First

A broad sweep of English Literature

Year First and Second

In this part, students need to take seven papers. Some of the papers are taught throughout the two years whereas others are taught in one specific term. Following two papers are compulsory.

  • English Literature and its Contexts, 1300-1550
  • The Plays and Poetry of Shakespeare

Students need to choose the remaining five papers from the following.

  • Literary Criticism
  • English Literature and its Contexts, 1688-1847
  • English Literature and its Contexts, 1500-1700
  • English Literature and its Contexts, 1830-Present
  • Early Medieval Literature and its Contexts, 1066-1350
  • European Languages and Literatures
  • English Literature and its Contexts, 1300-Present (an open dissertation)
  • English Language for Literature, 1300-Present

In addition to above papers, students need to take seventh paper that would be from four options borrowed from the department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic: Old Nose Language and Literature, Insular Latin Language and Literature, Medieval Irish Language and Literature and Medieval Welsh Language and Literature.

Part Second

Developing and extending students' own interests

Year Three

Students need to take two compulsory papers in this year.

  • Practical Criticism
  • The Comparative Study of Tragedy in Literature, Music and Art from Classical Greek Drama to the Present

In this year, students need to submit a compulsory dissertation of approximately 7, 500 words on a topic of their choice. For their two papers, students may choose from a broad range of options. These papers may change from time to time, however, generally include papers on:

  • The English Moralists
  • American Literature
  • Post-Colonial and Related Literature
  • The History and Theory of Literary Criticism

Students may borrow papers from other courses as well such as Modern and Medieval Languages, Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic and Classics. Students are advised to see full list of options on the faculty's website.

After English

The scholars like Emma Thompson, Jeremy Paxman, Sam Medes and Quentin Blake show the different and successful paths that English graduates follow it. Some of the students prefer to do research whereas others may get into the legal professions, teaching, journalism, jazz, management and finance consultancy. They use their communication and analytical skills to develop their careers. Some of the students choose to get into writing and acting.

Course Requirements

It is mandatory that applicants ought to have English Literature as one of their 'A' level or equivalent subjects. Subjects like classical/modern history and languages are helpful, however, not necessary. There are many successful applicants who have studied science and mathematics subjects. Students are advised to check college websites for college requirements. They may see entrance requirements, qualifications and offers.


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