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English (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

Key Facts

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  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    5 years part time

  • Starting:


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From Beowulf to the comedies and tragedies of Shakespeare, the satire of the eighteenth century, chilling Gothic literature and contemporary women’s writing, the English degree at the University of Northampton will introduce you to detailed study of the core themes and topics of these periods and genres.

This dynamic and diverse course provides a thorough exploration of English Literature from the Early Middle Ages to the present day, all taught by globally-recognised, research-active tutors. It also allows you to pursue your own interests through a range of diverse core and option modules. We offer a supportive environment for learning where you can develop your love of literature and learn vital life skills for your future career.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 22/05/2020


  • All major literary periods covered from Early English to the present day
  • Course led by research active tutors
  • Wide range of option modules available in the second and third year
  • Teaching takes place in small seminar groups (usually 15-25)
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Course Content

  • This course offers innovative, research-driven topics of English literature. In the first year you will study modules which analyse different genres of writing, how Shakespeare is represented in 21st Century texts and films, and the use of literary and creative language. Throughout, you will work with academics who regularly publish as experts in their fields.

    In the second and third years you will be able to choose from a range of option modules which include Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature, Children’s and YA Literature, American Literature, Gothic writing, Urban Literature, Creative Writing and the adaptation of literary texts for film and television.

    If you choose to major in English then in your third year you will also undertake an extended study of English Literature in your Dissertation which will enable you to explore in depth a topic, genre or author of your own choice. You can alternatively choose to undertake an Interdisciplinary Dissertation which will combine your two subject areas.

    The team of lecturers is big enough to offer a variety of modules, but small enough to provide you with a close-knit learning environment. You will know your tutors personally and see them regularly and there will always be someone to help you with your academic study, and to provide pastoral support hand-in-hand with Northampton’s excellent student support services.

    Methods of Learning

    English modules are assessed through a variety of methods, including essays, individual and group presentations, blogs, participation in online discussion groups, creative writing, podcasts and formal examinations. From the outset we teach you the skills you will need through your degree and transferable skills that will be vital to your career.

    You will engage with texts through extensive reading and consolidate your own responses by studying intellectual, theoretical and historical contexts. You will be taught through seminars and group discussions which will critically inform your ideas and allow you to share and discuss them with your fellow students.


    This course is assessed through a variety of methods including essays, group and individual seminar presentations, web-based work, short analytical exercises and examinations.

  • UK & EU

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

    Additional Costs

    We do ask that you buy the prescribed primary texts for each module. We carefully review the costs of every module each year, so that they do not exceed £100 per module. In practice, by using libraries, freely available online resources and second-hand copies of books, costs are often less than half of this total figure.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module



  • Graduates in English from the University of Northampton go on to work in a variety of careers including teaching, publishing, marketing, librarianship, business, journalism and media, management and local government. In addition, many go on to postgraduate study including the University of Northampton MA in Contemporary Literature.

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