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. Combined with Multimedia Journalism you will develop your journalistic skills alongside your academic ones.
You will study print, online and broadcast journalism, alongside aspects of law and ethics. You will produce ongoing assignments such as websites, blogs and magazines and showcase your talents in the final project of your course.
We offer a supportive environment for learning where you can develop your love of literature and learn vital life skills for your future career.
Benefit from dedicated specialist print rooms.
Covers all the major literary periods from Early English to the Present Day
Volunteer on our own community radio station NLive.
Students offered a wide range of option modules in the second and third year
Supportive teaching staff with industry experience.
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 joint honours degree will help you develop your professional practice skills in journalism with your critical understanding of literature.
By choosing to study these subjects there is a higher level of flexibility in deciding your future employability pathway. Both courses are taught by an enthusiastic and experienced team which has substantial research and teaching experience.
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.
This course is designed to enthuse and inspire you whilst broadening your understanding of English Literature and knowledge of Multimedia Journalism. You will enhance your practice skills to gain a working knowledge of industrial practices within a Multimedia environment.
We are an active journalistic environment, within both research and publications such as: magazines, newsblogs, radio and TV packages. We have solid and firm co-operations with local media outlets, and we will support you with running your own blogs to produce your own content.
Report LIVE on current events
There are plenty of opportunities during the course to report on real world current events, and have it broadcast out to the masses. In the video below, joint honours students join single honours Journalism students reporting the results of the General Election live on our community radio station NLive:
Methods of Learning
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 transferrable 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.
There are a variety of assessment formats including, essays, practical reports, presentations, time-constrained essays, multiple-choice tests, group project work, analysis and reflection.