University of East Anglia English Literature
University of East Anglia English Literature
BA English Literature
Whether handling fifteenth-century manuscripts in the Norwich archives, converting the argument of an eighteenth-century sonnet into the language of a political pamphlet, or writing your own critical introduction to a novel published only last year, your apprenticeship as a literary-critic here blends the acquisition of high-level analytical skills and broad and deep knowledge, with an attention to critical writing as a craft.
And Norwich is the place to learn the craft of the literary critic. World-renowned literature has been produced here from the c14th writings of Europe’s first-ever female author, Julian of Norwich, to c21st work by the likes of Ian McEwan and Emma Healey.
The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing is famous for the quality and adventurousness of its teaching. It embraces several interlinked disciplines; for example, you can choose to study drama or creative writing alongside English and related literatures. The English Literature degree programme gives a rigorous grounding in writing from the medieval period to the present day – from the Arthurian Tradition via Shakespeare, Milton, Austen, the Brontës, Joyce, to novelists and poets who are still writing now – and it combines this with a range of innovative approaches and specialist topics.
The degree course is studied in an interdisciplinary atmosphere. Alongside specialists in English Literature, you will also work with teachers and students who are involved with Creative Writing, Drama, Philosophy, Modern Languages, American Studies, Film Studies, History and History of Art. The options system also allows you to explore one or other of these subjects yourself: in each of the three years, besides your options within the English syllabus, you can choose one module from another discipline, according to your own interests and aptitude.
The whole programme is based on the conviction that literature is not an abstract or unworldly pursuit, but something which happens in the real world. That is why we teach historically, so that literature is seen in larger contexts; and it is why we host regular extra-curricular visits by contemporary writers who read and discuss their work. We also emphasise making literature as well as studying it: there is the opportunity to extend your awareness of literature through your own writing. To facilitate all this we employ a variety of teaching strategies (small group seminars, larger-scale lectures, writing workshops, individual projects and dissertations). Assessment is carried out in each teaching module (either by coursework, assessed practical project or by occasional short exams) so that there are no ‘finals’.
Your degree programme may contain compulsory or optional modules. Compulsory modules are designed to give you a solid grounding, optional modules allow you to tailor your degree.
The course modules section below lists the current modules by year and you can click on each module for further details. Each module lists its value (in credits) and its module code, a year of study is 120 credits.
Teaching and Assessment
Key skills, issues and ideas are introduced in lectures given by all members of faculty, including literary critics, literary historians and writers. More specialist study is undertaken in small group seminars. These are chosen from a range offered within the School and across the University. You will also spend time studying and researching in the library or carrying out practical work or projects. In most subject areas, you are assessed at the end of each year on the basis of coursework and, in some cases, project and examination results. In your final year, you will write a dissertation on a topic of your choice and with the advice of tutors. There is no final examination. Your final degree result is determined by the marks you receive in years two and three.
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Students who are enrolled on three-year programmes in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities have the option of applying to study abroad at one of UEA’s partner universities, for one semester of the second year. Please see our Study Abroad website for further information and criteria.
Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:
LITERATURE IN HISTORY 1
LITERATURE IN HISTORY II
READING AND WRITING CRITICISM
READING TEXTS II
READING TEXTS: TUTORIAL CLASS
Students will select 0 – 20 credits from the following modules:
This range allows you to use your option to further study theory and practice of writing texts.
Students will select 0 – 20 credits from the following modules:
This range allows you to choose from other Arts and Humanities subjects that complement your degree.
AN INTRODUCTION TO POPULAR CULTURE IN LATIN AMERICA
BEGINNERS’ ARABIC I (SPRING START)
BEGINNERS’ CHINESE I (SPRING START)
BEGINNERS’ FRENCH I (SPRING START)
BEGINNERS’ GERMAN I (SPRING START) – A1 CEFR
BEGINNERS’ JAPANESE I (SPRING START)
BEGINNERS’ SPANISH I (SPRING START)
FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS OF THE GREAT CIVILISATIONS
FRENCH LANGUAGE IN ACTION (LEVEL 4)
GLOBAL POLITICS 2
HISTORY, CONTROVERSY AND DEBATE
IMAGINING AMERICA: LITERATURE II
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL COMMUNICATION
MODERN READINGS IN PHILOSOPHY
READING CULTURES II: IDEAS AND IDEOLOGIES
REASONING AND LOGIC
THE AGE OF EXTREMES: EUROPE 1918 – 2001
WITCHCRAFT, MAGIC AND BELIEF IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.
- A Level AAB including English Literature or the combined English Language and Literature
- International Baccalaureate 33 points including 5 in HL English
- Scottish Advanced Highers AAB including English
- Irish Leaving Certificate AAAABB including English Literature or 4 subjects at H1, 2 at H2 including English Literature
- Access Course An ARTS/Humanities/Social Science pathway preferred. Pass with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 including modules in English Literature and Merit in 9 credits at Level 3
- BTEC DDD alongside a GCE A-Level or equivalent in English Literature
- European Baccalaureate 80% including 70% in English
You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.
A GCE A-level in English Literature is required.
UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.
Students for whom English is a Foreign language
We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):
- IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all components)
We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.
If you do not meet the University’s entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.
The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you. The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.
We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly to discuss this further.
The School’s annual intake is in September of each year.
Fees and Funding
Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students
Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.
Scholarships and Bursaries
We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.
Home/EU – The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships. To check if you are eligible please visit the website.
Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students
Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.
We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.
How to Apply
Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.
UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.
The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:
Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Please click here to register your details online via our Online Enquiry Form.
International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University’s International section of our website.