This is a new kind of English degree which sees English as a broad but unified subject focused around the production, interpretation and evaluation of texts.
The course is designed to give you the opportunity to produce, analyse and critically discuss texts in a wide range of media. If you have enjoyed working on aspects of language, literature or writing in your previous studies, this programme allows you to find out more about all of these and about how they are connected.
No other course integrates language, literature and writing so fully. Our BA English degree helps you understand how these all interact with each other. You develop skills in each of these areas, helping you to speak and write in a range of contexts and to analyse and understand other people's texts.
You will produce your own texts in a wide range of media and genres, analyse the work of others, engage in critical and theoretical debates, and develop your own investigations. You also explore how communicators make linguistic and other choices in producing texts, in order to have particular effects on audiences, how audiences respond to these, and how cultural contexts affect all of this.
This is a unique English course helping you to develop your own unique range of skills and the ability to create your own career path. The degree allows you to combine English language, literature and creative writing or, if you choose, to specialise in English language or creative writing specifically.
The teaching on this course allows you to build and develop your skills in language, literature and writing. The course is designed to be interactive, with students taking charge of their own learning and creative practice, developing their own projects.
Each year you will study a core 30 credit, year-long module which integrates work on language, literature and writing. There is also a range of optional modules which allow you to develop and pursue your own interests and to make your own connections among particular topics and among and beyond modules in the programme.
In the final year, you can choose a work placement module, which gives you the chance to apply and explore ideas developed in other modules, to develop communication skills, to understand how institutions are structured, and to develop your understanding of the relevance of high-level skills in communication, analysis and research to specific workplace environments and institutions.
Placements last for half an academic year and run alongside other modules. Recent placements have included:
This module introduces key topics and methods for work in English. It develops your ability to reflect on your own practice and personal development within and beyond this programme, and on your career plans. You also develop your ability to produce, interpret and evaluate texts in a range of media and genres, your understanding of methods and approaches used to explore texts and practices, and your understanding of the cultural and other contexts in which texts are produced and circulated.
This module will familiarise you with key terminology and concepts used in describing and investigating language variation. It explores how English varies between regions, different groups and individuals and how to recognise and describe phonological and grammatical variation in examples of language in use. You will use terms and concepts studied during the module in developing your own investigations of local and international varieties of English.
This module explores different ways in which we make sense of the world and communicate with others through creative or professional writing. On this module, you will develop your reading and writing skills through exploration of a wide range of literary or journalistic forms and through writing practice in these forms. It introduces you to the importance and practice of reflective evaluation of your own and other’s creative work through self and peer review.
This module introduces you to the interpretation of literature and helps you to develop a capacity to enjoy, understand, and individually analyse the variant and complex meanings of literary texts. It develops skills for personal critical analysis of prose, poetry and drama, and the knowledge of what a textual reading of each of the different forms requires. The module examines one chosen sub-genre to explore how the format expands in relation to readers’ expectations and social anxieties, helping you to develop an understanding of how cultural contexts affect the interpretation of literature.
In this module, you will develop your understanding of the role of research and practice in English and connect this to professional contexts. You will create texts using particular techniques and critically appraise them for literary, creative and academic purposes. You will also develop your practical and collaborative research skills, reflect on this development in relation to professional plans, and prepare for independent work in your final year.
This module explores how human language is acquired and how this differs from communication by other species. It introduces a range of methods used to explore this question and key theoretical approaches. You will explore work on the stages involved in language acquisition, and on how language and language acquisition interact with other aspects of cognition, with other kinds of communicative and non-communicative behaviour, and with environmental factors.
This module helps you to understand the dynamic relationship between language and identities. You will explore how language shapes and is shaped by aspects of social identity, such as gender, sexuality, age, social class, culture, ethnicity, and institutional identities and roles. The module will enable you to research identities in spoken, written, and electronic texts, applying key notions from interactional and critical approaches to linguistics.
This module will help you to understand the particular demands, constraints and potentials of the short film form. It will help you to understand the significance of story structure, visual storytelling and characterisation in conveying meaning and affect and how screenplays are written on the page. You will conceive, research and develop a short screen story, write and rewrite a short dramatic script, taking account of and evaluating feedback, including peer group feedback, and evaluate the completed work critically and analytically, formatting your screenplay to industry standards.
In this module you will develop your fiction-writing skills in the context of the distinctive aesthetics of the short story, with group study of seminal texts in the history of the modern short story forming a context for workshopped exercises. You will explore such techniques of fiction as voice, setting and atmosphere, narrative tension, character and dialogue, as foregrounded by the short form, and will also learn about the distinctive publishing environment for short fiction.
This module explores the literary modes of realism, the anti-real and the fantastic in contemporary literature, to help you analyse what the different literary tropes and forms can encompass and critique. It considers how social criticism, philosophic exploration, representations of the literary real and fabulation of alternative others have excited writers’ imaginations. You will continue the development of your critical expertise through critical readings and comparative analysis of mimesis, surrealism and magical realism to develop an appreciation of their diverse impacts and confrontations.
In this module, you will further develop your research and creative skills and carry out an independent project. This may be an investigative project and report, a critical and/or theoretical discussion, or a creative project with reflection or critical commentary. A series of workshops will help you to develop a proposal and you will then work independently with advice from supervisors to develop and carry out your project.
This module explores issues around the teaching of varieties of English in first and second language contexts. You will consider pedagogical, practical and policy issues, explore theories of language teaching and learning, and develop aspects of your own teaching philosophy which you will put into practice in preparing lesson plans and delivering parts of lessons to other students.
This module helps you to develop an understanding of contemporary multimodal communication. Focusing on media texts, you will explore the relationships between verbal and nonverbal modes and between different genres and different media. You will explore the variety of social and cultural forms and contexts of textual production, interpretation and communication. You will develop skills in textual analysis focusing on the roles of language, structure, form and reader in communication and interpretation. You will also explore the concept of mediation and a number of theories of media communication.
In this module, you will develop your understanding of how close reading of nonfiction, including forms such as travel and history writing, biography and memoir, can help you to develop your own creative writing abilities within these genres. It explores the nature of the self, its presentation in text, and the depiction of other lives, helping you to adopt different narrative structures and styles in your own work. It explores the notion of place and voice in nonfiction writing and helps you to understand how research informs writing while developing an understanding of styles found within the various forms and your own practice.
This module explores the tropes and subjects of popular fiction, including such genres as romance, historical fiction, horror, crime, fantasy, and science fiction. It explores the contextualisation of new creative work within the market and traditions of popular genres, the development of sub genres, features of genre plots, the marketing of genres and the emergence of genre marketing code, the generation of "reading protocols" for genres, the emergence of reading "communities", as well as self-conscious "writer communities". You will develop understanding of characteristics and requirements of a range of genres to inform your own creative writing practice.
This module examines representations of identity in relation to gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, while exploring global literature written in English. It considers issues of identity, in relation ideas about gender and sexuality through literary gender theory. You will engage with a variety of literary texts, analysing representations of femininity, masculinity, and how gender impacts on other aspects of identity such as race and sexuality. It also considers the impact of globalisation on literature in English, examining how contemporary novels challenge binary categories of national states and identities and how they represent the transnational movement of characters experiencing hybridity and multi-rootedness.
This module helps you to develop your skills and practices at an appropriate professional level in the workplace, in industries relevant to the rest of your work on the programme. It enables you to locate and reflect on your academic learning in the day-to-day operation of industries and institutions and to prepare for carrying forward the outcomes of your studies into professional life.
Teaching in English modules is interactive and combines a number of forms. We often combine several types of activity in the same session. For example, an interactive workshop session might combine some lecture-like delivery with work in small groups, creative and practical tasks, and whole group discussion. Other forms of teaching include lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and online activities.
These are for all students taking a module. Lectures are a useful way to discuss key material or approaches, deal with issues, explore questions, concepts and theories, or introduce case study material such as videos, films and other creative works. In lectures, it is important to develop note-taking and listening skills. Alongside lectures in modules, you will have the opportunity to attend lectures with guest speakers from creative industries.
These are for small groups. They are structured, student-led sessions in which you might explore ideas in discussion, carry out practical tasks such as devising or analysing a text, or practice your research skills. In seminars, you can discuss and share ideas, and develop skills and materials in preparation for assessments. Key skills to use here include reading module materials, taking notes and participating in discussion. Actively participating and engaging in seminar discussion enhances your presentation skills, helps you to develop and present arguments and ideas, and helps you prepare materials for assessment tasks.
Workshops are interactive session with a focus on practical activities and skills, including: creative group tasks, peer commentary and feedback, analysis of texts and research work, demonstrations of software packages and media production tools. In workshops, you will develop skills in group work, including creating texts and ideas together, giving and receiving feedback, and developing your own work in the light of feedback from tutors and other students. You will also develop your ability to manage time, prepare in advance for specific workshops and to use guided independent study effectively.
This includes blog, vlog, forum, and wiki participation and helps you to develop skills in writing, communication skills, IT and online collaboration. These activities also help to develop your independent learning skills.
Here, you will receive structured, formal and informal feedback from your tutors on work in progress or on your ideas for a specific module assignment or project task.
A lot of your learning at university takes place outside classroom sessions. This encourages autonomous learning, providing you with the opportunity for critical self-reflection or space for self-directed reading or research. An example might be a research or practical project linked to a module's learning outcomes that you work on independently or with a small group supported by your tutor. This might then form the basis for a seminar presentation.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 , of which all 45 must be Merit or higher
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
This course prepares students for careers requiring professional communication and creative skills, including: