English Literature and History BA Honours

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UCAS code: QV31 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time

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Start: 17 September 2016
Duration: 3 years
Location: Central London
Campus: Regent

All prices quoted are for the academic year 2016/17 only.

Home/EU: £9,000.00
Overseas: £12,250.00

Course overview

This course allows you to combine the study of literary texts with the study of history. It enables you to gain a command of the social and political circumstances in which the writing of literature has taken place, as well as of the texts themselves.

You will be able to develop your knowledge and understanding of the key periods, themes, styles and techniques in literary studies, and be able to use that learning in critical form. You will also develop a substantial body of knowledge and understanding of the modern history of London, Britain and Europe, including in the global context.

The course will give you the skills and knowledge to enter careers with a significant element of research, such as in broadcasting, journalism, teaching or publishing. It will also equip you with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Course content 

Depending on whether the course is taken as a joint Honours or a major/ minor combination, the balance of the two subject areas varies. In Year 3 you can complete a dissertation in English literature or history.

English Literature 

You will be able to study literature from a wide range of periods and genres from Shakespeare to the present day, including non-fiction texts as well as novels, poetry and drama. In the first year you will develop your skills, knowledge and confidence in literary studies in the context of our small group tutorial system. In the second and third years a wide range of option modules are offered; through these studies you will develop a deep understanding of literature and its place in British culture, and be able to relate the study of English literature to the broader context of Western history and thought.


You will have access to a wide variety of interesting modules, many of them unique to Westminster. Our focus is explicitly modern, but within a very broad geographical sweep. There are core modules in modern British and European history and we provide advanced research training to prepare you for your dissertation. We offer options on the fascinating history of London in peace and at war, along with an extensive range of other modules. You can also take a credit-bearing internship in a museum, library or archive in London.

The main modes of teaching are seminars, workshops, lectures and field trips, but much of your learning is independent, conducted beyond the classroom (individually and in groups) in the library, at home, and via online learning. Assessment methods include essays, critical analyses, exams, presentations, journals, portfolios and your dissertation. 

Subjects of study

Year 1 (Credit Level 4) 

Subjects of study include: 

  • Blood and Iron
  • Conflict and Commemoration
  • Cosmopolis: London Since 1960
  • Key Words
  • Lit/Hist Tutorial
  • Imperial Capital World City
  • Poetry
  • Shakespeare and Performance
  • The Blitz
  • Metropolis: London and Modernity
  • What is Literature?

Year 2 (Credit Level 5) 

Subjects of study include: 

  • Civil War to Civil Rights: USA 1850-1970
  • Democracy and Dictatorship
  • Jack the Ripper
  • Lit/Hist Tutorial
  • Making Memory
  • Monsters
  • New Liberals to New Labour
  • History Internship
  • The Nineteenth Century
  • The Novel
  • Modern Ireland
  • The Past in the Present: London Museums
  • Travel Sickness
  • Writing Revolutions

Year 3 (Credit Level 6) 

Subjects of study include:

  • Anglo-French Relations since 1914
  • Churchill
  • Cinema as a Source for Historians
  • Suez and British Decolonization
  • Divided Society: Britain in the 20th Century
  • The Women’s Movement
  • History Dissertation
  • International Organisations
  • The Troubles
  • Issues in Theory
  • Lit/Hist Dissertation
  • Britain and Germany since 1945
  • Modernism
  • Satire, Morality and the City
  • Special Topic
  • Tragedy
  • Vichy France 1940-1944
  • What is the Contemporary?

This list is indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

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