Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This is an exciting, interdisciplinary degree at the heart of the humanities. It allows you to explore a wealth of literary texts while thinking deeply about the circumstances of their production and reception, and to learn about a range of events, themes and ideas in history and consider the literary and cultural responses to them.

You'll 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'll also develop substantial knowledge and understanding of the modern history of London, Britain and the world.

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.

English Literature 

You'll 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'll 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 range of option modules is offered. Through these studies, you'll 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.

History 

You'll have access to a variety of interesting modules, many of them unique to our University. Our focus is explicitly modern, but within a very broad geographical sweep, including core modules in modern world history. We offer options on the fascinating history of London in peace and at war, along with an extensive range of other modules on topics such as France in the Second World War, the US civil rights movement, the history of international organisations, Irish history and the history of feminism. You can also take a credit-bearing internship in a museum, library or archive in London.

Top reasons to study with us

  • London is your classroom – our modules include visits to museums, galleries and archives, and guided field visits to sites of specific literary or historical interest
  • Try out your learning in the workplace – we have dedicated modules that allow students to undertake internship placements in a range of occupations for credit towards your degree
  • Excellent teaching staff – benefit from our experienced and renowned teaching staff

Course structure

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. 

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 will complete the English Literature and History dissertation which allows you to refine and showcase, via a topic of your choosing, the skills developed over the course of your degree.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include: 

  • Blood and Iron. The Making of the Modern World Part One: 1750-1914
  • English Literature and History Tutorial 1
  • History Matters
  • Keywords for Literary Studies
  • Poetry and Politics
  • Rule Britannia. Researching Britain and the Empire 1750-1914
  • Shakespeare and Performance
  • Swinging London: Revolution and Legacy
  • The Blitz: Image Impact Legacy 1940-1951
  • What Is Literature? Genre Form History

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include: 

  • Civil War to Civil Rights: Race Society and Politics in the USA 1850- 1970
  • Democracy and Dictatorship. The Making of the Modern World Part Two: 1914-1990
  • English Literature/History Tutorial
  • Fenians to Free State: The Making of Modern Ireland 1868-1923
  • Jack the Ripper: Myth Reality Culture and Popular History
  • Monsters
  • New Liberals to New Labour: British Politics 1906- 2010
  • The Cinema as a Source for Historians
  • The Nineteenth Century
  • The Novel
  • Travel Sickness: Narratives of Exploration and Disaster
  • Writing Revolutions

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Archives and Museums Internship
  • Divided Society: a Social History of Britain in the Twentieth Century
  • “Don’t Mention the War!” Britain and Germany since 1945
  • English and History Dissertation
  • Issues in Theory
  • New World Order: International Organisations in An Age Of Global Conflict And Change
  • Satire and the City
  • Sex, Race and the Making of Modern Britain, 1900-1912
  • Sexualities in Literature and Culture
  • Special Topic
  • The Modernist World
  • The Troubles: Britain and Northern Ireland 1968- 1998
  • Tragedy: Ancient to Modern
  • Transatlantic Feminisms: the Women’s Movement in Twentieth-century Britain and Canada
  • Vichy: War Occupation and the Holocaust in France 1940-44
  • What is the Contemporary? The Novel in Time After 1945

Credit Level 6

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

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Gain valuable experience

We have dedicated modules that allow students to undertake internship placements in a range of occupations for credit towards your degree.

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CV and interview skills

Our Careers and Employability Service provides guidance in writing CVs and drafting job applications, preparing for interviews and psychometric tests, giving you a headstart in your graduate career.

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Career development

This course provides students with a valuable and wide-ranging skillset, allowing you to find employment in a number of different industries.

While many of our graduates find employment in broadcasting, journalism, teaching or publishing, this course will equip you with the critical thinking and communication skills necessary to succeed in the career of your choosing.

We also offer dedicated modules that allow students to undertake internship placements in a range of occupations for credit towards your degree, giving you experience in the working world before you graduate.

Job roles

This course prepares graduates for roles including:

  • Business analyst
  • Civil servant
  • Digital marketing and communications officer
  • Legal caseworker
  • Researcher
  • Teacher

Graduate employers

Previous graduates have found positions in organisations and sectors including:

  • The British Library
  • Imperial War Museum
  • The National Trust
  • Premier CX
  • The Science Museum
  • Secondary schools
  • Wire

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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Why study this course?

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A city of history and literature

Discover London's 2,000 years of history and literature - our modules include visits to museums, galleries and archives, and guided field visits to sites of specific literary or historical interest.

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Gain experience while you study

Take part in an internship in a museum, archive or other relevant organisation as part of your degree.

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A holistic approach

By combining the study of literary texts with the study of history, you'll develop a greater understanding of the sociopolitical circumstances that influence literature.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BCC to ABB (to include an English or Humanities subject)
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points including 5 higher level English A/ 6 HL English B or a Humanities subject. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM Humanities or Creative subject
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D* + A Level in a Humanities subject
  • Access – 104 to 128  UCAS Tariff points from the Access course in a Humanities subject

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

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  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points including 5 higher level English A/ 6 HL English B or a Humanities subject

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

You should budget between £50–£100 for additional materials at Level 4, £50–£100 at Level 5 and £50–£100 at Level 6.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

You should budget between £50–£100 for additional materials at Level 4, £50–£100 at Level 5 and £50–£100 at Level 6.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Studying at Regent Campus

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites, situated on and around one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London.

Our Humanities subjects are based at 309 Regent Street, which includes recently refurbished social spaces, gym facilities and our Regent Street Cinema.

For more details, visit our locations page.

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