Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £13,400 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

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 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.

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.

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.

History 

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 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 as wide-ranging 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.

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. 

Course structure

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

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include: 

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

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include: 

  • Cinema as a Source for Historians
  • Civil War to Civil Rights: USA 1850-1970
  • Democracy and Dictatorship: The Making of the Modern World 1914-1990
  • Jack the Ripper
  • English Literature/History Tutorial
  • Making Memory: Culture History and Representation
  • Monsters
  • New Liberals to New Labour British Politics 1906-2010
  • History Internship
  • The Nineteenth Century
  • The Novel
  • Modern Ireland
  • The Past in the Present: London Museums
  • Travel Sickness: Narratives of Exploration and Disaster
  • Writing Revolutions

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Churchill
  • Divided Society: Britain in the 20th Century
  • The Women’s Movement in Twentieth-century Britain and Canada
  • International Organisations in an Age of Global Conflict and Change
  • Britain and Northern Ireland 1968-1998
  • Issues in Culture
  • English and History Dissertation
  • Britain and Germany since 1945
  • Satire and the City
  • Sex, Race and the Making of Modern Britain 1800-1912
  • Sexualities in Literature and Culture 
  • Special Topic
  • The Modernist World 
  • Tragedy: Ancient to Modern
  • Vichy France 1940-1944
  • Fiction after 1950

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A levels – BCC including English or at least one humanities-related subject
  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points including a minimum of 5 points in Higher Level English A or 6 points in Higher English B
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma - DMM in a creative subject
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma – DM with a humanities A Level Grade C or BC at A Level including a humanities subject plus Merit in a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
  • Access to HE Diploma - Humanities: 45 credits at Level 3, with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction

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

  • GCSEs – minimum grade 4 in English (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) 

If your first language is not English, you must have an IELTS of 6.0 overall with 6.0 in each element or equivalent.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points including a minimum of 5 points in Higher Level English A or 6 points in Higher English B

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Careers

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
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Studying History at Westminster

The Regent Campus experience

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: £13,400 (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.

Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites all situated on and around one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London. The School of Humanities is based at 309 Regent Street and includes recently refurbished social spaces and gym facilities. Westminster Law School resides at Little Titchfield Street. Alongside a full mock courtroom, hi-tech learning spaces and a pro-bono clinic, it also houses our state-of-the-art, 382-seat lecture theatre. For more details, visit our locations page.

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