Reasons to study English Literature BA (Hons) degree at DMU:
- Dynamic and diverse curriculum
Read poetry, fiction and drama from different centuries and different continents to gain a comprehensive understanding of English literature with the flexibility to specialise in your areas of interest
- 100% of our English
graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
- Study text and film
Choose options drawing on expertise from DMU’s Centre for Adaptation Studies, an area of study that incorporates English and Film Studies and is available in all three years for BA (Hons) English students at DMU
- Study creative writing and English language
Choose options which allow you to study creative writing or English language modules during all three years of your degree.
- Explore print and digital humanities
Learn to use a hand printing press or gain practical training in HTML with options exploring the production of literary texts in manuscript, print and digital forms from DMU’s Centre for Textual Studies
- Gain workplace skills and experience
Put your research, reasoning and communication skills into practice with an English-related placement module or extra-curricular internship during your degree
- International opportunity
Through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience
English Litererature at DMU introduces you to an exciting range of literature in English, including writing from Britain, America and around the globe. You will learn how texts work and debate literature’s role in society now and through history, while acquiring the skills to articulate your ideas with confidence and write with fluency and flair.
You will receive excellent teaching from internationally-renowned academics who are friendly, supportive and passionate about literature, with the opportunity to attend talks by visiting writers such as Carol Ann Duffy and Benjamin Zephaniah.
Study English Literature at DMU and join a lively and welcoming academic community. Get involved in the student-led English society, go on theatre trips in the UK or travel abroad with #DMUglobal as part of your course. Our graduates go into a wide range of professions including media, marketing, publishing, teaching, public relations and the civil service.
Structure and assessment
- Introduction to the Novel
- Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare
- Introduction to English and Adaptation
- Exploring Creative Writing
- Evolving Language: An Introduction to Histories of Language
- Exploration and Innovation: 14th Century to 18th Century Literature
- Romantic and Victorian Literature
- 20th and 21st Century Literature
- Ways of Reading
- Screen and Literary Adaptations of the Classics
- Text Technologies
- Writing Place
- English Language in UK Schools
- Introducing English to Speakers of Other Languages
- English in the Workplace
- Modernism and Modernity
- Radical and Contemporary Adaptations
- Contemporary Irish Writing
- The British Working Class in Literature, Film and Television
- 19th-Century American Literature
- Textual Studies Using Computers
- Unruly Women, Degenerate Men
- Professional Writing Skills
- Communication and Control
- Shakespeare and Marlowe
- Biofiction: Writers’ Afterlives
- Writing Adaptations: Theory and Practice
- Powerful Language: Introduction to Rhetoric
Facilities and features
Clephan Building is home to DMU’s humanities subjects, and is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens.
Currently Clephan houses some key Arts, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Arts, Design and Humanities Placement Team and the Faculty’s Advice Centre, where you can access information about timetabling, specialist support queries. and any other questions you may have about your course.
The building also features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, Centre for Textual Studies, Centre for Adaptations, and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
Work placements are offered as part of this course and are a great way to boost your skills and experience while studying. Placements improve your chances of gaining a graduate-level job and can often lead to an offer of employment after graduation.
You will have the option to go on a sandwich placement between your second and third years of study and/or to do a short-term placement during your third year through the English in the Workplace module. Previous students taking this module have worked as mentors for local school pupils to help improve their reading age, written magazine features at a publishing firm, carried out research for a PR company and worked in the offices of a regional newspaper at the Leicester Mercury. We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you to identify a placement to suit you.
Third-year Creative Writing and English BA (Hons) student Tori Cotton has been offered a full-time permanent job at Pro-Publishing Media and Events, a publishing business in Earls Colne, Essex. Tori had ambitions for working in publishing after graduation and she organised her placement for the module English in the Workplace at the company. They were so impressed with her enthusiasm and ability during that placement that they offered her a position to start immediately after graduation.
#DMUglobal aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers. The English team has so far offered opportunities to study in Tokyo, Japan and Vancouver Island in Canada.
‘My stay in Tokyo provided me with an extremely exciting and eye-opening experience into Japanese culture and language. I have gained more self-esteem and have the confidence and aspiration to work abroad again…’ (Lauren Marston, 2015)
You will have the opportunity, as part of your degree, to study abroad in Europe or the USA.
The Faculty currently offers English Literature students opportunities to study at the following European universities: the European University of Cyprus, Faith University, Istanbul (Turkey), Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic), Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf (Germany), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and the University of Oulu (Finland).
English Literature graduates are eminently employable because of their highly developed communication and reasoning skills and their ability to work independently and as part of a group. The latest statistics show that 95 per cent of recent graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation.
Our graduates go into a wide range of careers including archival work, the media, the civil service, marketing, journalism, the arts, library services, banking, charity work, teaching English as a foreign language, publishing, public relations, primary and secondary teaching, and postgraduate study.