Minor in English Literature

UCAS code: Your UCAS code will be the code of your Major.

Available for students starting in September 2018 or September 2019.

If you choose a Minor in English Literature, you will acquire a wide range of important analytical and critical skills, which will support your studies throughout your degree and beyond. You will be able to select from a series of modules covering the full range of English literary history, from the Renaissance up to the present day, giving you a taste of key developments and movements in the field of literature.

Year 1

Your first year will focus on equipping you with the fundamental techniques that will allow you to discuss literature and language critically. You will study two modules addressing different aspects of English. The first will introduce you to a broad range of literary forms and techniques, allowing you to develop your ability and confidence as a close reader. The second will invite you to look at the English language in new ways, tracing its development over time, and considering its vital role in the construction of human identity.


Year 2

In your second year you will study an exciting range of texts in their historical context. These include some of the most influential and widely read texts in the history of English, from Milton’s 'Paradise Lost' to Pepys’s diary and Swift’s 'Gulliver’s Travels'. You will explore the literature and culture of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, from the violence of Renaissance drama to the bawdiness of Restoration comedy and the experimental novels of the early eighteenth century.


Year 3

In your final year you have the option to choose between different period modules, each offering different insights into the development of literature from the eighteenth century to the present day. You might choose to explore the poetry of Coleridge or Keats, or the revolutionary writing of early feminist Mary Wollstonecraft in the Romantics module, or to immerse yourself in Victorian Literature with the novels of Dickens or the work of the Rossettis. Modern Literature allows you to analyse the experimental writing of the early twentieth century including the novels of Woolf, Joyce and Eliot, while Post-war to Postmodern features challenging work by contemporary authors such as Angela Carter and Salman Rushdie.


Core module

Option module

Choose one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Entry requirements

No specific entry requirements


You will be assessed through exams, essays, presentations, portfolios and independent research projects.

Now choose your Major

On a Major/Minor degree you study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (in this case English Literature).


Please note that you cannot study a Minor in English Literature with a Major in English Literature.

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