What Will You Study
Studying History alongside English Literature at Lancaster gives you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of both subjects in an outstanding academic environment. Our diverse research interests allow us to offer you an unusually wide selection of historical topics and approaches to the study of History and Literature.
You’ll enjoy frequent opportunities for stimulating discussion with your tutors and fellow students as well as plenty of scope to specialise in areas of Literature and History that particularly interest you.
Your degree begins with courses including From Medieval to Modern: History and Historians, and English Literature. In your second year, you’ll study subjects such as The Theory and Practice of Criticism while your final-year modules include Contemporary Fiction and Shakespeare, and Utopia, Colonialism and the New World. You’ll also have the chance to undertake in-depth study of topics of your own choosing, either by doing a dissertation in place of an exam, or by undertaking a History ‘special subject’ course.
- English Language and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Language and Literature : BA Hons
- English Literature : BA Hons
- English Literature and Linguistics : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- English Literature with Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Literature, Creative Writing and Practice : BA Hons
- Film and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Film and English Literature : BA Hons
- Film and English Literature (Placement Year) : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- French Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- French Studies and History : BA Hons
- German Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- German Studies and History : BA Hons
- History : BA Hons
- History and International Relations : BA Hons
- History and Philosophy : BA Hons
- History and Politics : BA Hons
- History and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- History, Philosophy and Politics : BA Hons
- Medieval and Renaissance Studies : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and History : BA Hons
- Theatre and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Theatre and English Literature : BA Hons
- Theatre and English Literature (Placement Year) : BA Hons
Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Brave New Worlds? Modernisms and Modernities
- From Great War to Total War?
- Reform, Rebellion and Reason: Britain, 1500-1800
- The Fall of Rome
- World Literature
- A History of Paris, c. 1730 to the Present
- After Vietnam: Remembering, Representing and Refighting the 'Bad War'
- American Literature to 1900
- Athens, Sparta and Alexander the Great, 403-31 BC
- Between Two Worlds: Russian History 1825-1914
- British Romanticism
- Gandhi and the End of Empire in India, 1885-1948
- Literature, Film, and Media
- Nature and culture 1500-1700: Themes from the Renaissance
- Partisans and Collaborators: World War II in Occupied Europe
- Renaissance to Restoration, English Literature, 1580-1688
- Restless Nation: Germany in the 20th Century
- Spain 1560-1700: Inquisition, Armada and Empire
- The English Civil War (1640-1660)
- The History of the United States, 1789-1865
- The Victorians and Before: Britain, 1783-1901
- Victorian Literature
- 'The Shock of the New': Modernity and the Modernisms of American Culture, 1877-1919
- 21st Century Theory: Literature, Culture, Criticism
- Advertising and Consumerism in Britain, 1853-1960
- African Literature
- Between the Acts
- Bible and Literature
- British and American Crime Stories 1840-2000
- Contemporary Fiction and Critical Theory
- Contemporary Literature in English
- Contemporary Middle Eastern Literatures
- Culture, Heritage and Creative Industries: Work Placement
- Dissertation Unit
- Early Modern Outlaws: On Land and Sea
- Elizabethan Embodiment
- England and Englishness
- Gender Identities in the People's War: Experiences, Representations and Memories
- Literary Film Adaptations, Hollywood 1939
- Literature and Religion at the Fin de Siecle
- Literature and the Visual Arts
- Modernism towards Postmodernism
- Monstrous Bodies: Romantic Period Poetry and Prose
- Other Victorians
- Performing Death, Desire and Gender
- Premodern Gothic
- Public and Private Performances of Self in Medieval Literature and Drama
- Representing Palestine: Creative Constructions of a Nation
- Ruskin on Art, Architecture and Society
- Schools Volunteering Project
- Science Fiction in Literature and Film
- Seeing Triple: Expansive American Fiction
- Stalinism: From its Origins to its Shadows
- The Break-Through Book: Five Twentieth-century Poets
- The Byron-Shelley Circle
- The Impostor Novel: Impersonators and Charlatans in Modern Fiction
- The Literature of Sleep
- The Postcolonial Indian Novel in English
- Thinking Through Twenty-First Century World Literature and Theory
- Twenty-First Century Fiction
- Utopias and Utopianism
- Victorian Autobiography
- Victorian Gothic
- Victorian Popular Fiction
- Where Do Poems Come From? Process, Manuscripts, Text
- Women and Poetry in America,1960 to the present
- Women Writers of Britain and America
- Writing in Lancaster Castle
- Writing the Lancashire Witches
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
A Level AAB
Required Subjects A level English Literature or A level English Language and Literature grade A
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in a HL Literature subject
BTEC Considered alongside A level English Literature or A level English Language and Literature grade A
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with 36 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 9 Level 3 credits at Merit
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Your degree will help you develop confident analytical and research skills; the ability to form sound judgements based on statistical research, and the capacity to analyse issues, people and events. Such transferable skills will stand you in good stead for your chosen career.
Many of our graduates go on to careers traditionally associated with English and creative writing, such as publishing and the media, teaching and librarianship. Others find roles in business, administration and professional services, where their skills of self-expression and critical understanding of complex information are equally valued.
A number of our English Literature and History graduates regularly go on to take higher degrees, at Lancaster or another institution.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments designed to best support the requirements of your chosen degree programme. These may include lecture and tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory sessions, other practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, short and sharply focused critical reports, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Multiple choice formats are also employed where appropriate. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue. In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2018-19 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2017-18 were:
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Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Optional field trips may be offered on this course for which students will be required to pay their travel costs
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.