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Teaching is enriched by Sunderland's research, some of which has been classed as 'world-leading' by the latest Research Assessment Exercise. The English team is recognised as one of the top research teams in the University.
The core modules cover the principles of studying and writing about literature. They also help you acquire valuable skills in communication and analytical thinking. We encourage you to become culturally empowered and highly articulate.
There is also a range of optional modules that allow you to develop a love of literature alongside like-minded students and within a creative and supportive environment. The options include 'Writing and Reading Narrative Fiction', 'The Novel: from Realism to Modernism' and 'Contemporary Irish Poetry'.
In the final year you will be able to choose from a range of cutting-edge specialist options based on the research interests of the English staff. You will also develop your research skills through writing a 6,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice.
A degree in English has long been a way of opening doors to most graduate career schemes. It is also very well-recognised and well-regarded among employers.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline 15th January/October Tuition fee
- GBP 7800 Year (EEA)
- GBP 9500 Year (International)
Course ContentModules on this course include:
Year 1 (national level 4)
- Studying and Writing about Literature 1 (20 Credits)
- Studying and Writing about Literature 2 (20 Credits)
- Writing and Reading Narrative Fiction (20 Credits)
- Lyric Poetry and Narrative Poetry (20 Credits)
- Introduction to American Literature (20 Credits)
- Introduction to Creative Writing (20 Credits)
- Introduction to Drama (20 Credits)
Year 2 (national level 5)
- Literature: History, Theory and Criticism (20 Credits)
- Critical Approaches (20 Credits)
- Renaissance Literature (20 Credits)
- 18thCentury Literature (20 Credits)
- Romanticism (20 Credits)
- Victorian Literature (20 Credits)
- 20thCentury American Writing (20 Credits)
Final Year (national level 6)
- Dissertation of 6,000 words on a topic of your choice (20 Credits)
- Shakespeare (20 Credits)
- Late Medieval Literature (20 Credits)
- Contemporary British Fictions (20 Credits)
- Storytelling in Post-War American Fiction (20 Credits)
- World Englishes in Fiction (20 Credits)
- Representations of Totalitarianism and the Holocaust (20 Credits)
- The Novel: from Realism to Modernism (20 Credits)
- Contemporary Irish Poetry (20 Credits)
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 60(Grade C)
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test. More About IELTS
Our typical offer will be in the region of 260 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x AVCE double award).
We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.
Other acceptable qualifications
BTEC National: 260 points from a BTEC Certificate or Diploma.
Access Courses: We would require successful completion of an Access to Higher Education course that is accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency. We would also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or the equivalent as part of your course.
Scottish Highers: Our typical offer is for 260 points.
Irish Leaving Certificate: Our typical offer is for 260 points.
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Access Bursary
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
- Alumni Bursary
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Sunderland.
Scholarships on offer include cash bursaries, reduced tuition fees, free accommodation and free public transport.