English and American Literature: University of Birmingham

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English and American Literature: University of Birmingham, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, United Kingdom
3 years
+44 (0)121 414 3344


This exciting, transatlantic literary programme allows you to gain a broad knowledge of English and American Literature, with increasing specialisation year-on-year, whilst also enabling you to develop a broad range of interests and transferable skills.

At the core of the programme is the study of English and American literature, branching out into historical, cultural and film studies. Each element combines to give you an understanding and appreciation of the wide variety of literature and other media and how it interacts with its cultural contexts.

First year

The first year is centred upon the following three modules:

  • American Literature to 1890
  • The Literature Foundation course
  • An Independent Study module (including study support skills)

In addition, you will study one module of your own choice.

Second year

The second year has at its core two modules:

  • Twentieth Century American Literature and Culture
  • Literature and Change – 1780 to the Present

In addition to these core modules there is an opportunity to choose from a range of other options.

Third year

In the final year you select your programme of study from a range of more specialised options, and will also undertake a dissertation and research project (supported by individual supervision). This allows you more autonomy over your focus of study. Options include Contemporary American Literature and Shakespeare.

Career opportunities

As well as teaching and research, this programme equips you for work in a wide range of sectors, including government, the Civil Service, the media, law, accountancy, advertising, human resources and retail management.

Entry requirements

  • Number of A levels required: 3
  • Typical offer: AAB
  • Required subjects: English A level
  • General Studies: accepted
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: 34 points

Other qualifications are considered – see the entry requirements section for full details

Related links

  • Department of English website: http://www.english.bham.ac.uk
  • Department of American and Canadian Studies website: http://www.uscanada.bham.ac.uk

Contact details

  • Admissions Tutor: Professor R J Ellis
  • Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5740
  • Email:

For general information about open days

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  • Website: http://www.undergraduate.bham.ac.uk/visitsopendays/



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