• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Humanities
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

If you enjoy reading and writing, want to develop skills in independent and imaginative critical thinking and have a lively interest in culture and creativity, then English at Dundee is for you.

It has been said that English aims to help students 'develop the insight of an artist, the analytical precision of a scientist and the persuasiveness of a lawyer.' We agree.

We have been voted number 1 in Scotland, and number 4 nationally, for student satisfaction. We work hard to make students feel at home, and to support them so they can achieve their best.

Our English programmes mix tradition and innovation, giving you a solid grounding on your subject, as well as exploring the new and the cutting-edge. If you choose Dundee, you can study Shakespeare as well as Comics; Romantic Poetry as well as Digital Poetry; Hollywood Film as well as European Art Cinema; plus creative writing and these are just a few examples of the variety we offer.

We also have strong links with the creative communities around us. We collaborate with Dundee Rep, Scotland’s acclaimed theatre, and with Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre. DURA is our online magazine where you can try your hand at writing reviews, while JOOT is our very successful drama group. We also offer international exchanges in many parts of the world.

The University of Dundee is home to an annual Literary Festival which regularly attracts high profile writers to Dundee, there are also regular Literary Salons.

Comic Studies

Dundee has become a world leader in Comics Studies, providing innovative courses on comics and graphic novels and considering their relationship to literature and Film. Comics Studies is supported by the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies, the Cam Kennedy Comics Studio, and an annual Comics Conference.

Creative Writing

Creative writing at Dundee is a small, bespoke, highly creative and distinctive writing programme which has been praised by writers and teachers from across the UK and internationally. Our courses are designed to help you explore and extend your own possibilities as a writer and to engage in you in a varied and exciting range of literary activities.

Who should study English?

Do you enjoy reading stimulating and worthwhile books? Then come and study literature. English is both a challenging and engaging subject, which gives great opportunities to debate issues in stimulating ways.

English offers the opportunity to develop your own enthusiasms within a structured programme which will teach you to think about a range of personal, cultural and historical topics.

Erasmus Exchanges

English also offers Erasmus exchanges with three European Universities: Salzburg, Freiburg and Thessaloniki.

JOOT Theatre Company

The JOOT Theatre Company is a drama group run by Dr Jodi-Anne George which specialises in medieval and early modern theatre. The company is largely comprised of current English students and was invited to perform at the Sorbonne in Paris in 2008.

Departmental activities

The Department itself is home to an annual Literary Festival which regularly attracts high profile writers to Dundee. There are also Literary Salons, as well as a Comic Art Forum, featuring talks by comic artists and writers, and an annual Comics Conference. In addition, there is a lively undergraduate Literature and Film Society, and a student arts magazine, DURA, which welcomes contributions.

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

You have to obtain your qualifications at the first sitting of examination.

Courses starting 2016
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher including English at B AB at Advanced Higher including English, plus BB at Higher in different subjects
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) to include English Literature ABB including English Literature
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) AABB at Higher Level including English at B Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include English 34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5, to include English
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with grade B in the Graded Unit A relevant HND with grade BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher Distinction with AB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access Relevant subjects with ABB grades to include English Literature/Language at SCQF Level 6 and Communication 4 plus Literature 1 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B Grade A with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at BB Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 70% overall with 7 in English 75% overall with 7.5 in English
Other Qualifications
Notes

 EU and International qualifications



Courses starting 2017
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher including English at B AB at Advanced Higher including English, plus BB at Higher in different subjects
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) to include English Literature ABB including English Literature
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) AABB at Higher Level including English at B Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include English 34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5, to include English
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with grade B in the Graded Unit A relevant HND with grade BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher Pass with CC at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access Relevant subjects with ABB grades to include English Literature/Language at SCQF Level 6 and Communication 4 plus Literature 1 Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B Grade A with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at BB Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 70% overall with 7 in English 75% overall with 7.5 in English
Other Qualifications
Notes

 EU and International qualifications



English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

This course is taught by the English team based in Humanities.

How you will be taught

Our methods aim to be both lively and innovative. Consequently, English and Film Studies has received the highest ratings for Teaching Quality Assessment. We employ a wide range of methods, from lectures, seminars and film screenings to small-group teaching. 

The learning experience of Dundee's English and Film Studies students is greatly enhanced by the research expertise and passion each of our English lecturers bring to the classroom. Indeed, many staff members are leading figures in their fields who have led research projects, and who edit academic journals and organise major international conferences. This research focus ensures that the teaching is informed by the latest debates and a deep knowledge of the subject. At Levels 1 and 2 students will be immersed in the history and critical debates of the subject, and this will deepen at Level 3. At Level 4 students will undertake modules that draw more directly on staff research specialisms.

Dundee also has a long tradition in supporting creative writing; former creative writing fellows have included John Burnside, Don Paterson, Collette Bryce and Tracey Herd. English's chair in Creative Writing is the award-winning novelist, Kirsty Gunn.

We are very proud of the fact that our teaching scores very highly in national student surveys for student satisfaction and believe that this stems from the close attention we are able to give to each student, and the enthusiasm and expertise we bring to the classroom.

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How you will be assessed

Coursework can consist of essays, or oral introductions in seminars, or a course diary, or a quiz, or a number of other possibilities. The formal examinations are either two hours long, or three. Several of our courses make no use of a formal exam; no course is assessed by formal examination alone. The weightings given to examinations and coursework vary from course to course.

Level 1 entry

With highers, A-levels, Irish Leaving certificate, IB Diploma, HNC, etc

Level 1

6 courses from 2-4 subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 6 courses, from up to 6 subject areas.

Advanced entry (to level 2)

With advanced highers, A-levels, IB diploma, HND, etc

Level 2

6 courses from 2-4 subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 6 courses, from up to 6 subject areas.

Level 3

4 courses from 1 (single Honours) or 2 (joint Honours) subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 4 courses, from up to 4 subject areas.

Graduate

With MA Arts & Social Sciences (without Honours)

Level 4

4 courses from 1 (single Honours) or 2 (joint Honours) subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 4 courses, from up to 4 subject areas.

Graduate

With named MA [Honours] Degree

What you will study - MA English

Honours Degree

An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in three years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 below. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Typical Degree Programme

Visit the MA overview page for general information on our MA degree programme.

Level 1

Level 1 English modules give you a basic critical and theoretical understanding by analysing a wide range of examples of literature (or literature and film), from the earliest available texts to the present day.

For a degree in MA English, you study a total of 6 modules typically including the following core modules:

Introduction to Literary Study

Literature is a creative response to real events or imagined possibilities and explores our sense of self and identity. We tell stories to know ourselves and others, but how are these stories put together and what do they communicate? How is a novel constructed? How do you analyse a play?  How do you read a poem?

In this module you will be reading prose, drama and poetry from a wide historical span, from Mediaeval texts to contemporary ones, learning to investigate the nature and potential of the three major literary genres.  The module will also introduce you to some terms and concepts that will help you to develop your skills as a critic of literature.

Early Modern Literature, 1564 - 1740

This module surveys the development of English Literature from the Early Modern period to the middle of the Eighteenth century in relation to the ideas of the Enlightenment and the emergence of modern culture, with its concerns about identity, gender, religion, and power.  The module will explore Early Modern drama, including texts by William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, John Webster; metaphysical poetry including work by John Donne, Andrew Marvell, John Milton; and the rise of the novel form, including work by Daniel Defoe or Samuel Richardson.

Plus 4 other level 1 modules from other MA subject areas.

Level 2

Level 2 applies the knowledge gained at Level 1 to particular aspects of literary or film history, surveying texts from key genres and periods.

For a degree in MA English, you study a total of 6 modules, typically including the following core modules:

Romantic to Victorian Literature, 1789 - 1901

The texts studied in this module form an introduction to one of the most appealing, varied and accessible phases in the recent history of English Literature.  The work of the great Romantic poets is read along with a series of 19th century novels which link closely with the themes and moods of the poetry.  These novels bring out, in fact, the powerful strand of Gothic Romanticism which is the counterweight to the social realism of the Victorian novel.  At the same time, the module helps strengthen still further the reading skills the student has been developing.

Modernist to Contemporary Literature, 1901 - Present Day

This module surveys 20th and 21st century writing, paying particular attention to the way fiction, poetry and drama develops out of earlier traditions and tendencies and how they break from earlier movements.

It examines how the forces of modernity – industrialisation, urbanisation, technological changes, war, empire, migration challenges previous ways of structuring and making sense of the world through a range of 20th and 21st century texts.

Plus 4 other  level 2 modules from other MA subject areas.

Level 3

At Level 3, you begin your detailed study of specific genres, styles and themes and periods choosing from a wide range of options.

You study a total of 4 modules (2 modules for joint Honours). Modules currently on offer include:

Level 4

At Level 4, the modules on offer reflect the research specialisms of members of staff. The result is an extremely varied range of choices, often based on interdisciplinary topics using a wide range of approaches. These modules will continue your in-depth studies and you will also have the option to carry out a personal research project in the form of a dissertation.

You study a total of 4 modules (2 modules for joint Honours). Modules currently on offer include:

What you will study - MA English and Creative Writing

Honours Degree

An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in three years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 below. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Typical Degree Programme

Visit the MA overview page for general information on our MA degree programme.

Level 1

Level 1 modules give you a basic critical and theoretical understanding by analysing a wide range of examples of literature (or literature and film), from the earliest available texts to the present day.

You study a total of 6 modules, typically including:

Introduction to Literary Study

Literature is a creative response to real events or imagined possibilities and explores our sense of self and identity. We tell stories to know ourselves and others, but how are these stories put together and what do they communicate? How is a novel constructed? How do you analyse a play?  How do you read a poem?

In this module you will be reading prose, drama and poetry from a wide historical span, from Mediaeval texts to contemporary ones, learning to investigate the nature and potential of the three major literary genres.  The module will also introduce you to some terms and concepts that will help you to develop your skills as a critic of literature.

Early Modern Literature, 1564 - 1740

This module surveys the development of English Literature from the Early Modern period to the middle of the Eighteenth century in relation to the ideas of the Enlightenment and the emergence of modern culture, with its concerns about identity, gender, religion, and power.  The module will explore Early Modern drama, including texts by William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, John Webster; metaphysical poetry including work by John Donne, Andrew Marvell, John Milton; and the rise of the novel form, including work by Daniel Defoe or Samuel Richardson.

Plus 4 other level 1 modules from other MA subject areas.

Level 2

Level 2 applies the knowledge gained at Level 1 to particular aspects of literary or film history, surveying texts from key genres and periods.

You study a total of 6 modules, typically including:

Romantic to Victorian Literature, 1789 - 1901

The texts studied in this module form an introduction to one of the most appealing, varied and accessible phases in the recent history of English Literature.  The work of the great Romantic poets is read along with a series of 19th century novels which link closely with the themes and moods of the poetry.  These novels bring out, in fact, the powerful strand of Gothic Romanticism which is the counterweight to the social realism of the Victorian novel.  At the same time, the module helps strengthen still further the reading skills the student has been developing.

Introduction to Creative Writing Practice

Think of yourself as a writer? Either one who hasn't necessarily written anything much so far but who has something to say? Or one who has already put together some poems or pieces of prose but isn't sure how to take that work further? Or do you wish to improve the standard of your non-fiction work? Whatever kind of writing you are interested in producing, this introductory module, taught in intensive workshops will make you more aware of the quality of the work you produce, helping you improve and refine it and build up a portfolio of writing by the end of the semester that you can be proud of.

Modernist to Contemporary Literature, 1901 - Present Day

This module surveys 20th and 21st century writing, paying particular attention to the way fiction, poetry and drama develops out of earlier traditions and tendencies and how they break from earlier movements.

It examines how the forces of modernity – industrialisation, urbanisation, technological changes, war, empire, migration challenges previous ways of structuring and making sense of the world through a range of 20th and 21st century texts.

Plus 3 other level 2 modules from other MA subject areas.

Level 3

At Level 3, you begin your detailed study of specific genres, styles and themes and periods choosing from a wide range of options. You study a total of 4 modules, including 2 creative writing modules:

Other modules currently on offer include:

Level 4

At Level 4, the modules on offer reflect the research specialisms of members of staff. The result is an extremely varied range of choices, often based on interdisciplinary topics using a wide range of approaches. These modules will continue your in-depth studies and you will also have the option to carry out a personal research project in the form of a dissertation.

You study a total of 4 modules, including 1 creative writing module, Deciding on Writing - EN41004

Modules currently on offer include:

What you will study - MA Film / Film Studies (joint honours with another subject)

Honours Degree

An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree
It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in three years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 below. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Typical Degree Programme

Visit the MA overview page for general information on our MA degree programme. 

Level 1

For a joint honours degree in MA Film Studies with another subject, you normally study a total of 6 modules including the following core modules:

Reading the Screen: An Introduction to Film Studies

Reading the Screen provides an introduction to the study of film from a critical and technical perspective, exploring how films are put together, various different styles of filmmaking and a range of directors. The aim is to familiarise you with the vocabulary of film studies through an examination of topics such as directing, editing, mise-en-scène, costume, lighting, framing and composition, auteur theory, genre and representation. By understanding how films work we can perceive how the medium can inform, entertain, manipulate or enthral the viewer. 

Perspectives and Movements in Cinema

Plus 4 other level 1 modules from other MA subject areas.

Level 2

For a joint honours degree in MA Film Studies with another subject, you normally study a total of 6 modules including the following core modules:

Classic Hollywood Cinema

Cinema is not just about Hollywood. There is a huge variety of film-making practice and film culture in the world, and in some cases film-makers have joined together to form what might be termed “movements”, such as Italian Neo-realism in the mid 1940s or the celebrated French New Wave of the 1960s. Other film-makers have been united by a shared cultural perspectives or historical circumstances, such as British Cinema of the 1940s and Japanese Cinema of the 1950s. This module explores the key debates surrounding the development of these perspectives and movements. You will learn to recognise and distinguish between the styles that inform different cinematic approaches and will experience some of the most powerful and influential films ever made.


Film Noir: The Dark Side of the Street

The phrase “Film Noir” conjures up images of moody crime thrillers shrouded in shadow, with gun-toting femme fatales, vicious hoodlums and hapless private detectives, but as this module shows, Noir is much more complicated than that, representing a counter tradition within Hollywood and reflecting the cultural climate of repression and paranoia engendered by wartime and cold war policies. This module will analyse the distinct visual style and aesthetics of Film Noirs of the classic period (1941-1958), and Neo-Noirs in the decades that followed. Of central importance will be the influence of émigré filmmakers, who brought with them the influence of German Expressionism and French Poetic Realism when fleeing Nazi tyranny.

Plus 4 other  level 2 modules from other MA subject areas.

Level 3

You study a total of 4 modules normally including the following Film Studies modules:

Plus 2 other modules from your other Joint Honours subject area

Level 4

You study a total of 4 modules including 2 of the following Film Studies modules:

Plus 2 other modules from your other Joint Honours subject area.

English is an adaptable subject, opening a flexible range of career options. Employers are often drawn to English graduates as they possess good written and spoken communication skills and a broad understanding of the world. They have also received rigorous training in working independently and thinking critically. Indeed, statistics show that students of English are often better at securing 'graduate-level' posts than comparable humanities graduates.

The joint degrees with Film Studies or Creative Writing add another dimension to this. A wide-ranging knowledge of the arts, literature, and popular culture, produces wellrounded individuals with a broad frame of reference, which is valued by employers, and creative writing skills are extremely marketable.

Teaching is a regular occupational choice of our graduates but by no means their only available career path! Many enter publishing, journalism, library and information science, general management, consultancy, the civil service, as well as research and, increasingly, creative industries, especially the media. In fact, our graduates find themselves prepared for a wide variety of occupations.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.
Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017.
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.



  Degree UCAS Code KIS Data
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