Guide

English module guide

Updated on 12 April 2021

Find out the rules and regulations for English, Creative Writing, and Film Studies MA degrees

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This guide explains the rules around which and how many modules you need to take to complete your degree. Once you are familiar with the rules you can choose your additional modules from the full list of MA modules.

MA degree module catalogue

Availability of some modules may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as staff changes or low uptake of a module by students (below the required minimum threshold of student participants).

All modules are reviewed regularly with respect to capacity and delivery. This review may lead to a change in the core and/or optional modules offered on a particular course. Module content is reviewed and may be adjusted as part of this process. In some cases adjustments to content may be significant. Modules may be rescinded permanently or withdrawn on a temporary basis at any time.

Any information regarding the modules offered and their content is therefore subject to change and provided as guidance only to assist you with your choice of course. Reading lists are also provided for information purposes only and do not constitute a final or definitive list.

Modules at Level 1

Rules for Level 1

  • You need to take modules that total 120 credits
  • You should normally take THREE 20 credit modules in each semester
  • You can make module changes within the first two weeks of each semester

There are no compulsory modules at Level 1, however the following modules are recommended

Single honours, joint honours, or named MA degree

Joint honours with Creative Writing

Joint honours with Film Studies

Single honours plus one Language or joint honours plus one Language

As above, plus the relevant pair of modules for your Language (2 modules in total)

 

Modules at Level 2

Rules for Level 2

  • You need to take modules that total 120 credits
  • You should normally take THREE 20 credit modules in each semester
  • At least 80 credits (four modules) must be at Level 2
  • You can make module changes within the first two weeks of each semester

We recommend you take the full 120 credits at Level 2 but the degree regulations allow you to take up to two modules at Level 1 whilst in your second year.

  • By the end of the academic year you are expected to have achieved 240 credits in total, including 80 credits at Level 2.

There are no compulsory modules at Level 2, however the following modules are recommended

Single honours, joint honours, or named MA degree

Joint honours with Film Studies

Joint honours with Creative Writing

Single honours plus one Language or joint honours plus one Language

As above, plus the relevant pair of modules for your Language (2 modules in total)

 

Modules at Levels 3 and 4

Modules are now worth 30 credits

Rules for Level 3

  • You need to take modules that total 120 credits
  • You should normally take TWO 30 credit modules in each semester
  • Language modules are year-long and worth 30 credits. If you should a language module you need to take THREE other 30 credit modules 
  • Availability of some non-compulsory module combinations may be subject to timetable restrictions
  • You can make module changes within the first two weeks of each semester

By the end of the academic year you are expected to have achieved 360 credits in total, including 120 credits at Level 3 and 80 credits at Level 2.

Rules for Level 4

Rules for Level 4 are the same as Level 3 plus:

  • History Level 4 Special Subject modules are year-long and worth 60 credits. If you take one of these modules you need to take TWO other 30 credit modules 
  • You can take ONE Level 3 module in fourth year, however this is subject to availability

By the end of the academic year you are expected to have achieved 480 credits in total, including 240 credits at Levels 3 & 4 and 80 credits at Level 2.

  • Your honours degree classification will be based on all modules that comprise the 240 credits at Level 3 and Level 4.

Creative only modules

Although you are free to take them, these five modules do not count as English modules for the purposes of the Degree Regulations.

Single honours or named MA

Three Level 3 modules in English (four are recommended), other than the creative only modules.

Single Honours students need to take at least one Pre-1900 paper over years 3 and 4

Joint Honours

At least three English modules at Level 3 and 4, other than the creative only modules, and including at least one English module at Level 3 and one English module at Level 4.

Single honours plus one Language or joint honours plus one Language

Three English modules at Level 3 and 4, other than the creative only modules, and including at least one English module at Level 3 and one English module at Level 4.

As above, plus the relevant pair of modules for your Language (2 modules in total)

 

Creative Writing joint honours with English

At least THREE of the below Creative Writing modules, and at least THREE other named English modules at Levels 3 and 4. You may, if you wish, choose one Film Studies module.

Creative Writing joint honours with History or Geography

FOUR modules in third year plus FOUR modules in fourth year over both subject areas.

This can be split

  • equally between both subject areas (4:4) or
  • five modules in one subject area and three modules in the other subject area (5:3)

so long as the core progression requirements for Joint Honours are satisfied.

 

Film Studies joint honours with English

At least THREE English modules (four recommended) at Level 3 and 4, other than creative only modules and at least THREE film modules (four recommended) at Level 3 and 4 from the following: 

and EN41011 - Dissertation, if a film dissertation topic is chosen.

Film Studies joint honours with History or Philosophy

FOUR modules in third year plus FOUR modules in fourth year over both subject areas.

This can be split

  • equally between both subject areas (4:4) or
  • five modules in one subject area and three modules in the other subject area (5:3)

so long as the core progression requirements for Joint Honours are satisfied.