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English - BA (Joint Honours) Degree

T​​he study of English at Cardiff Met forms part of the ​BA Humanities Joint Honours programme​ within​​ the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy.​

The subject will engage with your enthusiasm for reading and literature and introduce you to advanced critical thinking in the form of theoretical practice. You will analyse a wide range of texts (including film and digital narratives) to explore the cutting edge of English as well as its canonical texts.​ 

A mixture of thematic and chronological modules ensures a good grounding in genre, context and period. You will challenge assumptions about the production of narratives and their relationship to questions of authority and identity. The degree has a strong contemporary focus and provides highly valued employability skills.

Modules are taught by a research active team (including Dr Carmen CasaliggiDr Elizabeth English, and Dr Nick Taylor-Collins) who have research interests in Romanticism, Modernist and Contemporary Literature, with specialisms in Irish literature, women's writing, and the work of John Ruskin. 

You can combine English with the following subjects and graduate with the following named degree:​

Course Content

Year One:​​

Reading Literature: a survey of English literature from Chaucer to the present day 

Critical Approaches: ​an introduction to literary theory and its application in literary study

Shakespeare and His Contemporaries: an exploration of Shakespeare's drama alongside those with whom he worked, and with whom he was in competition

Year Two: 

Romantic and Victorian Literature: an exploration of key writers and texts from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

Make it New! Modernist Literature and Culture: an exploration of revolutionary writing and culture from the first half of the twentieth century

Imaginary Worlds and Possible Futures: an exploration of literature that creates and studies new worlds

Year Three: 

Hyper-Contemporary Literature and the Book Prize: an examination of brand new-writing and prize-winning literature

Narratives of Place and Belonging: an exploration of the relationship between identity and place in a range of literacy and cultural sources from nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first- century literature

Reading Theory and Literature: an examination of how literature is constructed in  and through specific theories, such as queer, psychoanalytical, and postcolonial theories​

Learning & Teaching

​We utilise a range of teaching environments to best fit your learning needs. Delivery may include workshops, seminars, research seminars, lectures, virtual learning environments, away days, field trips and visits. Wherever possible, the emphasis is placed upon small group work and individual learning needs identified through your Personal and Professional Development plan. You'll be allocated a personal tutor who will support you throughout each year.

Throughout the years, you will be invited to attend theatre trips, films and other cultural events held in Cardiff. The Department also regularly invites external speakers to give presentations and readings.

The degree is enhanced by the use of the university's virtual learning system.


We're committed to innovative assessment practices that match identified learning outcomes for your module and degree. This means assessment, wherever possible, is linked to enhancing not only your subject knowledge but also skills vital in developing your employment opportunities. Examples of assessment include research portfolios, group work, creative writing portfolios, critical and reflective practice, reviews, poster presentations, annotated bibliographies and so on​.

Employability & Careers

This degree provides students with strong communication and analytical skills that are highly valued in today's employment market. These skills ar​e reinforced by the opportunity for student work placements. Graduates from the course have pursued careers in a variety of industries, including: media, publishing, journalism, education, public relations, marketing and heritage. A proportion of students advance to postgraduate study at either Master's or PhD level.

Employability Skills and Graduate Attributes:
Many of the skills you will obtain as part of this degree are also useful in industries beyond those listed above.  We ensure that our curriculum develops you as a graduate so that you demonstrate the following skills and attributes:

  • Problem solving & analytical abilities
  • Inter-personal and networking skills
  • Global citizen (with knowledge of diversity & sustainability)
  • Flexibility & Adaptability (life long learning)
  • Effective Communication skills
  • Creative & Innovative
  • Digital Literacy
  • Reflective practice.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

For further information on entry requirements and how to apply for the joint honours programme, please refer to the Joint Honours Course Overview.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email ​

For course specific enquiries, please contact, Dr Christina Thatcher

Course Stats


Key Course Information

UCAS Codes:

QP33: BA (Hons) English & Media

QW38: BA (Hons) English & Creative Writing

Place of Study:
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy

Course Length:
Three years full-time.
Six years part-time.

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Studying English at Cardiff Met

Learn more about what it's like to study the BA English joint honours degree from Senior Lecturer Dr Elizabeth English and past students.

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Learn more about what it's like to study the BA Creative Writing joint honours degree from Senior Lecturer Dr Kate North and past students.

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Learn more about what it's like to study the BA Media joint honours degree from Senior Lecturer Rob Taffurelli and past students.

Meet the Humanities Team
Meet the Team
Meet the Team: Christina Thatcher

"I am an American poet, fiction and nonfiction writer with research interests in contemporary poetry, creative writing pedagogy and the role of creative writing in therapeutic and community contexts.

My experiences as a published writer, researcher and community facilitator position me well to support the diverse interests of our Creative Writing students. I assist students in developing their research methods and their creative work. I also provide them with opportunities to facilitate in the community at my local writers’ group, Roath Writers, and give them the tools they need to begin leading workshops in schools and community venues."

Christina Thatcher, Programme Director and Lecturer in Creative Writing.

Meet the Team
Meet the Team: Robert Taffurelli

"Before becoming an academic I worked in London for 15 years as a full-time journalist. I progressed from an Editorial Assistant onto Assistant Editor, Editor Managing Editor and Deputy Group Editor. While working for several years with different publishers and magazines I turned my focus to my passion – film, and to a career in trade journalism as Editor of Film and TV Production Review.

My background in journalism and media informs and underpins the BA (Hons) Media and Communications and BA (Hons) Media joint honours degree."

Robert Taffurelli, Programme Director BA (Hons) Media and Communications and MA Specialist Journalism.

Meet the Team
Meet the Team: Nina Jones

"My teaching philosophy is to foster participation and engagement within the classroom with a particular focus on designing activities that promote active learning. Throughout lectures, seminars and workshops students study the media through debates, discussions, problem-solving activities, group projects and independent practical tasks to ensure that our students are not just listening but are actively “doing” and reflecting on their work.

Our Media degrees are suited to those that want to think both critically and creatively. Our students’ personal and professional development are at the core of what we do which provides them with a foundation on which to build their own careers."

Nina Jones, Senior Lecturer in Media.


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