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
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
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 are 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.
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.