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English Literature (Digital Practice) - BA (Hons) Degree


Key Facts


Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy

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

Course Overview

The BA (Hons) English Literature (Digital Practice) not only provides a grounding in English literature across the centuries - from Chaucer, to Shakespeare, to Woolf, to Atwood - but also provides innovative teaching and widely-recognised qualifications in key strands of digital humanities. A mixture of thematic and chronological modules ensures a good grounding in genre, context and period and invites you to explore non-canonical genres such as science fiction, dystopian fiction, and young adult fiction. 

Alongside exciting and challenging English Literature modules, you will learn digital skills that are not only necessary to understand how we study literature in the twenty-first century, but also provide invaluable skills that employers require from graduates. This distinctive degree will help you establish yourself as outstanding and unique in a competitive market, all the while offering an enjoyable and varied exploration of English literature. 

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. 

The course aims to:

  • provide a grounding in canonical English literature from the fourteenth to the twenty-first centuries
  • offer students specialist teaching in Romanticism, and modern and contemporary writing
  • give students the opportunity to develop digital skills, such as in coding, digital publishing, and corpus linguistics, which may lead to certification
  • allow students to develop a broad and deep knowledge of literature, as well as to develop a skillset desired by employers
  • encourage students to develop their ethical, digital, global and entrepreneurial skills (i.e. demonstrate the Cardiff Met EDGE).
Please note: The BA (Hons) English Literature (Digital Practice) is not running for September 2020 entry and will therefore not be accepting applications. The next intake for this course will be for September 2021 entry.

Related courses:
You may also be interested in studying English as part of the BA (Hons) Humanities Joint Honours programme, which is accepting applications for September 2020 entry. 

Course Content

Year 1 (Level 4): 

  • 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
  • Landmarks in Poetry: a survey of poetry across the centuries, including the specific vocabulary for analysing poetry
  • The Failure of the Novel: a survey of the novel form in English from the eighteenth- to the twenty-first centuries
  • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries: an exploration of Shakespeare's drama alongside those with whom he worked, and with whom he was in competition
  • Introduction to Digital Humanities: an introductory course outlining key aspects of digital humanities and their importance

Year 2 (Level 5):

  • Romantic and Victorian Literature: an exploration of key writers and texts from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
  • The Gothic: Extremes and Transgressions: an exploration of the Gothic genre and its changing shape across time
  • 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
  • Postmodernist Play: an exploration of postmodernist writing and its origins
  • Digital Humanities and Corpus Linguistics: an introduction to the digital study of patterns in literature and language, whether in one writer's works or across the centuries

Year 3 (Level 6):

  • 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 literary and cultural sources from nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century literatures.
  • Reading Theory and Literature: an examination of how literature is constructed in and through specific theories, such as queer, psychoanalytical, and postcolonial theories
  • Publishing and the Digital Humanities: an examination into how digital publishing works and how students can enter that world
  • Dissertation or Digital Project: an extended piece of research and writing

Learning & Teaching

We utilise a range of teaching environments to best fit your learning needs. Most of your contact hours will be delivered through lectures and seminars: 

  • Lectures: an opportunity to learn the important facts on a topic, delivered by lecturers
  • Seminars: an opportunity for students to lead discussions on ideas arising from the set texts and the lectures. Seminars will also include group work and the opportunity for students to develop presentation skills.

Most of the course time will be dedicated to self-directed learning, during which time students will read the set texts, prepare for seminars and lectures, and discuss their thoughts with peers outside the learning spaces.

Students will also have the opportunity to visit local research spaces in Cardiff, including (but not limited to) the Cardiff Museum and local archives.

The university's online learning space Moodle provides a digital learning environment where students can discuss ideas in fora, through blogs, and by answering seminar-preparation questions. All lecture slides are uploaded to Moodle so that students always have an opportunity to go back over the delivered material. Moodle provides an ideal complementary extension to the contact hours with staff.

Additionally, there are dedicated times during the course for students to meet with lecturing staff to discuss module topics or assessment plans. These tutorials provide an important opportunity for students to develop their own independent lines of thought and inquiry.


Assessments for the BA (Hons) English Literature (Digital Practice) include:

  • Close-reading assignments, where students study a short passage from a text, and tease out its central ideas
  • Essays, in which students offer extended answers on texts studied on the course
  • In-class presentations, in which students present—individually or in groups—on a specific topic related to or arising from the set texts
  • Digital projects, including blogs and wikis, through which students compile and explore ideas in a less formal academic assignment 

Employability & Careers

A degree in English Literature (Digital Practice) will open the door to a wide range of careers and provide key skills that all employers desire. This degree provides students with strong communication and analytical skills that are highly valued in today's employment market. 

Typical career destinations include:

  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Cultural Heritage and arts administration
  • Editing
  • Law
  • Policy research
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • PR/Communications
  • Teaching/education

During the degree, students will be offered the chance to take a work placement module. Students have used these placements to experience jobs in the following industries:

  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Theatre
  • Journalism
  • Cultural Heritage
A BA (Hons) degree in English Literature (Digital Practice) can also lead students on to further study. For example, Cardiff Met offers taught postgraduate courses in:

  • English Literature (MA/PgD/PgC)
  • English Literature and Creative Writing (MA/PgD/PgC)

You can also study for a PhD in English Literature at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

 Applicants should have 104 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).

Typical offers may include:

  • 104 points from at least 2 A levels to include an A level grade C; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM

  • 104 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4

  • 104 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades D. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers.

  • 102 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma     


If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff. 

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. 

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview. 

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3
If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL. 

Mature students
A mature applicant is anyone over the ago of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

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

For course specific enquiries, please contact Elizabeth English:
Tel: 02920 20 5634

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting