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  • Local: $ 10.6k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 14.4k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    This programme provides opportunities to study cultures and societies through both literary and historical materials and approaches.

    The teaching is shared between two groups of specialists: the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (from which the programme is organised), and the School of History. It enables students to combine the study of literary texts with that of the social and political worlds in which they were made and circulated. Historians and literary critics sometimes read the same documents, but they have different approaches and employ different methods of analysis: this programme presents the opportunity to explore both approaches. The combination leads towards an understanding not simply of literature and history, but of culture and cultural studies.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline You are advised to apply as early as possible Tuition fee
    • EUR 10550 Year (EEA)
    • EUR 14400 Year (Non-EEA)

    UK/EU Students: £9,000. International Students: £12,300

    Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
    Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible

    Course Content

    Course Structure:

    After the first year which is made up of introductory modules in literature, history and cultural studies, you are encouraged to construct a programme that suits your own intellectual interests and enthusiasms. The available modules enable you to make choices of nationality as well as of period and issue. In the second year, for instance, students can choose between historical modules that include Landscape, The Holocaust, Modern Spain and Medicine and Society as well as more traditional modules, such as Norman and Plantagenet England and Nationalism. Within Literature the choice ranges across modules such as The Politics of Language, Cultural Theory and Analysis, Nineteenth Century European Drama, From Pushkin to Chekhov: Russian Fiction, and Postcolonialism. The presence of ‘free choice’ modules enables more study of Literature and History, or study in other disciplines; and in the final year you can undertake three quarters of your study in just Literature or History if you wish.

    Year 1

    The first year entails study in both disciplines as well as an introductory course in cultural studies that is based on their inter-relationship.

    Year 2 and Year 3

    The degree incorporates considerable flexibility in years 2 and 3, allowing you to construct a programme that reflects your own intellectual interests and enthusiasms. For example, you may wish to concentrate some of your work around the literature and history of a particular period: the Middle Ages; the Renaissance; the Restoration; the Eighteenth Century; the Victorian Era; Modernism; the Contemporary. Alternatively, you may prefer to develop a specialised knowledge of the history of one of the literary genres: drama; poetry; prose, or you may wish to select modules that deal with topics such as feminist theory or visual culture. Literature-based modules may focus on a particular genre (eg Contemporary Fiction), or a theme (eg Literature and Desire), or a historical period (eg Modernism), or an author (eg Chaucer). History-based modules cover the medieval, early modern and contemporary periods, with a range of both broad-based modules and more specialised investigations of particular topics in English and British history. Examples of history modules which have been available to students on this programme include: Anglo-Saxon England, c.500-1066; Late Medieval Religion and Society in England; Early Modern England; The Rise and Fall of British Power; Medicine and Society Before the 17th Century; Women and Society in Modern Britain.

    The provision of two free choice modules in year 2 enables you to introduce other disciplines (eg. film and visual arts) and/or to adjust the balance of the two strands to your own needs.

    Teaching and Assessment

    Modules of study are taught in a number of different forms – often lectures and smaller seminar groups – designed to encourage student participation. In every module your work is assessed; forms of assessment also vary, including essays, project work, presentation, examination or a combination of any of these methods. A third-year dissertation in either literature or history enables you to undertake in-depth study in either subject or to consider their inter-relationship further.

    The opportunity to lean towards History or Literature continues in year 3 when students are able to take three modules in one School and only one module in the other if they wish. The requirement that they undertake dissertation work in this third year enhances their academic progression and skills.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test : 88

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    The combined English Language and Literature A-level is acceptable instead of English Literature.

    Students for whom English is a Foreign language

    We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

    • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all components)
    • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 88 overall (minimum 18 in the Listening and Writing components; 19 in the Reading component; and 21 in the Speaking component)
    • PTE: 62 overall with minimum 55 in all components

    If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.


    The School does not currently interview all applicants for undergraduate entry as standard, however we may interview mature students, those returning to study or applicants with alternative qualifications. All applicants who are made an offer are given the opportunity to meet with an academic on a Visit Day in order to gain a deeper insight into the course(s) you have applied for.

    Gap Year

    Normally there is not a problem in deferring entry for a year. Offers are made in the usual way to applicants who ask for deferred entry.

    Special Entry Requirements

    As part of the A level entry requirements, you should hold A-level English Literature and A-Level History, one of which should be at grade A. Students taking the International Baccalaureate will be expected to have Higher Level English and Higher Level History, one at minimum grade 6 and the other at minimum grade 5.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of East Anglia.

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