English Literature

At Salford you will study English Literature with a team of internationally-renowned researchers who are also enthusiastic and committed teachers. Our modules offer both traditional and innovative paths into literature, from Shakespeare's poetry and plays, to twenty-first century postcolonial literature. You can learn about 'Women Behaving Badly' in Victorian sensation fiction, ‘Revival and Revolution’ in Irish Writing from 1890-1930, and ‘British Theatre post-1950’.

English Literature at Salford is studied in its cultural and theoretical contexts, and you can choose from a diverse range of option modules including ‘The Medieval World’, 'Representing the Holocaust', and ‘Visual Text’. 

The first year takes you through some key texts organised along genre-specific modules on fiction, poetry and drama, accompanied by core modules on 'Popular Fictions', literary and cultural theory, and stylistics. These modules will also introduce you to research methods and essay-writing skills. By the time you enter your second year you will feel confident about how to analyse texts and apply theoretical perspectives. A free optional ten-week course specifically on academic essay writing, Wordscope, gives outstanding support for the assessments you will complete, and for your employability skills. In second and third year you will study the historic and thematic development of literature written in English from the Romantic period, via the Victorians and the Modernists right up to Postmodernism era. Alongside these core subjects, you will choose specialist option modules led by active researchers at the forefront of their fields. You might also decide to take a module in Creative Writing, Drama, or English Language as a way of enhancing your skill set and expanding your knowledge. In both teaching and research we have close links with the Working-Class Movement Library, Chetham's Library and The Portico Library, and there are great opportunities for independent research for the Dissertation option in your third year at archives in and around Salford and Manchester.

Throughout your degree you will be taught by inspiring and dedicated academics, and senior members of academic staff teach at all levels of the programme. Our courses are designed to develop your transferable skills such as problem-solving and analytical thinking which are key to many forms of employment. You will also have the opportunity to take part in workshops and masterclasses with visiting speakers from the creative industries, including publishing, and to apply for the School and College mentoring project if you are interested in a career in teaching. With technological developments pushing the written word into increasingly innovative formats and to ever-wider audiences, being skilled at reaching informed judgements about the construction of texts, from novels to email, provides you with invaluable resources for the career-path you are following.

Courses in English Literature