English and Film
BA (Hons)

Based at MediaCityUK
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study English and Film at Salford


Based at MediaCityUK


Expansive course that investigates a wide range of literature and film from around the world


Strong links with the culture industries and the opportunity to undertake a work placement that relates to film distribution and exhibition

Course Summary

Since the birth of the film industry, literature has played a key role in our interpretation and analysis of the moving image. By studying this course, you will gain a firm understanding of the critical study of both literature and film, in order to fully appreciate the way these two disciplines have developed.

By studying literature, you will enhance your ability to understand and analyse texts, while harnessing core skills in critical and independent thinking. As a result of your studies, you will also gain a sophisticated appreciation of how texts interact with their historical and social contexts.

You will also examine a range of critical approaches to film, investigating developments in American and British cinema from their origins to the present day and discover how cinema has become a significant part of our culture as a major entertainment industry. You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge, undertaking a work placement relating to film distribution and exhibition or film journalism.

The course gives you the opportunity to experience a number of English and film related careers including journalism, cinema programming, teaching and film festivals. These may in turn lead to work writing about cinema, working in the film distribution sector or a role at a cinema or film festival.

Course Details

Year 1

In Year One, through a series of core modules, you will be introduced to the field of literary and cultural theory and literary narrative in relation to fiction and the novel. Alongside this you will study the history of cinema from its origins to the present day. You will also examine a range of critical approaches to film as well as investigating the world’s most powerful film industry: Hollywood.

Semester 1

You will evaluate a range of critical approaches to film in relation to the social and cultural developments that informed and influenced them.  Throughout the module, you will focus on key approaches such as film as art, film as propaganda, film as mass culture, authorship, genre and ideology.
During the course of this module, you will look at the idea of film form and how it contributes to the meaning of a film.  Considering various components such as narrative, cinematography, editing and sound, this module aims to answer the basic question of: What is a Film?
From early texts such as Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe to postmodern writers such as Jeanette Winterson, this module examines the history of narrative by tracing the development of narrative strategies and cultural themes such as gender and class.

Semester 2

This module introduces the idea of ‘classical Hollywood’ cinema and its role in the development of our understanding of film.  Analysing Hollywood as an organising structure for film production, you will identify the production methods employed by the Hollywood studios, the production techniques and practices widely termed as the ‘classical Hollywood style’, and the economic rationale behind the establishment of Hollywood.  
You will be introduced to key concepts relating to the study of popular fiction as well as develop a knowledge of the main genres and forms of popular literature. You will study a number of representative texts from key phases in the development of popular forms, including critical attitudes towards them.
You will be introduced to a range of theoretical approaches to literary and cultural practice. You will gain an understanding of how both literary and cultural texts can be read and analysed, and how different theories can be productively applied to them.

Year 2

During the first part of your second year you will extend your basic knowledge and understanding of literature and cinema through core modules that focus on areas such as the Romantic period, British cinema and contemporary Hollywood. Following on from these, you will begin to focus your studies on the areas you find most interesting by taking a number of module options that reflect the expertise of Salford’s teaching staff.

Semester 1

This module is designed to provide you with an introduction to the history of British cinema, its institutions, its stars and some of its production personnel.
The landscape of American filmmaking has been affected by a range of economic, social and cultural changes in recent years.  This module will consider these tumultuous changes as well as address conflicting definitions of independence within a global marketplace and the importance of marketing strategies within contemporary filmmaking.
The Romantic period (c. 1780-1820) was a time of revolution when radical writers began to argue for the natural rights of mankind. This module considers themes including nature, the sublime, childhood, nationhood, empire, and the self within their historical and cultural context, paying close attention to the language of the texts themselves.

Semester 2

This module considers the relationship of 19th Century writing to issues including class, culture, empire, urban experience, women's writing, decadence and identity. You will gain an appreciation of the diversity of 19th Century literary, social, intellectual, and political activities and reassess received ideas about the Victorians.

Choose from one English and one Film module from the following:

Focusing on comedy films produced within British cinema, this module will enable you to identify different characteristics associated with various styles of British film comedy.  You will also analyse formal strategies employed by comedy filmmakers and various performance techniques utilised by a range of comedic performers within British cinema.
You will learn to write in a concise and entertaining manner in this module, acquiring the writing and editing skills necessary to undertake film reviews, features and interviews.  Whilst the module will focus on film-related matters, the skills learned will be highly transferable into other journalistic realms.
Building on from Critical Approaches to Film I and II studied in Year One, this module focuses on the idea of film genre and considers its usefulness in analysing the output of contemporary film industries from around the world.
This module introduces you to psychoanalysis by way of cinema and to cinema by way of psychoanalysis. It will ask whether key Freudian methods (such as dream interpretation), concepts (phantasy, fetishism, wish fulfilment) and narratives (the Oedipus and castration complexes) can illuminate a series of Hollywood and non-Hollywood films.

English Options

You will have the opportunity to develop your creativity and deepen your understanding of various genres of writing such as the haiku, short fiction and creative themes such as 'the city'. This module will also allow you to practice these genres in your own work.
By exploring and analysing a range of Dickens’s fictional and non-fictional writing, you will focus on a number of key issues within Dickens's writing such as class, gender, the family, criminality and childhood.
The module will focus on a selection of Gothic novels and short stories written by women. You will be introduced to the themes and conventions of Gothic writing and to the specialised vocabulary of, and theoretical approaches to, the Female Gothic. You will also explore the significance of various recurrent tropes and features such as the uncanny, the abject, the absent/dead mother, convents, excess, the heroine, etc.

Year 3

The final year of the course offers a range of options from which you can choose to specialise. Film options are completed in the first semester, while the second semester focuses on English.

Semester 1

Choose three modules from the following:

The wide variety of film production that has historically and still is occurring within the regions and nations of the UK will be explored within this module, along with the economic and political motivations of a range of practitioners. The module will centre around a number of case studies including the Mancunian Film Company, the exploitation cinema of Cliff Twemlow and David Kent Watson and the early films of Bill Forsyth and the idea of a Scottish cinema.  
Through a combination of classroom activities and guest lectures from industry professionals, this module aims to explore and critically explain the connected fields of film distribution and film exhibition.
Covering a range of drama broadcast on British television, this module will focus on a number of core areas including form and innovation, realism and politics, and contemporary television.
Building upon work undertaken in Year One and Two, this module will provide you with the intellectual tools to undertake a detailed theoretical analysis of film.

Semester 2

This module explores a range of recent and contemporary films, novels, short stories, plays and poetry and links them with some of the central issues within the debate around postmodernism. These texts will be used to reflect on issues such as authorship, narrative structure, linear progression, and identity problematised by postmodernist texts and theories.
We will begin by discussing the complexities of the terms 'working-class' and 'working-class fiction'; we will conclude with the fragmented forms and apocalyptic visions of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting (1993), and debate what, if anything, it means to talk of the 'working-class novel' in the context of contemporary British society.
This module will look at questions of feminism, post-feminism and third wave feminism, as explored in a range of novels written by women and published since the year 2000.  Some of the key themes to be explored will include the impact of virtual realities on questions of body politics, representations of violence and death in contemporary women’s fiction, futurist landscapes and how new feminist utopias and dystopias feed into established traditions of the form.
You will further your understanding of the position and construction of women in nineteenth-century literature and society, through exploration of questions concerning representation, constructions of femininity, class and contemporary medical and legal discourses. You will gain a sophisticated knowledge of a group of fictional texts, and of the context in which they were written.
This module explores constructions of Ireland and Irishness in literary and cultural texts across the last century, tracing how ideas of nationhood, gender and ethnicity, tradition and modernity have been negotiated in often turbulent historical conditions.
You will gain an interdisciplinary understanding of the relationship between representation and the Holocaust, and the key concepts and debates informing the development of Holocaust Studies. You will gain a substantive insight into a number of literary and non-literary case studies.
We’ll study important examples of international comic strips, series and ‘graphic novels’. At a time of proliferating texts inspired by material introduced in comics, a section of the module will look at film and TV adaptations, evaluating the importance of comic-derived material to the modern media landscape. The unique ways in which comics can be said to create meanings will be highlighted, and students will experience designing a narrative with expert guidance. Themes studied may include: Comics and Childhood; The Graphic Novel Era: Comics ‘come of age’; Alan Moore; Comics, Ideology and Form: Case Study of 1970s British Comics; Fandom; Comics and Other Media.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
UCAS tariff points 280-320 points
GCE A level BBC-ABB with B in English/media studies. General studies accepted with two other A2s
BTEC National Diploma DMM - DDM
Scottish Highers 280-300 points
Irish Leaving Certificate 280-300 points
International Baccalaureate 31 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

Candidates should be academically inclined and have a passion for both literature and film. You should be interested in watching a wide range of films and reading a wide range of literature and to think critically about both and their way or representing their social and historical contexts. While not a production course it is particularly useful for students contemplating careers in media and creative industries


English and Film Studies will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. These will be complemented on the Film Studies side by a series of screenings and talks by visiting experts.


Traditional essays, presentations, shorter pieces of written analysis and longer written pieces based on your own research.


You will have the opportunity to pursue a number of English and film-related careers such as journalism, cinema programming, teaching and film festivals. These may in turn lead to work writing about cinema, working in the film distribution sector or a role at a cinema or at a film festival. A degree in English and Film Studies will also provide a grounding that could lead to a job in arts administration or education.

English and Film Studies will provide students with the opportunity to experience a number of English and Film related careers such as journalism, cinema programming, teaching and film festivals. These may in turn lead to work writing about cinema, working in the film distribution sector or a role at a cinema or film festival. A degree in English and Film Studies will also provide a grounding that could lead to a job in arts administration or education. 

Career Prospects

As a result of your studies, you will have the opportunity to pursue a number of English and Film-related careers such as journalism, cinema programming, teaching and film festivals. These may in turn lead to work writing about cinema, working in the film distribution sector or a role at a cinema or at a film festival. A degree in English and Film Studies will also provide a grounding that could lead to a job in arts administration or education.

Links with Industry

The course boasts strong industry links with several local culture organisations including Cornerhouse, Greater Manchester Arts Centre, The Salford Film Festival, and the Viva: Spanish and Latin American Film Festival. This provides those on the course with an in-depth insight into the practicalities of film distribution and exhibition via work placements during the Film Exhibition and Distribution module.

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Part-timeYour annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Full-time International£11,500

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.