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English Literature with English Language

BA (Hons)

School - School of Arts & Media

Subject area - English and Creative Writing

UCAS Code: Q301

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £12,660 per year

In Brief:

  • Benefit from dynamic teaching and assessment that incorporates both innovative and traditional approaches to the study of Literature and Language
  • Gain valuable skills and knowledge which open up careers in areas such as teaching, media, publishing, marketing, administration and the civil service
  • Overall satisfaction with this course is 100% (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS data)
  • Overseas study available
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

The study of literature and language opens up the world of human expression and communication, from the language of poetry to that of social media. On this course you will not only build a detailed knowledge and understanding of literature and language, you will gain insights into the social and cultural  issues that affect our lives. You will have the opportunity to explore the relationship between literature, language and society.

You will learn to research and analyse texts from literary and linguistic perspectives and will have the chance to study a wide range of topics including romanticism, modernism, children’s literature, 21st century literature, medieval prose and poetry, Shakespeare, modern Irish literature,  the history of the English language, varieties of English, corpus analysis, attitudes to language, and many more.

English literature is valued by employers who recognise that graduates are very well equipped for a range of career paths requiring good communication, clear presentation of arguments  and ideas, and the ability to understand and evaluate complex information. After graduation, students can go into teaching, publishing, journalism, advertising, PR, or events management, as well as a wide range of other graduate-level jobs. The course also provides an ideal platform for postgraduate  study.

Bram Steijn   3rd year, BA (Hons) English Literature with English Language  

"As a foreign student, the decision to move country can be a daunting one, and the choice of university difficult. Looking back on my experience, I can safely say that my decision to study at Salford was the right one. The support from the faculty staff has been nothing short of phenomenal. If you are    passionate about language and literature, and motivated to make the most of your time at university, then I can definitely recommend coming to the University of Salford."

Course Details

This programme integrates the study of English Literature (60%) and English Language (40%) into one degree. You will have the opportunity to study English literature across a wide range of periods and genres, including Shakespeare’s plays and the poetry of Salford’s current Chancellor, Jackie Kay MBE FRSE.

In your English Literature modules you will learn to analyse and criticise various forms of writing, from narrative fiction to modern drama. In your English Language modules you will gain a firm understanding of the fundamental components of language study, including the structure, origins and pronunciation of English. Core Literature modules cover key literary periods including Victorian Literature and Modernism, while optional modules allow you to explore your own areas of interest further by focusing on subjects including Children’s Literature and Twenty-first Century Innovative Poetry. Core Language modules cover the grammar, pronunciation and stylistics of English, while optional modules invite you to explore further topics including TESOL, Language Acquisition and the History of English.

In addition to these options, you can choose modules in related fields such as Drama Adaptation and Creative Writing. You can also study another language such as French, Spanish or Mandarin through the University Wide Language Programme. Salford’s lecturers in English Literature and English Language are active researchers who regularly publish on a wide range of topics including Irish Fiction, Postcolonial Literature, Biography, Poetry, Semantics, Phonology, Lexicography, Slang and Psycholinguistics. Their teaching gives you the skills you need for an essential foundation in literary and linguistic study and also encourages you to consider social and cultural issues relevant to the materials you will examine as a twenty-first century student.

Year 1                    

Our year 1 modules provide a thorough grounding in key ideas and approaches to literary and linguistic study at University level.                    

This module examines the history of narrative, from early texts such as Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe, to postmodern writers such as Jeanette Winterson. You will explore the development of narrative strategies, and cultural themes such as gender and class.                        
You will be introduced to the social and cultural history of the English language and explore the ways in which linguistic theories can inform textual interpretation. You will examine historical and ongoing changes in the uses of English words and develop the ability to discuss language in relation to its        historical and social contexts.                        
This module is a basic introduction to the grammatical properties and sound patterns of English. It starts with the description of speech sounds, it moves to the study of word structure, and it ends with a description of the basic architecture of sentences in the language.                        
You will study a broad range of historical periods and genres, from Shakespearean sonnets to linguistically innovative twenty-first century poetry.                        
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.                        
Communication is possible because languages are meaningful. This module offers a general introduction to the concepts and methods in the study of meaning and its role in human communication. You will examine how meaning is conveyed in language and how context affects the way in which sentences are understood.                        

Year 2                    

In year 2 you will study two core literature modules, one core and one optional language module and two further option modules. The core modules focus on Romantic and Victorian literature and the History and Diversity of the English Language, and your option modules offer choices in literature and language. Your options can also      include a foreign language module, through the University-Wide Language Programme. You will have the opportunity to work more independently and develop your understanding of the relationship between theory and text.                    

Study literature emerging in a time of revolution and consider themes such as the rights of man, woman and slaves, the sublime, childhood, empire, the self, and the gothic. This was a time of formal and stylistic experimentation, so this module explores language and form in detail in relation to key themes within their        historical and cultural context.                        
You will enhance your skills in close analysis, studying 19th Century writing within a range of historical and theoretical contexts. Texts include novels, poetry, and non-fiction and the module covers a range of issues including class, culture, urban experience, women’s writing, decadence and identity.                        

Optional modules may include:

You will be introduced to key periods in the history of the English language and characteristic features of the language in these periods. You will explore language change with reference to the different levels of language (namely grammar and syntax, lexis and phonology, and orthography) and explore regional        variation and change in English dialects.                        
This module explores how journalists, poets, true-life crime writers and novelists respond to the challenge of writing about ‘evil’ via the detailed consideration of three case studies, namely The Moors Murders; the Yorkshire Ripper and Jamie Bulger. As such the module will require students to consider the cultural        logic and politics of representing evil, and to explore for themselves the difficulties of writing about highly charged, hence culturally over-determined and emotionally draining subject matter.                        
You will become acquainted with the history of children's literature and 21st and 20th Century texts produced for children from pre-reading infants up to early teens. You will be given the opportunity to analyse such texts.                        
The British National Corpus is a vast collection of over 4,000 English texts, providing a unique record of contemporary spoken and written English. In this module you will gain hands-on experience in using this and other computer-based corpora of English to answer questions about language structure and use.                        
Learn to understand the complex relationship between utopian projections and the material world, and study a variety of utopian and dystopian texts by authors such as Anthony Burgess, Philip K Dick, George Orwell and HG Wells.                        
How can we understand the meaning of sentences we have never heard before? You will examine the role that truth plays in the study of meaning, and learn how to analyse the meaning of English words and sentences. The module will also prepare you to seek answers to further questions about meaning in English.                        
This module aims to explore dramatic texts other than Shakespeare’s from the period encompassing the late Medieval to the Jacobean period, roughly 1500-1630. In particular, it investigates how issues of sexuality, politics, religion, and identity are treated during this period. The module also asks        you to consider a range of different theatrical traditions, particularly of staging and stagecraft, which were used during the period in order to encourage an appreciation of how those traditions were kept alive on the stage.                        
You are introduced to Irish literature in English from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. You examine the main texts produced in this period and to relate them to the political, social and historical circumstances in which they were produced. The module will focus in particular on poetry and the        drama of the Irish National Theatre, plays by Lady Gregory, J.M. Synge and Sean O’Casey, artistic manifestos, and on Irish fiction produced in this period.                        
Starting from an investigation of a wide range of grammatical phenomena and constructions in modern Standard English, you will develop a firm grounding in the analysis of the structure of English sentences. You will learn how to analyse and think critically about data, how to formulate rules and hypotheses, and how        to test them.                        
This module will introduce you to the intricate relationship between language use and aspects of social structure. Building on the work done in Varieties of English, you will examine the role of linguistic variation in the negotiation and construction of individual and group identity. Topics studied        include multilingualism, bilingualism, language contact and language change.                        
The sound system of English is organised by subconscious principles that shape the content of speech sounds and their patterns of occurrence. This module introduces you to the sounds of speech, syllable structure and word stress in English. You will learn how to describe and classify consonants and vowels, transcribe        speech sounds, and identify and analyse syllable structure and word stress.                        
This module will trace the origins and development of prescriptive attitudes and linguistic insecurity, and the extent to which these ideas are relevant to contemporary users of English. Topics include received pronunciation, grammar and ‘morality’, and politically correct language.                        
Children master the basics of their first language without formal instruction from a very early age. How do they do it? What exactly do they learn? What stages do they go through? You will examine the answers to questions like these by studying the cognitive mechanisms behind the acquisition process.                        
This module introduces you to key concepts underlying TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) methodology. You will become familiar with the basic approaches, materials and procedures and the principles of lesson planning and classroom management.                        
This module examines constructions of gender, race and empire in fictional and non- fictional texts from the last thirty years of the nineteenth century. We will consider how scientific, literary, political and other texts construct and reimagine the roles of men and women, colonisers and colonised peoples, animals        and the environment during this transitional period between the Victorian and the Modern.                            

Year 3                    

In year 3 you will study two core Literature modules,  two optional Literature modules, and two optional Language modules. At this level, we encourage you to develop independence of mind in critically assessing secondary and theoretical sources, and expect a high level of analytic skill in discussing literature and language.                    

This module explores the formal, conceptual and ideological complexities of the modernist period and addresses themes such as the decentred self, the city, the role of tradition, the relationship between gender and writing, the use of myth, and the interaction of national identity and cosmopolitanism.                        
This module explores recent and contemporary texts in relation to critical issues such as authorship, narrative structure, linear progression, and identity.  Selected texts will include films as well as novels, short stories, plays and poetry.                        

Optional modules may include:

The term ‘visual text’ usefully reminds us that text is visually-recorded language, designed to be perceived through sight. All text is therefore visual but both readers and critics often have difficulty sustaining their awareness of its dual nature. This module is devoted to engaging more fully with the        visual delivery of text, its possibilities and its potential to alter and influence meaning, storytelling and criticism. Students taking the module will engage in close textual analysis and are encouraged throughout to question the creative decisions behind the presentation of a wide variety of different types of        texts. They may explore graffiti, site-specific writing – on a mountain, on the side of a building, a bill board; illustrated and illustrative writing; graphic novels; concrete and shaped text; text-based animations. The practice of visual text writing techniques and general writing skills (editing,        audience awareness etc.) will be considered in all submissions.                        
Names are all around us, and this module explores the linguistic structure, history, development and political significance of names and naming, focusing on the UK but with reference to other countries as well. You will have an opportunity to examine the names of people and places in real life and in        literary and other creative contexts.                        
This module explores the various ways in which cultural intertextuality informs and shapes Shakespeare's approach to character and action. To gain a broader understanding of how Shakespearean drama can be seen as 'the play of thought,' we will analyse Shakespeare's work in terms of literary theories including new historicism, cognitive        linguistics, and gender studies.                        
You will consider English in the context of its status as a world language and the historical, social and linguistic characteristics of English in different parts of the world. You will also examine the impact of English on other languages, the impact of American English on British English and vice versa,  and consider        the future of English in relation to other world languages.                        
In the last 10-15 years, new technologies have led to the emergence of new forms of text, such as email, instant online messaging, blogs and text messages. In this module we will look at developments across both traditional and the new forms of text, and explore how social factors are shaping the way        the English language is evolving today.                        
This module contextualises post-war British theatre in terms of naturalism, the avant-garde and the epic mode. A range of play texts will be explored in relation to form, narrative, action and character while exploring the ways in which they engage with issues of class, sexuality, gender and national identity.                        
This module will discuss literature written during the period known as the Northern Irish ‘troubles’, the Peace Process and after. It will consider poetry, prose, drama and film produced in this period, as well as other visual sources (mural, video and performance art) to consider a plurality of ways        of representing the conflict. While a historical narrative will be presented in the first lectures and seminars, the focus will be on considering how form and content intersect in these fictive representations.                        
This module will explore the challenges faced by survivors when representing their own personal Holocaust experience. It will include consideration of the aesthetic and formal strategies used by survivors and provide knowledge of a range of first-hand stories. The module will therefore require students to explore        the difficulty of witnessing (writing and reading about) the Holocaust.                        
The subject of this module is ‘disobedience’: how it was defined, represented, condemned and, on occasions, celebrated in the sixteenth and seventeenth-century English literature. In particular we will study the many ways in which authors structure specific discourses around socially marginal characters and        outcasts (villains, malcontents, prostitutes whose distinctive qualities can include a disruptive and sarcastic verbal idiom) as key figures in the contemporary cultural and historical discourse.                        
This module will analyse a selection of African literatures of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, exploring range of aesthetic, theoretical and political questions relating to a variety of literary forms, including poetry, novels and graphic narratives.                        
You will examine issues of current relevance in the study of language use from the interdisciplinary perspective of psychology, linguistics and the philosophy of language, such as the relationship between explicit and implicit aspects of communication or the interpretation of figurative language.                  
How does communication work? In this module you will examine key aspects of communication which result from the interaction of linguistic meaning, context, and principles of human cognition. You will study how language is used in context by analyzing data drawn from your own experience in communication.                  
What does it mean to be ‘northern’? Where is the north and where does it begin and end? Using both archive and contemporary recordings of northern speech, this research-based module will enable you to carry out a project on an aspect of northern identity as expressed through language in the interactional        and media domains.                  
Words play an integral part in our ability to use language creatively. This module is a detailed introduction to the study of words. You will explore the processes of word formation in the language, and the rules governing the internal structure of English words.                  
This is a ‘hybrid’ module that builds on concepts, theories and methods you have studied in your degree programme, further developing your knowledge of the latest research in English Language and linguistic inquiry. Some of the themes you will study are the following: The relation between language and thought; language and its relation to other systems of the mind; atypical language development. You will also be introduced some of the most important theoretical debates in the study of language in the 20th and 21st century such as the contrast between Chomskyan linguistics and earlier Structuralist and Behaviourist approaches, and the contrast between formalism and functionalism.      
How does the brain transform thoughts into speech? How can we process the language we hear so effortlessly? You will examine the psycholinguistic models that aim to explain our unique ability to produce and understand speech, and to communicate through language.                  
You will develop an understanding of the global context of English language teaching and of the approaches, materials, and techniques of English language teaching to non-native speakers. You will be introduced to language learning needs analysis and develop the ability to plan and manage sequences of English        language lessons.                  
This module contextualises post-war British theatre in terms of naturalism, the avant-garde and the epic mode. A range of play texts will be explored in relation to form, narrative, action and character while exploring the ways in which they engage with issues of class, sexuality, gender and national identity.                        
This module combines critical and creative study of some of the most exciting poetry written in the last fifty years. You Each seminar-workshop will offer practical exercises in composition in order to aid understanding of the aesthetic and political decisions being made.                        
This module puts theory into practice as we examine the literary history of biography, consider the issues and tensions raised by the post-modern context, and explore them in our own biographical writing. Subsequent sessions will address these questions via a number of themes, including: the history of        biography as a literary practice; historical biography; literary biography; celebrity biography through the ages; theoretical approaches to the practice of biography; and innovations within the genre. The researching and writing of your own biographical work will be a key element of the classes.                  
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.            
A chance to explore in detail a topic of your choice in an extended piece of critical writing. You can choose to write a dissertation on language or literature.

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.

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Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
4 in appropriate subjects; English and Maths GCSE grade C
UCAS tariff points 104-120 points
GCE A level A2 to include either English language, English literature, English language/ literature. General studies accepted
BTEC National Diploma DMM
BTEC Higher National Diploma Applicants will be considered for entry into year 2
Foundation Degree Applicants may be considered for entry into year 2 or 3. Applicants are normally invited to bring a portfolio of work to an interview.
Scottish Highers 104-120 points, preferably with a grade B in English
Irish Leaving Certificate 120 points, preferably with a grade B or above in English Language/Literature or English Language
International Baccalaureate 30-31 points
Access to HE QAA Approved- Merit in majority of components at Level 3. (English Language, English Literature, English Langauge/Literature.

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.

Personal Statement

We are looking for creative, enthusiastic and highly motivated students who are genuinely interested in creative writing and drama. You should be comfortable working with others, have good communication skills and read widely.

You do not need to be a published writer or experienced performer, but you should have some experience of theatre or drama and your interest in and passion for the written word should be evident.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

Applicant profile

We are looking for highly motivated students who are genuinely interested in the study of literature and language. You should be someone who enjoys reading widely and has an active analytical mind. You should be able to demonstrate concise and accurate written English and a good knowledge of grammar; you should be able to work and research independently and have excellent organisational skills

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £12,660 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £12,300 per year

Additional costs

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


100% of students say the course is well organised and is running smoothlyNSS 2010

Teaching on the course takes place in:

  • Lectures: a formal method of teaching, with one lecturer addressing a large group of students from different courses
  • Tutorials: an informal method of small-group teaching that is student-oriented and often student-led
  • Seminars: an informal teaching situation which tends to be a mixture of tutor-led and student-led discussion
  • Interactive computer resources
  • Individual supervision
  • Student-directed study where projects are assigned and deadlines given.
  • We place emphasis on students acquiring individual transferable skills as well as developing knowledge and skills important to analytical processes.

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BA (Hons) English Literature student Rhian Nicholas on her final project and her experience of studying English Literature at Salford.


You will be assessed through a combination of exams and coursework such as essays, presentations and portfolios. Most modules incorporate some form of assessment at a relatively early stage of the course in order to allow you to identify your strengths and weaknesses prior to undertaking your final exam/essay/project.


After graduation, students can go into teaching, publishing, journalism, advertising, PR, or events as well as a wide range of graduate jobs. This course would also provide an ideal platform for postgraduate study.

English literature is valued by employers who recognise that graduates are very well equipped for a range of career paths requiring good communication, clear presentation of arguments and ideas, and the ability to understand and evaluate complex information. With a strong set of transferable skills, you will be extremely well prepared for a professional career in a wide range of working environments. The degree is also excellent preparation for further study at MA level, including the MA in Literature, Culture and Modernity at Salford.

Our graduates have also gone on to pursue careers with arts and culture organisations (including the Museum of Science and Industry); publishing; local government and the Civil Service (including the Department for Work and Pensions); Teaching (primary, secondary, further and higher education); management in the commercial and business sector (including the TSB, the AA, WH Smith and Nationwide); administration (including the NHS); teaching English overseas; journalism; broadcasting (including ITV Yorkshire) and the law (including the Citizens’ Advice Bureau).

Career Prospects

Alumni Profile

'My experience as a student on this course was both stimulating and challenging thanks to the variety of modules on offer and the opportunity to expand my knowledge and understanding of English Language while still being able to dedicate myself to my passion for English Literature. My degree has enabled me to diversify my CV since I am now able to teach not only within the field of English literature but also on English language, an asset which is reassuring and valuable particularly in the current job climate.’

Nadine Muller, Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural History, Liverpool John Moores University.

After gaining her BA (Hons) in English Literature with English Language from the University of Salford in 2008, she moved on to begin a PhD in English Literature at the University of Hull the same year, funded by an institutional 80th Anniversary Doctoral Scholarship. She was officially awarded her doctorate in February 2012 and took up her post at LJMU six months later. Her research covers Victorian and neo-Victorian literature and culture, contemporary women’s fiction, and cultural histories of women, gender, and feminism from the nineteenth century through to the present day.

Links with Industry

This course responds to the needs of industry in developing subject expertise and transferable skills appropriate to a wide range of careers. We have close associations with industry and professional bodies such as:

  • BBC TV and Radio
  • Granada TV
  • Knives Forks and Spoons Press
  • Erbacce Press
  • The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
  • The Theatre Royal, Hyde
  • Octagon Theatre, Bolton
  • Oxford University Press
  • The British Library
  • The National Library of Scotland
  • Scottish Language Dictionaries
  • The Scottish Parliament

This provides you with a number of benefits such as theatre visits, networking opportunities, guest speakers, and work experience opportunities. For students interested in working in the creative industries or in literary research in particular, this is invaluable.

Further Study


New Adelphi is the home of the School of Arts & Media and contains state-of-the-art facilities including a theatre, performance and rehearsal spaces, photography and recording studios, cafe areas, computer suites and a roof terrace.

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