Undergraduate BA (Hons)

English Literature




Three year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

Do you know your Austen from your Orwell? Your Conrad from your Woolf? Whether you are a self-proclaimed bookworm, practising poet, or budding academic, this English Literature degree provides the tools that you need to take the first step in your literary career.

Over the course of three years, you will delve into the world of words, studying literature through the lens of diverse theoretical perspectives including Marxism, feminism, and ecocriticism. You will critically analyse literature from a wide range of genres – from Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, to Irish literature, and contemporary poetry.

If you are looking for a course with an interdisciplinary focus, studying English Literature at Salford means that you will also have the chance to choose from modules which specialise in language, film adaptation, and creative writing, giving you the opportunity to tailor your studies to the areas of literature that interest you most.

You can follow our #EnglishatSalford InstagramTwitter and Facebook accounts, which are led by our English teaching staff; here, you can find out how we tell our story through English Literature, English Language, Creative Writing, and Drama.

You will:

  • Learn from internationally renowned researchers who bring their commitment and enthusiasm to their teaching
  • Develop your ability to analyse critically pieces of literature and present written arguments with clarity and persuasion
  • Gain the skills and knowledge needed to take the first step in your professional literary career

options available


students accepted

This is for you if...


You have a passion for literature and want to develop a thorough knowledge of literary history, theory, and criticism


You read widely and can critically analyse the themes, plots, and language used in texts


You are creative, enthusiastic, and highly motivated

Course details

All about the course

Throughout the course of your studies, you will explore innovative approaches to English Literature, investigating a range of periods and genres. Your core modules will cover key literary periods and they will equip you with the skills you need to place texts within their cultural and historical context.

As your studies progress, you will select optional modules which will enable you to focus on the areas of literature that best align with your academic interests and career aspirations. Whether you are interested in children’s literature, the Gothic, postcolonial African writing, or Early Modern drama, you will develop skills in textual analysis and critical thinking while studying a subject that you love.

Most importantly, you will learn from leading academic staff who actively research and publish within the field.

Sound interesting? Find out more about what each module involves in our full course breakdown below.

Year one

Critical Skills in the Twenty-First Century

In this module, you will be introduced to the skills required for life in contemporary society. The module covers skills such as the following: argumentation, critical thinking, and clarity in written expression. Critical skills are practiced through the filter of “big ideas,” ranging from artificial intelligence to ecocriticism.

Discovering Literature

Writing and storytelling are as vital now as they have been since history began to be recorded by writers and storytellers. In this module, you will explore and learn about the importance of these fundamentals of literature from different approaches, different forms, and different periods in their use in various media across time.

Narrative, Fiction, and the Novel

Ranging from nineteenth-century novelists such as Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy to postmodern writers such as Graham Swift and Jeanette Winterson, this module examines the history of narrative by tracing the development of narrative strategies and cultural themes, including gender and class.

Popular Fictions

You will be introduced to key concepts fundamental to the study of popular fiction, including those critical attitudes which mediate attitudes towards it. The module develops knowledge of the publishing industry and literary genres and provides a focus on crime literature spanning from Conan Doyle’s Adventures of Sherlock Holmes to The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

Year two

The Romantic Period: the Sublime and the Gothic

The Romantic Period was a time of revolution when radical writers began to argue for the natural rights of mankind. On this module, you will study the literature that emerged in a time of revolution while exploring how a range of writers experimented with new literary forms and styles, including the Gothic mode: a form of writing that captured contemporaneous anxieties in monstrous, terrifying, and horrific forms. By exploring ideas relating to nature, childhood, empire, and the self, you will study the ways in which the “spirit of the age” was expressed through the revolutionary compositions of Romantic writers. 

Victorian Literature: Progress and Panic

On this module, you will analyse novels, poetry, plays, and autobiography from the beginning of the Victorian era to the late nineteenth-century fin de siècle. The module covers a range of issues, including class, crime, sexuality, empire, urban experience, women’s writing, and identity. It encourages an appreciation of the diversity of nineteenth-century literary, social, intellectual, and political activities and invites a reassessment of received ideas about the Victorians.

Optional modules may include:

Utopias and Dystopias

Idealised human societies—utopias—have played an important role in the development of literature, sociology, and politics. These Brave New Worlds have envisaged societies where economic and gender divisions are largely eliminated and where science and a moral approach to economic resources is the norm. Authors have also been interested in what happens when a society follows opposite aims to produce social order: when, that is, a dystopian nightmare dominates social life. On this module, you will learn to understand utopian and dystopian texts by studying authors such as Thomas More, William Morris, H. G. Wells, E. M. Forster, Katherine Burdekin, Philip K. Dick , George Orwell, and Ray Bradbury.

Literature, Adaptation and the Screen

On this module, you will study a range of literary texts and their screen counterparts, including SherlockPsycho, and Gone Girl. By encouraging you to consider and explore the relationships between literature and screen adaptations, the module will explore the distinctiveness of both cultural forms while investigating the problems of generating visual and dialogic substitutes for psychological and narrative complexity. You will learn about theories of adaptation and the integral role of technical arts such as scenography, music, and sound production; further, you will also learn about techniques associated with writing film and TV synopses, treatments, and step outlines.

21st Century Women’s Writing

This module explores a range of contemporary texts written by women and includes novels and other forms of writing such as manifestos, graphic novels, feminist history writing, and TV shows and music. As a consequence, you will learn about the socio-political and cultural climate of today’s society as it affects and is shaped by women.

Introduction to Children’s Literature

You will look at the development of literature for children since 1744 and examine how child development determines the content within texts written for children. You will scrutinise the texts from many angles and you may even produce texts for children.

Analysing Media Texts

In this module, you will explore what constitutes a media text in the 21st century. You will learn how to deconstruct media texts using tools from linguistics in order to explore ideology and manipulation in texts. You will analyse a variety of media texts ranging from news reports and advertisements to political speeches and social media by using qualitative and quantitative methods from discourse analysis.

From Salvation to Damnation: Religion, Sex, and Identity in English Drama 1500-1630

On this module, you will look at dramatic texts other than Shakespeare’s from the late Medieval to the Jacobean period, investigating 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 of staging and stagecraft from the period in order to encourage an appreciation of how those traditions were kept alive on the stage.  

The Female Gothic

This module explores a selection of Gothic novels, novellas, short stories, and films, working to trace the development of the Female Gothic in fiction from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. By exploring the significance and the effects of various recurrent tropes—including the uncanny, Gothic spaces, the absent/dead mother, abjection, and the monstrous feminine—you will be introduced to the themes of Gothic writing and to the specialised vocabulary of and theoretical approaches to the Female Gothic.

Page to Stage: Drama Texts in Translation

On this module, you will learn how to approach dramatic texts in translation in addition to interrogating the relationships between actor, director, and dramaturg as the central means of moving a theatre text from page to stage. In your studies, you will examine naturalistic performance systems and key aspects of the director’s function through the practical exploration of selected texts in translation.

World Literature and the Environment

On this module, you will examine how global literature engages with environmental concerns, including climate change, species endangerment and extinction, food and water security, and waste and pollution. We will consider a variety of forms and perspectives used by writers from Africa, India, the Americas, the Pacific Islands, and elsewhere in order to uncover how global literatures represent and respond to various environments and crises and how they express resistance, develop strategies of mitigation, and envision solutions.

Work Placement Module (English)

On the work placement module, you will have the opportunity to fulfil a module of study by finding and completing an internship or work placement related to your degree. While on your placement, you will be assigned an academic tutor from the English discipline. The tutor will meet with you to discuss the progress of your placement, help you think about what you are learning, and establish goals.

University Wide Language Programme

This module provides the opportunity to learn or develop a language with the University-wide language programme.

Year three


This module explores the formal, conceptual, and ideological complexities of the Modernist Period, analysing different and often contrasting traditions within the period. You will examine a number of the most significant formal features and thematic issues within modernist theory and practice: fragmentation, interior monologue, the decentred self, the experience of the metropolis, the relation between gender and writing, technological transformation, and modernist cinema. Movements such as Futurism and Cubism and stylistic innovations in a range of cultural forms will also be discussed and linked to the above issues.


This module explores a range of post-war and 21st-century texts and links them with debates around the nature of postmodernism. These texts will be used to reflect on central literary critical issues such as authorship, narrative structure, linear progression, and identity which are problematised by postmodern theories. The selected texts include films, novels, novellas, short stories, and are not confined to British sources.

Optional modules may include: 


The Dissertation module provides you with an opportunity to undertake an independent and challenging research project under the guidance of a member of academic staff. The dissertation expands and hones your research skills, strengthening your ability to engage with complex materials in a productive way and preparing you for further study or a career in the workplace.


Teaching Masterclass (English)

This module is for students who are interested in developing and transforming the knowledge which they have gained on their degree programme into practical teaching skills. You will explore fundamental theories of pedagogy and apply them to practice in the classroom, role playing teaching situations and learning how to devise a basic lesson plan in the fields of Literature, Creative Writing, Language, and Drama. This module will develop interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills, and it will help to prepare you for transition to a PGCE.

Biography: Tradition and Innovation

This module introduces you to the rich, innovative, and subversive traditions of biography as well as ground-breaking contemporary practice. The module will explore the following issues: biography as autobiography; biography as fiction; biography as poetry; biography as visual text; biography as political critique; and biography as a way of understanding our world. Postmodern concerns about what we understand by “reality,” “life,” representation, subjectivity, and “truth” will underpin our explorations, and you will be guided through a range of key research and writing techniques as you embark upon your own biographical project.

Visual Text

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 readers and critics often have difficulty sustaining their awareness of its dual nature. This module is devoted to engaging with the visual delivery of text, its possibilities, and its potential to alter and influence meaning, storytelling, and criticism. You will engage in close textual analysis, and you will be encouraged to question the creative decisions behind the presentation of a wide variety of texts, including graffiti, site-specific writing, illustrated and illustrative writing, graphic novels, concrete and shaped text, and text-based animations.

Rebels, Villains and Discontented Minds

The subject of this module is ‘disobedience’: how it was defined, represented, condemned, and (on occasions) celebrated in sixteenth and seventeenth-century English literature. In particular, you will study the many ways in which authors structure specific discourses around socially marginal characters and outcasts (villains, malcontents, and prostitutes) whose distinctive qualities can include a disruptive and sarcastic verbal idiom as key figures in the contemporary cultural and historical discourse.

Post/Colonial African Literature

This module explores how postcolonial theory can be used to analyse a range of nineteenth- to twenty-first century African literatures, including novels, short stories, and graphic narratives. You will develop the theoretical grounding to aid your analysis of African literature in relation to ideas of race, empire, national identity, language, conflict, and the environment. Collectively, we will consider literature from diverse locations, including South Africa, Rwanda, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe, in ways attuned to cultural, historical, linguistic, and local contexts.

British Theatre Post-1950

This module contextualises post-war British theatre in terms of naturalism, the avant-garde, political contexts, and the epic mode. Examining a varied range of play texts, you will consider the ways in which British theatre since the Second World War has engaged with issues of class, sexuality, gender, and national identity and how form, narrative, action, and character have evolved in different contexts.

Shakespeare and the Play of Thought

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.

Alternative Ulster

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 variety 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.

University Wide Language Programme

This module provides the opportunity to learn or develop a language with the University-wide language programme.

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.

What will I be doing?


As part of your English Literature degree, your timetable will include a breakdown of your scheduled lessons with timeslots for you to be able to explore your independent research interests.

Your classes will be based at our Peel Park Campus. Teaching and learning on the course can involve a range of methods and resources.

Lectures will deliver a formal method of teaching, with one lecturer addressing a large group of students from different courses, while tutorials offer an informal method of small-group teaching that is student-oriented and often student-led. Seminars are another informal teaching situation which tends to be a mixture of tutor-led and student-led discussion

In addition to these sessions, you will have access to interactive computer resources which are available for you to use during your studies. You will also take part in student-directed study, which is where projects and deadlines are assigned.


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

As part of the core modules on this course, you will undertake three exams.


All of our English courses are delivered by the Salford School of Arts, Media, and Creative Technology. Our focus is to ensure that you have the skills you need to pursue your intellectual and career interests, and we encourage our students, past and present, to collaborate with each other and to achieve great things.

Each year—through the Create Student Awards—our School rewards the incredible achievements and successes of our final year and postgraduate students.

Whatever you choose to study with us, you will be mentored and supported by experts. And once you graduate, it will not end there. You will join a thriving alumni network across Greater Manchester and beyond, which means that you will be supported professionally and personally whenever you need it.


Are you interested in learning your craft by using the same type of equipment that you will use when you are working? Study with us, and you will become confident and comfortable with industry-standard kits and facilities. You will not simply be left to work it out on your own—our experienced tutors and technicians will show you how to master everything that we have on offer.

Explore our English facilities at the University of Salford.


Are you looking to learn more about the background of our English tutors and demonstrators or put a face to a name?

Find out who will work with you throughout your academic journey at the University of Salford.

Explore the English faculty at the University of Salford

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What about after uni?


Wondering where a degree in English Literature can take your career?

Many of our recent graduates have gone on to pursue careers in literary research and postgraduate work, specialising in the area of literature they feel most passionate about. Others have established successful careers in related industries, including publishing, teaching, journalism, and broadcasting.

Many of our students have also landed roles in local government and the civil service, as well as working within the business and law sector. With the transferable skill sets you develop throughout your degree in English Literature, the possibilities really are endless.


Graduates showing strong academic and research skills can pursue a further postgraduate path through our Postgraduate programmes on a full-time or part-time basis subject to a satisfactory proposal.

A taste of what you could become

A writer

A teacher

A journalist

A publisher

And more...

Career Links

This English Literature course responds to the needs of industry in developing both transferable skills and subject expertise. We have close associations with literary, academic, and professional bodies such as the following:

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

Associations such as those ones listed above provide you with a number of benefits such as theatre visits, networking opportunities, guest speakers, masterclasses, workshops, and work experience opportunities.


What you need to know


Do you love getting lost in a good book? Are you looking for the opportunity to share your literary ideas with likeminded people? If so, you are the kind of applicant we are looking for.

To gain a place on this English Literature degree, you will need to be creative, enthusiastic, and highly-motivated. You should be comfortable working with others, have good communication skills, and, most importantly, read widely. You do not need to be a published author or poet, but your passion for the written word should be evident in your application.

You can follow our #EnglishatSalford InstagramTwitter and Facebook accounts, which are led by our English teaching staff; here, you can find out how we tell our story through English Literature, English Language, Creative Writing, and Drama.

Standard entry requirements


English Language at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent) is required. Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) is preferred but not essential.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

104-112 UCAS Tariff Points.

A level

104-112 UCAS Tariff Points to be obtained from a minimum of two A-Levels or equivalent; must include Grade C or above in a Humanities-based subject. General Studies accepted.

T level


BTEC National Diploma


BTEC Higher National Diploma

Applicants will be considered for entry into year 2

Access to HE

Pass Level 3 Access to HE Diploma with 104-112 UCAS Tariff Points. 

Scottish Highers

104-112 points.

Irish Leaving Certificate

104-112 points.

International Baccalaureate

30-31 points

European Baccalaureate

Pass Diploma at least 71% overall, including a humanities subject

International students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5.

We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take the Pre-Sessional English course to gain entry onto this degree.

Alternative entry requirements

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.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £9,250.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £15,720.00per year
Full-time home 2025/26 £9,250.00per year
Full-time international 2025/26 £16,500.00per year

Additional costs

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

Scholarships for International Students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. Explore our international scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025

UCAS information

Course ID Q300

Institution S03