During your first year, you will study a range of modules which foster the development of core skills to be employed throughout the rest of your degree. The modules will help you to embed subject knowledge and creative awareness in order for you to be fully prepared for year 2. As well as taking your compulsory English Literature and Creative Writing modules, there is flexibility in your first year programme to take some modules from any subject offered by the University.
Years 2 and 3 demand more of you in terms of the range of reading, intellectual challenge, and assessment. You will be supported to make the best decisions for your aims and interests, and you will be encouraged to meet your Academic Advisor, the Subject Coordinator for English, or the Programme Lead for English Literature and Creative Writing, who will be able to help you devise a programme that is right for you. Here, however, are some things you might want to consider:
- Is a semester studying abroad something that you want to explore?
- Are you interested in including the Work Placement module?
- Are you interested in developing particular areas of study?
- Are you interested in taking English Language or Stylistics modules?
Once you have fulfilled the compulsory elements of your programme you can fill up the remaining credits with specialist study, so use your time here to start thinking about what kind of graduate you want to be.
As a second year student you will engage with literature and language study, starting to specialise in the areas you find most interesting and stimulating. You will also deepen and broaden your understanding of creative practice through looking at forms such as the crime novel, the sonnet, and the non-fictional travel narrative.
In your final year you’ll begin advanced level study with an increasing emphasis on independent learning and small group teaching in specialist classes run by tutors researching and publishing in that particular field of literary study.
The Contemporary Literature module gives you the opportunity to reflect on writing that have been produced within the last ten years. The Independent Study module allows for other kinds of project, including ones involving employment experience.
Through the ‘Creative Writing (Advanced)’ module, you will develop your writing skills with a view to a possible submission to publishers. You will also take the ‘Major Project in Creative Writing’ module, which allows you the opportunity to produce 10,000 words (or equivalent) of your own writing including a critical commentary. On this project you will work one-to-one with a member of the Creative Writing team. You may also wish to take the Dissertation module in English Literature where you can spend a year studying a topic or author that most inspires you.
Study modules Throughout your studies you will have a wide choice of modules, allowing you to pursue your interests. We regularly review and update the modules we offer as part of our quality assurance framework, so it is possible that the options available to you will differ slightly from those listed here.
Culture, Criticism and Literature
Culture, Criticism and Literature 2
Creative Writing (Introduction)
Critical Theory in Action
Optional Modules (English Literature):
Optional Modules (Drama):
Texts in Performance
Approaches to Performance
If you are interested in taking Drama modules at a later date in your course, you must first complete Approaches to Performance.
Years 2 and 3
Creative Writing (Intermediate)
Alternative Compulsory Modules
Two must be completed:
Landscapes and Mindscapes
Crime, Culture and Transgression
American Vistas: Literature and Culture of the USA
The Culture of Modernity
Single Credit Optional Modules (English Literature):
Special Topics: Periods
Special Topics: Genres
Special Topics: Stylistics
Special Topics: Themes
Optional Modules (Drama):
British Theatre 1950 – Present
Renaissance Tragedy and Comedy
Other Optional Modules:
Hollywood and Europe
Opera and Politics
Theatre and Theory
Methodology of Foreign Language Teaching
Creative Writing (Advanced)
Major Project in Creative Writing
Double Credit Honours Modules
Contemporary Literature (Synoptic)
English Literature Dissertation
Double Credit ‘Alternative Compulsory’ Honours Modules
One must be completed:
Advanced Options 1
Advanced Options 2
Advanced Options 3
Independent study in English Literature Studies
We have great connections and contacts with local employers in a number of areas (such as museum work, the leisure industry, marketing and PR organisations, charities and NGOs). The department also contributes to a number of careers events with local, national and international employers and has forged links through research-based activities with a variety of creative arts, healthcare and environmental projects.
You can explore possible careers and gain credits through the optional Work Placement Module. You’ll build on the skills and knowledge you have gained to engage with professionals in the fields of publishing, journalism, education, cultural heritage and literary history.
Recent placements have included the Oxford Literary Festival, Oxford Story Museum, and Oxfam. You’ll learn the skills necessary to make you employable after graduation, and establish valuable links that will enhance your future employment prospects.
Students organise placements themselves, and Oxford Brookes Careers Centre is on hand to provide you with assistance in finding your own placement. You are responsible for your own travel and associated costs, therefore it is advised that you organise placements bearing this in mind. Oxfordshire based placements, such as at Pegasus Theatre, are accessible via public transport – a trip which is included on the Brookes Bus route, whilst placements in London will incur higher travel costs. It is encouraged that you explore opportunities for your placement provider to cover travel costs if you opt for a placement which is not local.
The English Literature programme has links with many universities across the world, and it is possible to spend a semester experiencing another country and culture via the Study Abroad programme. Our students have studied at our partner universities in Australia, the United States, Canada, and English-speaking universities in Norway and Denmark.
Tuition fees are paid as they would be if you remained in the UK, either to Oxford Brookes via your Student Loan or directly to Oxford Brookes according to your preference.
You will be responsible for all other costs such as accommodation, purchasing your airfares, travel and health insurance and visas.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
We do not expect students to purchase any compulsory course books, as they are all available in the library. If students wish to purchase additional books to supplement their reading, this is at their own discretion.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published
on the website. For more information, please visit our
Changes to programmes