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
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.
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
- World Literature (English Literature)
- Texts in Performance (Drama)
- Approaches to Performance (Drama)
If you are interested in taking Drama modules at a later date in your
course, you must first complete Approaches to Performance.
- 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
- Work Placement
Optional Modules (Drama)
- British Theatre 1950 – Present
- Renaissance Tragedy and Comedy
Other Optional Modules
- Hollywood and Europe
- Screening Realism
- 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.
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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