Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This course allows you to combine the study of literary texts with the study of history. It enables you to gain a command of the social and political circumstances in which the writing of literature has taken place, as well as of the texts themselves.

You will be able to develop your knowledge and understanding of the key periods, themes, styles and techniques in literary studies, and be able to use that learning in critical form. You will also develop a substantial body of knowledge and understanding of the modern history of London, Britain and Europe, including in the global context.

The course will give you the skills and knowledge to enter careers with a significant element of research, such as in broadcasting, journalism, teaching or publishing. It will also equip you with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Depending on whether the course is taken as a joint Honours or a major/ minor combination, the balance of the two subject areas varies. In Year 3 you can complete a dissertation in English literature or history.

English Literature 

You will be able to study literature from a wide range of periods and genres from Shakespeare to the present day, including non-fiction texts as well as novels, poetry and drama. In the first year you will develop your skills, knowledge and confidence in literary studies in the context of our small group tutorial system. In the second and third years a wide range of option modules are offered; through these studies you will develop a deep understanding of literature and its place in British culture, and be able to relate the study of English literature to the broader context of Western history and thought.

History 

You will have access to a wide variety of interesting modules, many of them unique to Westminster. Our focus is explicitly modern, but within a very broad geographical sweep. There are core modules in modern British and European history and we provide advanced research training to prepare you for your dissertation. We offer options on the fascinating history of London in peace and at war, along with an extensive range of other modules. You can also take a credit-bearing internship in a museum, library or archive in London.

The main modes of teaching are seminars, workshops, lectures and field trips, but much of your learning is independent, conducted beyond the classroom (individually and in groups) in the library, at home, and via online learning. Assessment methods include essays, critical analyses, exams, presentations, journals, portfolios and your dissertation. 

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include: 

  • Blood and Iron. The Making of the Modern World Part One: 1750-1914
  • Conflict and Commemoration: War and Memory in Twentieth-century Europe
  • Cosmopolis: London Since 1960
  • Keywords for Literary Studies
  • English Literature and History Tutorial
  • Imperial Capital World City: London 1750-1914
  • Poetry and Politics
  • Shakespeare and Performance
  • The Blitz: Image Impact Legacy 1940-1951
  • Metropolis: London and Modernity
  • What is Literature?

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include: 

  • Civil War to Civil Rights: USA 1850-1970
  • Democracy and Dictatorship: The Making of the Modern World 1914-1990
  • Jack the Ripper
  • English Literature/History Tutorial
  • Making Memory: Culture History and Representation
  • Monsters
  • New Liberals to New Labour British Politics 1906-2010
  • History Internship
  • The Nineteenth Century
  • The Novel
  • Modern Ireland
  • The Past in the Present: London Museums
  • Travel Sickness: Narratives of Exploration and Disaster
  • Writing Revolutions

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Anglo-French Relations since 1914
  • Churchill
  • Cinema as a Source for Historians
  • Suez and British Decolonization
  • Divided Society: Britain in the 20th Century
  • The Women’s Movement in Twentieth-century Britain and Canada
  • History Dissertation
  • International Organisations in an Age of Global Conflict and Change
  • Britain and Northern Ireland 1968-1998
  • Issues in Culture
  • English and History Dissertation
  • Britain and Germany since 1945
  • Modernism
  • Satire and the City
  • Special Topic
  • Tragedy: Ancient to Modern
  • Vichy France 1940-1944
  • Fiction after 1950

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

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Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • A levels – BBC, including English or Humanities subject
  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points including a minimum of 5 in Higher English
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended/Diploma/Subsidiary – DMM in creative subject/Diploma DM with A Level English or Humanities subject, grade C or above/BC at A level including a humanities subject plus Merit in Subsidiary Diploma
  • Access to HE Diploma - Humanities: 45 credits at Level 3, with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction, plus at least grade C in Maths and English GCSEs

If we require an IELTS test from you, the minimum score is 6.0 in each element.

A portfolio of creative writing may be required in addition to these academic qualifications.

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Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points including a minimum of 5 in Higher English

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

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Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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International tuition fee: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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International student funding

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Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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Additional costs information

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Course Location

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