BA (Hons) English

Where else would you get the opportunity to study Milton and Malcolm X, Jane Austen and Ali Smith, and even spend a summer working in the United States?

The LJMU English programme is taught by a large and diverse team, all of whom are active in research and publication, and bring that curiosity, enthusiasm and innovation to the classroom. Our degree will take you from literary classics to popular fiction, expanding your knowledge of British, Irish, American and other world cultures, and focusing on the complex and dynamic relationship between literature and its historical contexts. You will be exploring the work of canonical authors like Shakespeare, Blake, Eliot and Woolf, as well as contemporary writers such as Kazuo Ishiguro and Monica Ali. We are interested in many different forms of writing, such as children’s fiction, travel writing, protest literature, personal diaries, journalism, and visual and filmic interpretations too. Some of our modules will ask you to address a particular period, such as the 1660s, the late nineteenth century or the 1950s; others explore how certain themes (madness, for example, or imperialism) have been interpreted by writers through a broader historical sweep. We are particular proud to offer you a diverse portfolio of option modules, giving you the opportunity both to explore topics that are new to you, but also to deepen your understanding of your own particular research interests. Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminar-workshops, peer presentations and film-screenings, and online groups give you the opportunity to further discuss ideas and issues that arise in the classroom.

We are dedicated to developing the skills that, as an LJMU English graduate, you will have to offer to employers in your chosen profession. In your first year with us, you will pass the first stage of LJMU’s unique employability award, and can take this valuable qualification further in subsequent years. Every LJMU English student takes one of our two work-related learning modules, English Work Experience and Working in the USA. Both give you the chance to gain credit for planning for and reflecting upon a diverse range of professional experiences in the UK, Europe and the USA, including teaching, journalism, community work, Summer Camps, and the ambitious heritage project Shakespeare North. Recent LJMU English projects such as ‘Social Media for Students’ and ‘Blogging Beyond the Classroom’ have also offered applicants internship opportunities to further enhance their cvs. The experience you develop through these opportunities will be supported and enhanced by the University’s World of Work Careers Service and its wide range of training and information services.

In the 2014 NSS Student Survey, we scored 97% for overall student satisfaction, and are very proud to have been voted amongst the best English programmes in the country by our students.

Interested in applying to study English at LJMU? Please click here for the LJMU Factfile, which gives you all the information you’ll need.

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