BA (Hons) Media and English Literature

BA (Hons) Media and English Literature

In both Literature and Media, we are concerned with how texts and different forms of popular culture are formed by and have an impact upon the world around them. You will investigate the styles, techniques and artistic decisions behind these texts. However, you will also always be thinking about their relevance to the political, social and historical contexts they are part of.

On your literature modules you will have the opportunity to choose from a varied selection of periods and genres. You will not study only well known classics, you will also expand your understanding by going beyond the canon to hear from voices on the margins of literary tradition.

In your Media modules you will broaden your knowledge further by engaging with many different forms of media. You will investigate the history, nature and impact of media. As with our literature modules, you will go beyond a traditional western view of media to take a global view. You will also reflect on the power dynamics behind contemporary media, and consider how media responds to and impacts on the biggest political and social issues of our time.

There are many opportunities for you to go beyond the classroom and get more from your degree. This might include:

  • Getting involved with the writing, publishing and promotion of Neutral magazine
  • Attending talks and workshops at the annual York Literature Festival
  • Taking part in field trips, which could include an international trip in your final year

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

These broad, versatile subjects can lead to many different careers. This is a great choice if you want to keep your options open. You will gain valuable skills in writing, analytical thinking, creativity, use of digital technology, time management, problem solving, public speaking and more.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Publishing
  • Editing and copywriting
  • Journalism
  • Marketing or PR
  • Writing or producing for TV and film
  • Advertising

Course Details

Year 1

Media, Culture and Society
Introduction to Literary Studies 1
Introduction to Literary Studies 2
Theorising Literature: Power and Identity
Media Research
Writing, Research and Literature
Media, Publics and Power
Mediated Identities
Media Evolution and History
Critical Perspectives

Year 2

Literature at Work
Media Enterprise
Culture, Controversy and Media
Music and Media
Visual Culture
Imaginary Worlds: Researching Science Fiction
Mapping America
Literary Theory
Civil War to Civil Society: British Literature, 1640-1740
Gothic, Romanticism and Revolution
Sick Novels: Literature and Disease
Shakespeare: Perspectives
Conflicting Words
Convergence Cultures

Year 3

Research Now I and II
Writing the Caribbean
The Victorian Novel: Realism, Sensation, Naturalism
The Experimental Century: Cultural Change in the Twentieth Century
Gothic Origins
The Making of Modern Drama
American Radicals: Outside the Canon
Cultures of the Now: Contemporary Writing
Gender and Sexualities (English Literature)
Media Spaces
Gender and Sexualities (Media)
Pop Americana: Contemporary Popular Culture

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