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QV31 BA English and History (3 years)

‘You read widely, have a fascination with the past and enjoy the challenge of interpretation. English and History at Southampton offers you the opportunity to think about literature and history in absorbing and productive ways’.

Introducing your degree

The BA English and History degree gives you vivid understandings and experiences of our cultures -- social and political, artistic and intellectual, both past and present. It is an excellent grounding for work in museums and the Heritage industry, curating, archiving, government and policy making, journalism, media, law and publishing.

Overview

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Programme Structure

• In your first year, you will take a balance of English and History modules. Studying English you will explore the form and material context of different literary narratives, and debates in critical theory. In your History modules, you will examine the development of historiography, public history in contemporary media, and source analysis.

• In your second year you will choose from a wide range of histories and English literary topics from the Roman Empire to the early twenty-first century.

• In your final year you will consolidate your knowledge and skills as a historian and researcher in literary studies by completing a dissertation on a topic of your choice in either of your main subjects.

In all three years you have the option to take 25% of your programme in another subject.

For further details, see the full course map under ‘Modules’.

View the programme specification document for this course

Key Facts

Worldwide study opportunities in Europe, Asia and the Americas

We possess many collections of original historical documents, including the Wellington, Palmerston and Mountbatten papers and the Parkes Archives

Education driven by research
Education driven by research

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You can take this programme with a year abroad at one of our 173 partner institutions in over 24 countries – use code QV32 when you apply through UCAS.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB including Grades AB in English Literature (or a related subject*) and History (or a related subject*).

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.

We accept all A levels except General Studies.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at higher level, including 6 in higher level English Literature (or a related subject*) and History (or a related subject*)

*A English literature related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language, or Drama and Theatre Studies. A History related subject includes subjects such as English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. We may interview students without a Literature component in their A levels, due to the literary emphasis of our degree programmes.

International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in Reading and Writing, 6.5 in Listening and Speaking.

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Contextual Offers

 

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is ABB from three A levels including Grades AB in English Literature (or a related subject*) and History (or a related subject*) or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admission pages for more information.

 

Selection process:
Intake:
200
Average applications per place:
8

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

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Year 1

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Semester Two

You must take two history option courses, one of these must be a pre-1750 course.

Optional
ENGL1079
Stage and Screen
ENGL1080
Literary Transformations
ENGL1087
Group Research Project
ENGL1090
Theory & Criticism
ARCH1062
Wonderful things: World history in 40 objects
HIST1008
A Tudor Revolution in Government?
HIST1011
The First World War
HIST1012
Who is Anne Frank?
HIST1016
Masada: History and Myth
HIST1019
The First Crusade: Sources and Distortions
HIST1022
Childhood and Youth in Early Modern Society
HIST1074
The Battle of Agincourt
HIST1076
God’s Own Land: Exploring Pakistan’s Origins and History
HIST1084
Cities of the Dead: Death, Mourning and Remembrance in Victorian Britain
HIST1085
German Jews in Great Britain
HIST1087
Papal power in medieval Europe: crusades, heresy and clashes with kings
HIST1089
Histories of Empire
HIST1102
The End of the World: Apocalyptic Visions of History
HIST1103
The Collapse of Austria-Hungary
HIST1113
The Crimean War
HIST1119
The Long Summer? Edwardian Britain 1901-1914
HIST1125
When an empire falls: Culture and the British Empire, 1914-1960
HIST1136
Siena to Southampton: Medieval Towns and Cities
HIST1145
From Shah to Ayatollah: The Establishment of the Clerical Power in Iran (1979 to Today)
HIST1146
Joan of Arc: History behind the Myth
HIST1148
Castles: Military technology and social change from the middle ages to the modern
HIST1153
Alexander the Great and his legacy
HIST1171
Reagan’s America: Capitalism and Cold War
HIST1176
Eisenhower and the World: U.S. Foreign Policy in the 1950s
HIST1177
Twentieth-Century China

Year 2

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Semester One

English: Students normally choose either one double OR two single English modules

History: Students normally choose one double history module

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15 credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English, the other the equivalent credits in History.

Optional
ENGL2005
Romanticism
ENGL2011
Women, Writing and Modernity in Britain, 1790 - 1865
ENGL2012
Jewish Fictions
ENGL2027
Children’s Literature
ENGL2029
Modern Drama since the Second World War 2
ENGL2046
Images of Africa in Literature and Culture
ENGL2051
Objects of Desire
ENGL2073
Visions of Beowulf: new encounters with Anglo-Saxon culture
ENGL2077
Money and Meaning in American Fiction
ENGL2080
Queens, Devils and Players in Early Modern England
ENGL2083
Tales of Travel c.1000-1650: Idylls, Utopias, Monsters, and Cannibals
ENGL2087
Great Writers Steal: Creative Writing and Critical Thinking
ENGL2091
From Black and White to Colour: A Screen History of ‘Race’, Gender and Sexuality in Post-War Britain
ENGL2092
Women Writers Remixed ca. 1850—1915
ENGL2094
Victorian Feelings
FILM2019
Women and Hollywood
PHIL1019
Puzzles about Art and Literature
HIST2003
Power, Patronage and Politics in Early Modern England 1509-1660
HIST2035
The Struggle of the Czechs: From Serfdom to Stalinism
HIST2039
Imperialism and Nationalism in British India
HIST2049
Sin and Society, 1100-1500
HIST2051
The British Atlantic World
HIST2055
Ancient Rome: the First Metropolis
HIST2064
The Space Age
HIST2069
Knights and Chivalry
HIST2071
Celebrity, Media and Mass Culture, Britain 1888-1952
HIST2073
Jews in Germany before the Holocaust
HIST2082
Nelson Mandela: A South African life
HIST2085
Rebels with a Cause: The Historical Origins of Christianity
HIST2094
Wellington and the war against Napoleon
HIST2097
Napoleon and his legend
HIST2100
Retail Therapy: A journey through the cultural history of shopping
HIST2102
Discipline and Punish: Prisons and Prisoners in England 1775 - 1898
HIST2103
Self-inflicted - Extreme Violence, Politics and Power
HIST2106
In Hitler's Shadow: Eastern Europe 1918-1939
HIST2107
The Fall of imperial Russia
HIST2110
The Global Cold War
HIST2215
The Age of Discovery? c.1350-c.1650
HIST2216
Oil Burns The Hands: Power, Politics and Petroleum in Iraq, 1900-1958
HIST2217
From the mafia to the ultras: Conflict, violence and the Italian Republic from 1945 to the 1990s
HIST2218
Sex, Death and Money: the United Kingdom in the 1960s
HIST2219
Ritual Murder: The Antisemitic Blood Libel from Twelfth-Century England to twentieth-century Russia
HIST2221
Modern Germany, 1870-1945
Semester Two

English: Students normally choose either one double OR two single English modules
History: Students normally choose one double history module

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15 credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English, the other the equivalent credits in History.

Optional
ENGL2001
Modern American Poetry
ENGL2010
Postcolonial Texts and Context
ENGL2052
Images of Women
ENGL2061
The Nineteenth-Century Novel
ENGL2063
Problems in Shakespeare: text, print and performance
ENGL2075
Brief Encounters: Writing Short Stories
ENGL2076
Creative Writing after Modernism
ENGL2078
Scriptwriting
ENGL2079
Contemporary Women’s Writing
ENGL2085
The Enlightenment Body
ENGL2089
Poems, Books and Anthologies
ENGL2093
Contemporary Fiction and Visual Culture
ENGL2095
Patriots and Cosmopolitans: African modes of belonging
ENGL2096
Making New York Modern
ENGL2097
Arthurian Worlds
FILM2002
Early and Silent Cinema, 1895-1929
PHIL2001
Aesthetics
HIST2004
The Making of Englishness
HIST2031
Stalin and Stalinism
HIST2036
The Hundred Years War
HIST2045
Cleopatra’s Egypt
HIST2053
Habsburg Spain, 1469-1700: The Rise and Decline of the first European Superpower

HIST2076 The First British Empire: the beginnings of English dominance, 1050-1300

HIST2086
Building London 1666 – 2012
HIST2087
Islamism – from the 1980s to the present
HIST2090
Britain’s Global Empire, 1750–1870
HIST2091
Underworlds. A cultural history of urban nightlife in the 19th and 20th centuries
HIST2096
Evolution of US Counterterrorism
HIST2108
The Making of Modern India
HIST2109
Ancient Greeks at War
HIST2220
Witchcraft in England, 1542-1736
HIST2222
Ragtime! The Making of Modern America
HIST2223
Myth and the Ancient World
HIST2224
Children in Europe 1933-1950: Holocaust, War, Displacement and Survival

Year 3

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Semester One

History dissertation (HIST3021) students should take a HIST Special Subject part 1 (double module) or HIST Alternative History (double module) plus two English single modules OR, alternatively, HIST Special Subject part 1 (double module) or HIST Alternative History (double module) and one English double module.

English dissertation (ENGL3016) students should take a HIST Special Subject part 1 (double module) and either one English double module or two English single module.

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15 credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English, the other the equivalent credits in History.

Optional
ENGL3003
Rakes and Libertines
ENGL3004
Writing The Novel
ENGL3015
Fantasy Film and Fiction
ENGL3039
Sweatshops, Sex Workers and Asylum Seekers: World Literature and Visual Culture after Globalisation
ENGL3047
Literature and Culture from the Middle East
ENGL3053
Chaucer and his World
ENGL3056
Victorian Bestsellers
ENGL3062
Nuclear explosions, genetic engineering, and climate change: How literature has held the sciences to account since 1945
ENGL3069
Love and Death in Africa’s Cities
ENGL3078
Queens, Devils and Players in Early Modern England
ENGL3079
Visions of Beowulf: New Encounters with Anglo-Saxon Culture
ENGL3081
Money and Meaning in American Fiction
ENGL3086
Eve and the Angels: Love, War, and the End of Epic in Milton’s Paradise Lost
ENGL3088
Sex and the City in Stuart Drama
ENGL3089
Literatures of Islands and Oceans
ENGL2012
Jewish Fictions
ENGL2087
Great Writers Steal: Creative Writing and Critical Thinking
GERM3016
Language and the City
HIST3042
From Tyranny to Revolution: England 1625-49: Part 1
HIST3054
The Third Reich 1
HIST3060
The Holocaust 1
HIST3072
The Late Russian Empire, Society, Ethnicity and Culture l
HIST3116
Between Private Memory and public history
HIST3119
Music and History
HIST3123
Slavery and Freedom in the British Caribbean- part 1
HIST3126
Fashioning the Tudor Court 1
HIST3130
Medieval Love, Sex and Marriage: Part 1
HIST3132
Conflict, Transformation and Resurgence in Asia: 1800 to the Present
HIST3133
Heresy and Inquisition in the Early Modern Iberian World (Part 1)
HIST3142
Passions and Profits: Wealth, Freedom and Virtue in the Age of Adam Smith (Pt. 1: Texts)
HIST3150
Travellers’ Tales
HIST3163
The Long life of the Indian Mutiny 1 (1857-58): Event, Metaphor, Memory
HIST3171
The Crisis of Austria-Hungary Part 1
HIST3178
When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the 1970s, Part 1: 1970-1974
HIST3180
The rise and fall of the British Empire in Africa: Conquest, colony, and rebellion, 1900-60, part 1
HIST3186
Alternative Conquests: Comparisons and Contrasts
HIST3187
The Bible and History
HIST3195
Islam, Conquests and Caliphates, Part 1

HIST3197 America from Revolution to Republic 1

HIST3203
The American Empire Part 1
HIST3212
The Long Sexual Revolution Family Life in Twentieth Century Europe, Part 1
HIST3216
Racism in the United States 1785-1915 Part 1
HIST3218
Nuclear War and Peace, Part I
HIST3224
Alternative histories: Fascism and the far right
HIST3225
The Great Exhibition of 1851 Part one: Art, Industry and the making of a Nation
HIST3227
Emperor Julian and the Last Pagans of Rome Part 1, Julian: hero and apostate
HIST3229
Sweet Charity?
HIST3230
The Ethics of War
HUMA3009
Humanities Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme Yr 3
Semester Two

History dissertation students should take HIST3021 History dissertation, normally written under supervision of the Special Subject tutor or the Alternative History tutor (double module) plus one English double module OR, alternatively, HIST3021History dissertation, normally written under supervision of the Special Subject tutor or the Alternative History tutor (double module) plus two English single modules.


English dissertation students should take HIST Special Subject part 2 (double module)(co-requisite part 1 of the same special subject) and ENGL3016 English dissertation (double module).

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15 credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English, the other the equivalent credits in History.

Optional
ENGL3007
Holocaust Literature
ENGL3041
Jane Austen and the Regency World
ENGL3044
Poems, Books and Anthologies
ENGL3045
Post-War American Jewish Literature
ENGL3049
Creative Writing in Schools
ENGL3058
Radical England: From Shakespeare to Milton
ENGL3069
Love and Death in Africa’s Cities
ENGL3080
Images of Women 1890-1939
ENGL3090
Swashbucklers, Cut-throats, Revolutionaries: Five Hundred years of Pirates in English Literature
ENGL3091
American dreams? Monetized bodies, terror, and trauma in American Drama
FILM3006
American Cinema since 1965
GERM3006
Minorities and Migrants: Exploring Multicultural Germany
GERM3017
Renaissance of German-Jewish Literature after the Holocaust
HIST3043
From Tyranny to Revolution: England, 1625-49 Part 2
HIST3055
The Third Reich 2
HIST3061
The Holocaust 2
HIST3073
The Late Russian Empire, Society, Ethnicity and Culture II
HIST3124
Slavery and Freedom in the British Caribbean- Part 2
HIST3127
Fashioning the Tudor Court 2
HIST3131
Medieval Love, Sex and Marriage: Part 2
HIST3134
Heresy and Inquisition in the Iberian World Part 2
HIST3146
Passions and Profits: Wealth, Freedom and Virtue in the Age of Adam Smith (Pt. 2: Contexts)
HIST3166
The Crisis of Austria-Hungary Part 2
HIST3168
The Long life of the Indian Mutiny 2 (1857-58): Event, Metaphor, Memory.
HIST3179
When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the 1970s, Part 2: 1974-1979
HIST3181
The rise and fall of the British Empire in Africa: Conquest, colony, and rebellion, 1900-60, part 2
HIST3196
Islam, Conquests and Caliphates, Part 2

HIST3198 America from Revolution to Republic 2

HIST3204
The American Empire Part 2
HIST3213
The Long Sexual Revolution Family Life in Twentieth Century Europe, Part 2
HIST3217
Racism in the United States 1785-1915 part 2
HIST3219
Nuclear War and Peace, Part II
HIST3226
The Great Exhibition of 1851 Part 2: Legacy
HIST3228
Emperor Julian and the Last Pagans of Rome Part 2, The final pagan generation
HUMA3011
Narrative Non-Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Art

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternationalChannel Islands
BA English and History2018Part-time£4,625£8,268£4,625
BA English and History2018Full-time£9,250£16,536£9,250
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT - Computer Discs or USB drives: Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT - Software licenses: All software is provided.
EquipmentIT - Hardware: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing-for-students.page Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service.
PlacementsStudents on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses, travel costs and visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programme details of your programme.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Students developing teaching skills
Students developing teaching skills

Studying English and History at Southampton will help you acquire high-level critical thinking and communication skills that are essential to navigate your career. Our English and History graduates have progressed to careers in journalism, archiving, publishing, curating, management and administration, teaching, the media, law, creative writing, and many other areas.

You will be developing and practising the skills required for a successful career from day one of the course. Over three years you will learn to

• write in different ways and for different formats
• sharpen your analysis of the past to address the problems of the present
• argue your case
• make interesting and confident presentations
• work effectively both on your own and in groups
• identify and research areas that you think are important

These are all skills that are valued not just by us but by employers. As a student rep you might also take an active role in the governance of the department, of a student society, or of the Students' Union. English and History also offers some opportunities for direct work experience.

• Find out more on our Careers and Employability on our English and History pages

• Learn about the experience gained by our graduates during their time with us on the Alumni pages of our English and History websites

• Read interesting employability facts about our English degrees on our Employability Facts and Figures pages on the English and History websites

Learning & Assessment

Combining pleasure with learning
Combining pleasure with learning

An English and History degree at Southampton provides you with an excellent education in literature, theory and past cultures. There are opportunities for field research, creative writing, as well as work experience in local schools. We are committed to providing a rich, rigorous, and above all enjoyable experience ensuring that you graduate as a confident, curious and independent self-starter equipped with the skills for a successful career.

• Research-led teaching by English and History academics who are passionate about their subject

• Talks by visiting speakers from international universities and by successful professionals

• Specialist online learning resources for every module

• An exciting range of assessment methods including presentations, group projects, portfolios, and dissertations, as well as essays and exams

• An academic advisor to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress

• Opportunities to visit Chawton House Library and the former home of Jane Austen, as well as visits to galleries, museums, and theatres

• Access to the Wellington, Palmerston and Mountbatten papers and the Parkes archives

• Opportunities to spend a semester, a year or a summer at one of our international partner universities in Asia, Europe, and the Americas to experience a new culture

• Placements in schools and colleges as part of your degree such as international writing in schools, and the student associates scheme

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study15%15%9%
Independent study85%85%91%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment5%31%0%
Practical exam assessment11%0%0%
Coursework assessment84%69%100%

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