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BA in English

Brunel University London, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 22,379

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
If you can get lost in a book for hours on end, and enjoy writing or even drama, English is a natural choice. Storytelling is part of every culture and reveals much about a person’s lived experience, values and aspirations within a given time.
  • Taking the English BA at Brunel is an opportunity to uncover the richness of English literature history – its periods, genres and diverse storytellers – through a set of underlying themes.
  • Your journey will commence with a module on ‘Reading Resilience’ to help equip you with the required skills and competencies relevant to literary studies, so you can approach any topic with confidence.
  • After a first year of modules that pass through modern literature and formative texts to help develop your critical reading, your exploration in English is very much down to your own interests and choices.
  • In years two and three a wealth of optional modules await you, covering every period and genre from Shakespeare to Jane Austen, postcolonial writing to the women’s movement, with plenty of choice in contemporary and genre fiction like comedy, science fiction and horror.
  • Throughout your literature degree you will be encouraged to express your own thoughts and creativity in your coursework and seminars, which will help you to grow as a critic and writer.
  • An English degree will equip you with personal skills that employers’ prize in graduates – not just exceptional written and verbal communication, but also the ability to communicate collaboratively in a team towards an agreed goal.
  • As part of your English BA you will learn to participate and present confidently in seminars, communicate your ideas effectively in writing, and to critically evaluate relevant themes within texts that frequently cross into other disciplines such as history and politics.
  • Opt for a placement year and you will gain hands-on work experience while you study which will further increase your attractiveness to employers when you graduate.
  • Outside your classroom, you can look forward to events and activities organised by the Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing, including the annual Hillingdon Literary Festival: a free weekend of literary performances from internationally renowned authors, writing workshops and lively debates right here on campus.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023

UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBC.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in any subject, with an A-Level at grade C.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma M in any subject, with A-Levels grades BB including English.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points.
  • Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.
  • A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally required.

EU and International entry requirements

  • If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)
  • The English BA at Brunel will give you deeper knowledge of English literature history, world literature and genre writing as you develop key investigative skills, with a wealth of optional modules to suit your interests and aspirations.
  • This course can be studied 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement or 4.5-6 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

  • EN1702 - Texts, Contexts, Intertexts
  • EN1704 - Reading Resilience
  • EN1602 - World Literature, World Literacies
  • EN1802 Modern Literature
  • EN1803 Texts, Contexts, Intertexts
  • EN1804 Early Modern Literature

Year 2

  • EN2011 - Post-Colonial Writing
  • EN2014 - Modernism
  • EN2021 - Romanticism and Revolution
  • EN2605 - Genre Fiction
  • EN2001 - The Nineteenth-Century Novel
  • EN2002 - Shakespeare: Text and Performance
  • EN2610 - Contemporary British and Irish Fiction
  • EN2607 - The Women’s Movement: 20th Century and Contemporary Writing

Year 3
EN3003 - Project

  • EN3022 - Victorian Literature and Culture
  • EN3609 - Post-War and Late Twentieth-Century Literature, 1945-2001
  • EN3605 - Modern and Contemporary Lesbian Literature
  • AH3600 - Psychogeography
  • EN3032 - Jane Austen and Her Novels
  • DR3605 The Canon Re-loaded
  • FM3007 - Gender and Sexuality
  • FM3010 - The Horror Film
  • FM3015 - American Independent Cinema
  • EN3604 - Writing Ireland
  • EN3613 - The Creative Industries
  • EN3617 - Violence
  • EN3619 - Chaucer to Shakespeare
  • EN3618 - Reading for Writers / Writing for Readers
  • DR3615 New Writing: Page to Stage
  • FM3011 - Comedy
  • EN3039 - The Muslim World in Early Modern English Literature
  • UK 
  • £9,250 full-time
  • £6,935 part-time
  • £1,385 placement year 
  • Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. 
  • Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

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