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English Overview

The study of English literature and language: from early medieval times to the present day.

Some courses also include English language, which is also offered as a separate subject in a minority of universities. English language is the study of the structure and use of English, and its role in society.

Many English courses will begin with a year in which students are offered the chance to familiarise themselves with the skills and approaches of critical analysis, alongside introductory modules covering particular phases of literature and/or authors.

In the second and third years, options come to the fore. The historical scope is wide, with some options relating to the language of the Middle Ages: students at Leicester have the chance to study Anglo-Saxon texts in the original, for example, while at Oxford, Old Norse and even Medieval French are options on the English Language and Literature course. Students will also have the chance to study literature by period, by author and by theme. As one would expect, the giants of the canon – from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Milton, Dickens and Joyce – are studied virtually everywhere, while students might also want to explore more obscure authors or particular themes, genres and critical movements, such as structuralism, Marxism and postcolonialism.

English is now the most common language spoken on earth. Not only is it the main language in the UK, but also the USA, Canada, Australia and Ireland.

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Best Reasons to Study English

English is much more than old literature. You will have the opportunity to learn modern theatre, film, literature and creative writing independently.

Of course, there is much more to English than just reading your favorite books. English is something that will drastically expand your mind when learning to analyze complex novels.

If you enjoy learning independently, then English could be the course for you. There is hardly any contact time during this degree, and in later semesters, there is almost none at all.

Qualification Requirements

University entry requirements for this subject are different for each university and might change each academic year. Please contact us to find out more details and guidelines. Our team of educational experts is here to help you.


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