2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) English, Media and Cultural Studies

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

PQ33

Points required:

104

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,100
Placement (home student):
£1,850
Placement (international student):
£3,650
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175

APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

International enquiries

international@ljmu.ac.uk

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Why study English, Media and Cultural Studies at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Extensive range of texts studied, from Milton, Woolf and  Dickens to Margaret Atwood,  Kazuo Ishiguro  and  Arundhati  Roy
  • Taught by leading scholars who have published books on many topics, from Sherlock Holmes to Irish rock music and teenage bedroom culture
  • Large range of option modules to choose from depending on your interests
  • Work placement opportunities in Britain and the USA in teaching, public relations, international development, charities, tourism, the media, creative and heritage sectors

About your course

The BA (Hons) English, Media and Cultural Studies at Liverpool John Moores University gives you an opportunity to look at how literary and media texts address their audiences. Through gathering expertise in critical appraisal, analysis of case studies and independent study, students learn to communicate effectively in interpersonal, formal and digital environments.

You will achieve this through the study of media institutions, publishing and journalism, as well as forms of applied communication in practical areas including, public relations, social marketing, fiction, documentary, video games, magazines and new media. You will also examine cultural trends and practices, including popular music, youth culture, world literature, neo-Victorianism, social media, travel, and fashion.

Your study of literature will be defined by an eclectic choice of texts, from the classics to popular fiction.

We are interested in traditional authors such as William Blake, Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf and in contemporary writers such as Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro and Arundhati Roy. Alongside British literature we study American literature and culture and Irish, postcolonial and world writing.

We introduce you to many different types of text such as detective novels, children's fiction, fairy tales, ballads, prison testimonies, African American slave narratives, travel writing, protest literature, diaries and letters. Our diverse portfolio of options lets you explore new topics and choose your own pathway through the degree as your interests develop.

The programme is designed with your future employability in mind, so you are encouraged to develop transferable skills such as research, formats for professional writing, communication, problem solving, teamwork and independent working. 

Some modules ask you to engage in collaborative blogging, contributing to online archives and improving your digital skills. Although we focus on theoretical and critical study, we incorporate applied case studies and work-related learning into many aspects of the programme, including a period of work experience with a local or national organisation.

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Professional accreditation/links

​This course has strong links with local, national and international media organisations providing excellent opportunities for student work placements and research projects.  They include: Sky Sports, Liverpool Echo, Juice FM, Odeon Cinema, Everyman Theatre, The Royal Court, National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, TATE Liverpool and the BBC.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

The career paths followed by our graduates are varied in nature.

Alumni can be found working in advertising, marketing, public relations, museums, arts administration, media production, the publishing industry, retail, leisure and charitable organization management, educational administration, accountancy, the social services, teaching and the Civil Service.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Reading English
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the interdisciplinary study of English at degree level through a variety of texts drawn from different historical periods. It will also introduce you to the formal analysis of texts, including questions of literary form, narrative and genre. The module will also introduce you to the generic skills needed for the study of English at degree level, including close reading, reading quickly and efficiently, and writing essays.

Researching Cinema
20 credits

The aim of the module is to introduce you to entertainment media and the contexts in which it is produced and consumed. It also introduces you to the study of popular film through analysis of the formal properties and techniques specific to the medium and the analysis of comparative style, genre and narrative structure. 

Literary and Cultural Theory
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the basic strands of literary and cultural theories, such as feminism, Marxism, postcolonial theory, and psychoanalysis. It will allow you to explore and evaluate these theoretical perspectives through practical application to literary texts as well as to other primary sources.

Media Institutions and Audiences
20 credits

This module introduces you to aspects of media production. You will be able to investigate the methods used to research media, culture and communication industries. It will provide you with an understanding of theoretical and historical conceptualisations of media audiences. 

Literature In Context: Britain in the 1950s
20 credits

This module introduces you to methods of critical and contextual reading central to the LJMU English programme, to the range of core skills essential to successful study at University level, and to the Personal Tutoring system. You will analyse and compare British literary and other texts c. 1948-60, exploring themes such as the post-war fracturing of class boundaries, immigration and the origins of multi-cultural society, and the rise of youth culture.

Professional Writing
20 credits

This module will introduce you to the study of communication in a professional context. It will assist in developing the conceptual and critical language necessary for studying media and cultural practice. 

Level 5

Core modules

Public Communication
20 credits

The module will introduce you to ways of analysing public communication as both a textual form and cultural practice. It provides you with the opportunity to undertake and reflect upon professional practice in media, cultural and communication industries.

Public Relations
20 credits

This module will introduce ways of analysing public communications as both a textual form and a cultural practice. It will provide you with the opportunity to undertake and reflect upon professional practice in media, cultural and communication industries.

Popular Journalism: Research in Practice
20 credits

This module enables you to undertake field research either in Liverpool or if possible on a research trip abroad organised by the university during the second semester.

Optional modules

Adolescence and Writing
20 credits

The aim of this module is to analyse various discourses shaping the cultural category of adolescence. You will investigate possible reasons for the emergence of the subjective category of adolescence in the late 19th century to explore discourses associated with adolescence.

The Author
20 credits

This module will give you the opportunity to study a single author, examining the development of their writing. You will read the selected author in the light of recent developments in literary studies, addressing key issue to focus on a specific theme or issue and assess the way it is handled in different examples of the author's work.

Body, Mind and Soul: Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to a range of seventeenth-century writings in their historical and cultural context to enable you to recognise different forms and genres used in the period. This module will also facilitate an understanding the concept of the Early Modern and issues of historical change and continuity.

Cultures of Childhood
20 credits

This module focuses on the literary and cultural construction of childhood in Britain and its relation to broader questions about identity, sexuality, race, gender, class, nation, empire, the natural world, memory, nostalgia and being human. You will explore these questions with reference to a wide variety of texts from the 19th to the 21st centuries, from children's writing to writing about childhood.

International Experience
20 credits

This module enables you to identify and reflect upon the life skills, intercultural learning skills and transferable skills required to live and/or work in another country. These skills include employability efficacies of self-awareness, interpersonal relationships and decision-making. You will develop an appropriate vocabulary to appraise international experiences and reflect upon their relevance to employability and personal development.

International Perspectives on Literature
20 credits

This module will introduce you to literature and critical approaches from an international perspective. You will develop an understanding of cultural differences in engagements with literary texts to write on literature from a comparative perspective.

Further Perspectives on Theory
20 credits

This module will provide you with an advanced understanding of more complex literary and cultural theories, such postmodernism to equip you with an appropriate vocabulary to apply these theoretical perspectives to their study of texts. It will allow you to explore and evaluate these theoretical perspectives through practical application to literary texts as well as to other primary sources.

Modernism and Modernity
20 credits

This module focuses on the emergence of a modernist movement in Europe and America at the beginning of the 20th century and lasting until the decades after the close of the Second World War. You will be introduced to the literature, culture and politics of modernity through an engagement with a variety of modernist texts.

Poetry Matters
20 credits

This module enables you to develop a critical vocabulary to enhance your understanding of poetry. You will be introduced to a range of poetry from different periods, in different forms and from different cultural locations. Alongside this, you will learn to identify the aesthetic qualities of different poetic traditions.

Postcolonial Writing: Power, Art and Protest
20 credits

This module will introduce you to the field of postcolonial studies through a selection of literary and critical works. It will introduce the debates on the relationship between art, politics and culture at the heart of postcolonial literary criticism.

Relating Gender: Fiction from the Nineteenth Century to the Present
20 credits

You will develop knowledge and deepen an understanding of a wide range of theoretical debates on gender to introduce you to the problematic of gendered writing by reading male- and female-authored texts. You will evaluate literature's contribution to the ongoing interrogation and revision of traditional gender formations in British society and culture.

Romanticism: Revolution, Reaction and Representation
20 credits

In this module, you will develop an understanding of the manifestations of Romanticism in nineteenth-century literature to assess the cultural afterlife and importance of Romanticism and its modes. You will explore the connections between politics, social history, and literary culture in Britain during a period of social instability and intense and rapid changes in many areas of life at home and abroad.

Short Cuts: Writing in Brief
20 credits

The aim of this module is to analyse a wide variety of short writing from the post-Second World War era to develop skills of close reading and textual analysis. You will also explore the relationship between short writing and modernity/contemporary culture.

Stage Worlds: Early Modern Drama and Culture
20 credits

You will study non-Shakespearean drama from 1590-1642, focusing on a range of dramatic texts to examine the implications of editorial and production histories and contexts of early modern drama.

The Victorians: Realism and Sensation
20 credits

Within this module, you will extend your familiarity with a range of Victorian texts including novels, poetry and essays. You will explore how the Victorian age was characterized by rapidly developing scientific discourses and popular interest in them and understand how contemporary understanding of genre and cultural prestige were inherited from the Victorian period.

The Literature Of Extinction: American Writing and the Environment
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the representation of the environment through the study of selected critical discourses to situate American ideas about the environment in their historical and cultural contexts.

Prison Voices: Narratives of Crime and Punishment in the 19th Century
20 credits

This module will examine changing discourses about deviance, criminality, punishment, and discipline and how these have been articulated within literary and non-literary texts. It will extend your skills in online research and interpretation by analysing, comparing, and considering the connections between a wide range of digital and textual primary sources.

Working in the USA
20 credits

The module aims to enable you to reflect on and articulate the life skills, intercultural learning skills and transferable skills that living and working in another country requires them to develop.

Imagined Maps: Space, Place, Land and Time in Irish and Scottish Cultural Imaginations
20 credits

This module examines the mapping of spaces and places in Irish and Scottish cultural productions. It reads across a range of resources, including film fiction, poetry, non-fiction, with an attentiveness to the cultural imagining of place, spatial, regional and national identities. It looks at the languages in which environment is constructed and encourages you to engage with the combination of the critical and creative in your own writing practices.

English Work Experience
20 credits

This module will enable you to develop a range of professional and transferable skills relevant to the world of work. You will be able to critically reflect on your self-development and acquisition of skills and attributes through experience of work in conjunction with their academic studies.

English Independent Study
20 credits

This module promotes independent learning activities to give you an opportunity to pursue their own research-informed projects. This module promotes key skills relating to Level 5 work identifying a set of aims or key questions exploring a body of published literature relevant to the project, and effectively communicating information, arguments and analysis.

Migrants to the Screen
20 credits

In this module tools and concepts from the fields of contemporary adaptation studies and from contemporary postcolonial studies will be used to critically examine adapted literary texts and their screen adaptations, and these texts will be used to explore intersections between these fields of enquiry. In particular, you will be encouraged to explore the ways in which adaptations might themselves be considered 'migrants'.

Life Stories: Telling Tales and Keeping Secrets in Auto/Biographical Writing
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the diversity of auto/biographical writing. It will equip you with the critical vocabulary and analytical tools to explore and analyse modern life-writing. You will understand key critical topics relating to life-writing, including the relations of subjectivity and form; the intersections of gender, race, class and embodiment; the role of memory and nostalgia; narrative strategies of confession and secrecy.

Level 6

Core modules

Art and Writing
20 credits

The aim of the module is to explore intersections between literature and visual art in the 20th and 21st centuries. You will develop and apply a critical vocabulary for approaching works that combine text and image and assess the way writers engage with visual questions as a means of interrogating the possibilities of literature, and the way art contributes to thinking about language and power, narrative and identity.

Optional modules

Contemporary Poetry
20 credits

The aim of this module is to consolidate and extend appropriate critical skills and vocabulary for the understanding of poetry to promote critical understanding of contemporary poetry in its historical, cultural and critical/theoretical contexts.

Feminist Fictions: Contemporary Women’s Writing & the Politics of Feminism
20 credits

This module will extend your understanding of contemporary women's fiction and its relationship to feminist theory, politics, and practice. You will be equipped with an advanced understanding of the complexity and diversity of the history of feminism and feminist theory from the 1960s to the present day.

Genres of Travel
20 credits

In this module you will explore the nature of travel writing as a genre, with reference to a range of texts from the sixteenth century up to the present day. You will interrogate what it means to travel by considering writing by slaves, colonialists, explorers and tourists. The module will relate these texts to broader theoretical questions concerning race, class, gender, nationality, colonialism, neo-colonialism and globalisation.

1660s - 1680s: Cultural Intersections in Restoration England
20 credits

The aim of this module is to examine the ways in which literary texts and cultural trends in post-Restoration England represent the interests of different social, political, religious and gendered groups and how the cultural positions of these groups conflict and intersect.

Locating Madness
20 credits

You will understand and interrogate discourses of and about 'madness' through the analysis of a range of texts. This module will extend your understanding of the role of binary constructions (with particular reference to identity and difference in gender, sexuality, race, and class) in relation to madness and its discourses.

English Independent Study
20 credits

This module will give you an opportunity to pursue your own intellectual interests to undertake an independent academic study, working on your own initiative and building strong time management skills.

Our House: Representing Domestic Space
20 credits

The aim of this module is to analyse domestic space as an important aspect of contemporary culture, to familiarize you with a range of disciplinary and philosophical traditions which have focused upon domestic space.

Post-Millennial British Fiction
20 credits

This module will extend your knowledge of the diversity and range of British writing in the twenty-first century in order to explore key events that shape literary culture in Britain today.

Race in America
20 credits

You will learn important critical and theoretical views relating to racial formations, racial identities, and racism in American history to develop cultural and historical understanding of the dynamics of race in post-war America.

Representing Masculinities
20 credits

This module will extend your familiarity with the history and theoretical framework of masculinity studies to discuss how different cultural preconceptions and academic theories of 'masculinity' relate to a broader cultural frame work of issues concerning subjectivity, race, class and sexuality.

Shakespeare
20 credits

This module will reinforce the ability to critically analyse texts in close detail to examine a range of Shakespeare's plays in the context of their original cultural production.

Tales Of The Market: Capitalism and Critique
20 credits

This module will introduce you to narratives of capitalism in fiction and non-fiction to develop a knowledge of the key concepts of capitalist critique and examine their relevance in making sense of significant cultural texts.

Terrorism and Modern Literature
20 credits

Terrorism and Modern Literature will establish terrorism as a significant and persistent literary, political and cultural preoccupation in modern literature (1880s to present), and examine key instances in which the language and concept of terror is at issue.

Vamps and Villains: Exploring Gothic Fiction
20 credits

This module will examine the genre of Gothic fiction as it has developed over two centuries to explore the cultural, historical and intellectual contexts that shape the moment of its production.

World Literature: Writing from the Periphery
20 credits

This module will introduce the concept of 'world literature' through a selection of texts from the twentieth to the twenty-first centuries in relation to the rise and expansion of a global modernity. You will examine on-going critical debates around key areas of research in the global humanities: a singular modernity, the politics of translation, the periphery and the world system.

Writing Lives: Collaborative Research Project on Working-Class Autobiography
20 credits

This module will enable you to develop advanced digital humanities research skills by engaging in individual and collective work as part of an online collaborative research project. You will be introduced to editorial procedures and skills and to edit and write your own research materials and findings at a professional level suitable for online publication.

Writing the Real: Contemporary Non-Fiction
20 credits

Writing the Real will explore the genre of contemporary non-fiction, by examining a number of works published from the mid-1980s to the present day. It will cover a wide variety of writing encompassing the description of 'non-fiction' – autobiography, memoir, reportage, travel writing, prose poetry, the 'new nature writing' and lyrical works of cultural theory and philosophy.

Late Modernism
20 credits

The aim of this module is to analyse a wide variety of writing encompassing the genre of contemporary nonfiction and will consider how these works particularly engage with the nature of contemporary culture, identity, politics and reality.

Neo-Victorianism: The Victorians in Contemporary Literature & Culture
20 credits

This module will provide a detailed understanding of the role and significance that the Victorian period, its literature, and its culture play in contemporary literature, film, and television. You will gain an advance understanding of postmodernism, historiography, and intertextuality.

Transitions: Identities in the Interwar Years
20 credits

This module examines shifting identities and the intersections of class, sexuality, gender and regionality in British literature of the interwar years. It moves across popular, middlebrow and experimental fiction and looks at poetry, non-fiction and magazine publishing as a means of examining the changing cultural formations of the period.

The Last Victorians: Literature of the 1890s
20 credits

This module will critically examine the literature of the Victorian fin de siècle, both as a transitional decade between Victorian and Modernist writing and as a highly productive period in terms of the development of new literary genres that it witnessed. You will also explore the cultural, historical and intellectual contexts that shape the moment of its production.

Violence in Nineteenth-Century Literature
20 credits

This module will establish violence as a significant and persistent literary, political and cultural preoccupation in nineteenth-century literature (1800-1900), and examine key works in which the issues of class, empire and gender were explored by authors of this period in relation to conflict and crisis.

Mediating Popular Culture
20 credits

This module enables you to examine the ways in which music is originated, realised and distributed and the extent to which these processes have changed and contribute to change. It also enables you to debate the ways in which creative and cultural values are experienced and understood within popular culture. 

Digital Writing
20 credits

The aim of this module is to evaluate the properties of new media writing and language in their social, cultural and technological context, in order to produce effective and professional new media communications.

Popular Fiction and Publishing
20 credits

This module offers you the opportunity to develop critical analytical and evaluating skills appropriate to the textual study of screen and print media, and to locate the production and consumption of popular fiction within the context of economic and institutional imperatives.

English And Media & Cultural Studies Dissertation
40 credits

The EMCS Dissertation is one of the core directed modules which you must choose for you Level 6 Portfolio. The module requires you to undertake a sustained piece of academic analysis from Media and Cultural Studies and/or English and present this in a proper academic form. This allows you to achieve a thorough understanding of theoretical and methodological issues relevant to your chosen subject of study. 

Media, Cultural & Creative Industries Project
40 credits

This module enables you to develop transferable skills relevant to the world of work. You will develop initiative through an evaluative approach to the assessment of work experience or career planning. In this module you will produce a portfolio that will contain a range of different material exemplifying the skills that you have acquired on your placement.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Teaching is delivered via lectures, seminars, workshops, online activities, peer presentations and film screenings and fieldwork trips (for example, to Copenhagen) and you are expected to spend a significant proportion of your time in private study, using our virtual learning environment, as well as our archives and special collections.  Online discussion boards allow you to further debate, with your tutors and peers, ideas that arise in the classroom. 

Work-related Learning 

The programme is designed with your future employability in mind, so you are encouraged to develop transferable skills such as research, formats for professional writing, communication, problem solving, teamwork and independent working.

Some modules ask you to engage in collaborative blogging, contributing to online archives and improving your digital skills. Although we focus on theoretical and critical study, we incorporate applied case studies and work-related learning into many aspects of the programme, including a period of work experience with a local or national organisation.

We offer a range of different options in English and further opportunities in Media and Cultural Studies for work-based and work-related learning. For instance, if you choose the Working in the USA module, you will have the opportunity to spend a month or more in the United States at the end of your second year.

Past students have worked for the editor of Vogue, an advertising agency in New York, a National Park in the Appalachian Mountains, an architect's office in California and theme parks in Florida.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

If you study English, Media and Cultural Studies at LJMU, you will join a friendly and stimulating environment in which you will be encouraged to achieve your full potential in both your academic work and your future career. We pride ourselves on our informal and supportive relationship with our students.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic and personal progress throughout the course. Along with this scheduled one-to-one support, you will receive regular feedback and guidance from your module tutors on your research, writing and study skills.

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We believe that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. In fact this course has received national recognition for its innovative assessment methods. They include exams (seen and unseen), essays, log books and diaries, group and individual presentations, research projects, response papers, blogs, organised debates and seminars.

Throughout your course you will be given regular constructive feedback and have opportunities to discuss this with your personal tutor and course lecturers. This is particularly useful in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Kathryn Walchester

Dr Kathryn Walchester

Programme Leader

Kate's research focuses on eighteenth and nineteenth-century travel writing. She has published work on women writers in Italy and Norway, mountaineering and travel to the north. Her most recent books are Travelling Servants: Mobility and Employment in British Fiction and Travel Writing 1750-1850 (Routledge, 2019), and Keywords for Travel Writing Studies: A Critical Glossary, co-edited with Charles Forsdick and Zoë Kinsley (Anthem 2019). 

"The English Literature programmes at LJMU integrate the study of the authors, texts, and periods you'd expect in high-quality courses with dynamic new approaches including eco-criticism and the study of world literature. Our friendly team of expert teaching staff are research-active and are keen to help our students in their next steps.' 

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School of Humanities and Social Science offers an ideal environment in which to expand your knowledge and horizons. Situated on Mount Pleasant in the new ‘Knowledge Quarter’ of Liverpool, the School is home to five subject areas: English, History, International Relations, Sociology, and Media, Culture & Communication. It has a lively programme of cross-disciplinary research seminars, conferences, visits from international scholars and public events. Research from the School is recognised nationally and worldwide.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 104


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: An English e.g. English Language, English Literature, English Language/Literature or Creative Writing. Subjects such as Drama, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Religious Education, History, Media Studies and General Studies will also be considered
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: BCC
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: Performing Arts, Production Arts or Creative Media Production are preferred from applicants studying BTEC qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: Performing Arts, Production Arts or Creative Media Production are preferred from applicants studying BTEC qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 104 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 104 UCAS Tariff points from IB Composite parts to include a relevant subject at Higher Level

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS points from 5 subjects to include a relevant subject at Higher Level

Alternative qualifications considered

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.

Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

International entry requirements

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Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​All applicants should possess a real enthusiasm for literature and for finding out about the societies and ideas that produce and infuse it. We’ll be looking for evidence that you’ve read widely outside your set-texts, and are interested in writing in a range of different eras, mediums and cultures. You’ll have the ability to express your own ideas and opinions in a clear and lively way, as well as the desire to listen to and learn from other peoples’ views, which may be very different from your own. You’ll have great analytical skills, so that you can critically assess all kinds of forms of communication, including adverts, films, website, television, print-media and literature. We’ll also expect confident research and IT skills, so that your work is well-informed and well-presented.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.