2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) History and English Literature

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

QV31

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

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Why study History and English Literature at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Taught by a passionate team of academics
  • In 2020 National Student Survey 91% of our students agreed they were satisfied with the overall quality of the course
  • Teaching from leading academics who have written scholarly works on topics ranging from American foreign policy to sport in the Soviet Union, through to Sherlock Holmes and Irish rock music
  • A broad range of module topics that includes Britain, Ireland, Europe, Japan and sub-Saharan Africa

About your course

Studying BA (Hons) History and English Literature at Liverpool John Moores University will provide you with an opportunity to not only discover the past but also how past and present is recorded in a variety of sources including novels, visual sources, films and poetry.

By studying these dual subject areas you will develop skills in critical thinking and discourse through close engagement with source material. 

You will think about and debate specific cultures and societies in historical and contemporary periods, and be introduced to political, economic, social and cultural history alongside literary theory and criticism. Modules will encourage you to reconsider well-known topics such as the Second World War, the Russian Revolution and the rise and decline of the British Empire. Modules address periods, such as the Victorian era, the 1950s or the 21st century; genres such as poetry, short writing or Gothic literature; and, themes like madness, masculinity, adolescence, place and belonging, race in America or the crisis of contemporary capitalism.

History and English Literature is defined by its broad geographical range. Starting with Europe, there are opportunities to study topics focused on Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Russia - some lecturers also specialise in the history of the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. Moving further afield, we study the USA and its relationship with the wider world, Japan and the British Empire. We introduce you to many different sources that shed light on the histories of these nations. Alongside texts such as government records, literature, diaries and newspapers, you will have an opportunity to consider what film, music, art and architecture tells us about the lives of people in the past. There is also an option to specialise so that you can focus on those aspects of the subject that you find most rewarding.

 

 

Another distinctive feature of History and English Literature is our commitment to internationalisation, both in terms of our modules and the opportunity to study abroad with a partner institution for six months or a year. We also offer a dedicated field trip module to an overseas destination that focuses on the way in which other countries present their history in museums, monuments and other commemorative sites. The course includes fieldtrips in Liverpool, the north-west and London so there are plenty of opportunities to learn outside the lecture hall or seminar room. Students on History and English can take advantage of our lively extra-curricular activities, which include talks by visiting academics and encourages students to make the most of Liverpool's rich cultural life. This course will expand your horizons and enhance your opportunities. 

"LJMU offers diverse history modules and histories that stretch the globe - from the English Civil War to the Japanese Meiji Restoration period. You'll come across themes and issues in the literary texts and accumulate knowledge that you can apply to your history studies. The support you receive is excellent and the lecturers, from both departments, go above and beyond to provide entertaining, structured and worthwhile lectures."

David Godfrey, History and English graduate

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 broad nature of this degree provides a sound basis for developing your communication, research and problem-solving skills and a well-rounded intellect, which are assets in any career.

Our former students are to be found working in occupations including advertising, marketing, museums, arts administration and publishing to industrial, retail, leisure and charitable organisation management, educational administration, accountancy, law, the social and Civil Services and teaching.

Some graduates complete teacher training PGDE courses at LJMU or other providers or use their skills in other types of teaching, such as English as a second language or adult education. Another option is to continue in education with a masters, PhD or vocational course such as journalism or marketing.

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.

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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.

Learn more about the modules you'll be studying on the course with this useful module guide.

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.

Practices of History
20 credits

Practices of History will explain and contextualise primary source material and critically analyse and comprehend secondary source material. You will also learn transferrable group-working skills to demonstrate Level 4 written communication skills.

Literature in Context for History & English: Britain in the 1950s
20 credits

The aim of the module is to introduce you to interdisciplinary perspectives on reading and interpreting literary and other texts within the cultural/historical moment of their production, through working on primary materials, and on critical and contextual writing. It will also assist you to develop in a self-reflective way a range of core skills essential to successful study at university level (including study, numerical, teamworking and presentational skills).

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.

Modern European History: Myth, Memory and the Uses of the Past
20 credits

This module will provide you with an understanding of the of importance of the political, cultural, and social aspects of Modern European history. Throughout this module, you will engage in historical debate on a range of topics about myth, memory and identity in Modern European history, critically relating discussion to different national (or otherwise) contexts.

The American Age: People, Politics and Power
20 credits

This module will broaden your understanding of key moments in America's history that have shaped its development as a nation. It will also provide you with the opportunity to engage with a variety of sources and historical tools to better understand America's past.

Level 5

Core modules

Debates in History
20 credits

This module will introduce you to historiographical debates in a range of different national, social, cultural and political contexts. The aim of the module is to equip you with analytical skills that will allow you to understand and contextualize historiographical arguments.

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.

The Soviet Experiment, 1917-1991
20 credits

This module will provide an understanding of the early Soviet state and its relationship to society. You will gain knowledge and skills to understand, identify and critically assess different kinds of source material.

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.

Colonial Africa, 1880-1994
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to modern African history in order to develop an understanding of colonial rule and decolonisation in Africa.

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.

Ireland, 1690-1920
20 credits

This module will equip you with a clear understanding of Irish history from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth century. The module will also introduce you to contentious periods of Irish history and to familiarize them with the associated historiography.

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.

A History of Modern Latin America
20 credits

This module will introduce you to modern Latin American history and allow you to develop an understanding of social and political change in Latin America. This will enable you to think comparatively in geographical and temporal terms.

An International History of The Cold War Era
20 credits

The aim of this module will enable you to understand and articulate different interpretations of the 'Cold War' to develop an understanding of historiographical interpretations of the Cold War and how they have evolved over time. It will also provide an understanding to how the Cold War affected different geographical regions and how it intersected with other major issues, such as decolonization.

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.

Age of Terror 1850-1914
20 credits

This module will allow you to develop knowledge of the phenomenon of international terrorism and the police and intelligence responses to it, in the 19th century. You will be able to reflect on the societal, cultural and political consequences of terrorist attacks and counter-terrorist policing to build focused knowledge of a specific aspect of the 19th century "war on terror".

Gender, Race and Slavery in the United States
20 credits

This module will enable you to understand the development of ideas of slavery, race, gender in the United States. It will also allow you understand historiographical interpretations of slavery in the United States and how they have changed over time.

Tanzimat To Tahrir: The History of the Modern Middle East
20 credits

The aim of this module is to consider the modern history of the Middle East from both chronological and thematic perspectives. It will also emphasise the importance of Middle Eastern historiographical perspectives for an understanding of the contemporary Middle East. You will be able to develop further the ability to use a wide range of primary and secondary source material in historical analysis.

International Fieldwork: Modern Germany
20 credits

This module will introduce key themes and debates in modern German history and key historiographical works and scholarly debates in modern German history. You will also be encouraged to critically reflect on the representations of history in public spaces, monuments, exhibitions and museums.

Teaching History
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop key transferable skills including communication, presentation, practical classroom skills and team working. You will be provided with teaching experience if you are considering teaching as a potential career.

Level 6

Core modules

Dissertation in History and English
20 credits

The aim of the Dissertation in History and English is to independently work on a idea that falls under the expertise of the programme. You will develop the ability to analyse evidence in pursuit of a self-defined problem and produce a substantial piece of written work.

Optional 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.

Living With Defeat: France and The Second World War, History and Legacies
20 credits

This module aims to introduce key social, cultural and political contexts and historical debates concerning everyday life in France in the period leading up to, during and following the Second World War. You will be introduced to key historiographical debates such as the legacies of the First World War, the significance of political and social divisions in 1930s France and the reasons for the defeat of 1940.

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.

Brummies, Geordies, Scousers and Others
20 credits

The aim of this module is to trace the origins and trajectory of place identities and examine the ways in which different place identities are depicted. You will also explore the similarities and differences between place identities.

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.

We Would Not Know There Was A War On: Life On The British Home Front During The Second World War
20 credits

The aim of this module is to provide an insight into the people's experience of living day-by-day in Britain during the Second World War. You will be introduced to the theoretical approach of cultural history on how people situate themselves within society irrespective of the greater events being played out around them.

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.

Laws of War
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the historical development of the laws of armed conflict and engage in historical debate on the success and failures of the international humanitarian law regime. You will also understand the relationship between societal change, mass culture and the practice of war.

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.

Soviet Body Politics: Sport, Leisure and Health, 1917-1945
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to Bolshevik concepts of the body, and how these related to wider social, political, economic and cultural issues. You will be provided with an in-depth understanding of the early Soviet state and society, developing their analytical, critical, and communication 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.

Victorian Cities
20 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce the history of Victorian cities. You will investigate the themes of class and gender in the Victorian city which will enable you to think critically about and historicise urban identities.

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.

Interpreting Conflict in Post-Colonial Africa
20 credits

This module will encourage you to think historically about conflict in post-colonial Africa, paying attention to continuity and change over time. It will also encourage you to think about local, national, regional and global dimensions to so-called 'civil wars' in Africa.

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.

Queer Britain
20 credits

The aim of this module is to investigate the formation of queer identities in Britain between 1880-1980. You will utilise a range of primary and secondary materials to assess how queer identities were formed, expressed and managed in Britain, 1880-1980.

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.

When The Sun Set In The East: End of Empire in Southeast Asia
20 credits

This module will apply historiographical themes in the study of decolonisation to a set of case studies in the Southeast Asia region to examine the programme themes of 'nation, state and power', 'structure and agency' and 'culture, locale and identity' in relation to decolonisation in the developing world, and specifically in Southeast Asia. You will be able to demonstrate variety and diversity in the experience of decolonization, particularly in Southeast Asia.

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.

Celebration and Commemoration in Irish History
20 credits

The aim of this module will enable you to engage in a critical debate about the historiography associated with key events in Irish history. You will engage with different methods of teaching history to different audiences to critically assess the way in which the 1798 Rebellion, the Great Irish Famine and the 1916 Easter Rising have been commemorated and celebrated by later generations.

The Hatred That Never Dies: The Long History of Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism
20 credits

This module will demonstrate the long historical trajectory of anti-Semitic belief through the systematic study of primary and secondary sources. You will learn how to compare and contrast the developments and mutations of anti-Semitic belief in both European and Middle Eastern historical and contemporary contexts.

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 a combination of lectures, online activities and tutorials, with additional information available on Canvas (our virtual learning environment) and in our Learning Resource Centre. Tutorials are fairly informal and provide an opportunity to further discuss material covered in the lectures. Once you reach your final year, your dissertation offers the chance to work more independently and focus on an area that particularly interests you.
 

Work-related Learning

This programme is centred on helping you to develop first-rate skills in communication and critical analysis, which are highly valued by employers. This is why a History and English Literature degree is a good basis for so many different careers.

At Level 5, you also have the opportunity to spend at least one month on a work placement in the United States after undertaking a specially designed module to help you prepare for it. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get invaluable work experience in a different culture and could even lead to employment once you graduate.

Past students have worked for the editor of Vogue, an advertising agency and a film company in New York, a Hollywood celebrity magazine, theatres on Broadway, a jazz magazine in New Orleans, an architect’s office in California and theme parks in Florida and New Jersey.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

History and English Literature students at LJMU form part of a lively and supportive learning environment. If you join us, you will be given the support needed to enable you to reach your full potential in your studies and to help you make a decision about your future career. Lecturers in History and English Literature are supportive and approachable. We are proud of our students' achievements both during their studies and after graduation.

From the moment you begin your studies at LJMU, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will meet with you one-to-one to discuss course-related issues, monitor your progress and help you to put your career plans in place. They will be a point of contact for you throughout the degree. You will also receive advice and feedback on your assignments from module tutors.

Assessment

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

We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on the way they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. Half of your assessments will be coursework in the form of essays, portfolios, short written pieces, independent studies and dissertations. The rest of your assessment is by seen and unseen exam. Exam questions are available two weeks before the start of seen exams so you have the chance to prepare fully for them.

Your tutors will provide feedback on coursework assessments within 15 days of submission via Canvas, face-to-face or as written comments. We believe constructive feedback is vital 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

David Clampin

Dr David Clampin

Programme Leader

David specialises in the history of modern Britain with a particular interest in everyday life during the Second World War. The primary focus of his research to date has been in relation to propaganda and how the people of Britain coped with being at war. Beyond academic outputs, he is keen to connect with broader audiences and has most recently been involved in successful collaborations with the National Trust and National Museums Liverpool. 

“We invest a lot in collaborative learning with our students, challenging them to think in different ways and often completing tasks beyond the norm. This inclusive and communal aspect is a crucial factor in allowing our students to realise their full potential.” 

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

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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
  • Welsh GCSE in Maths/Numeracy
  • 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 subject preferred, e.g. English Language, English Literature, English Language/Literature or Creative Writing. Subjects such as Drama, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Religious Education, History and Media 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 to include a relevant subject at Higher Level

OCR National acceptability

  • National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

NVQ

  • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Accepted in a relevant subject for Mature Applicants who meet other specified criteria (see notes)

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.
 
International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.
 

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)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

International requirements

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

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​An enthusiasm for the study of both History and English
Demonstrate a willingness to take on new ideas about and new perspectives on History and English, as well as a desire to seek out evidence to support such fresh perspectives.
An awareness of History as a discipline.
Desire in finding out about the societies and ideas that produce and infuse English.
Hence, if you have a love of history and literature, an enquiring mind and a desire to engage in debate and argument about the past and the nature of the contemporary world then we will be very happy to receive an application from you.

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.