Department of History | BA English Literature and History (with Placement Year) 48 months Undergraduate Program By Durham University |Top Universities

Department of History | BA English Literature and History (with Placement Year)

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Program Duration

48 monthsProgram duration

Scholarship

YesScholarships

Main Subject Area

HistoryMain Subject Area

Program overview

Main Subject

History

Degree

BA

Study Level

Undergraduate

Study Mode

On Campus

BA English Literature & History at Durham University

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Delve into the excitement of the literary past and acquire a range of both literary-critical and historical knowledge.


The Joint Honours in BA English Literature & History is a cross-disciplinary course, which develops and assesses skills that are common to both disciplines alongside others that are specific to each. The course offers you the opportunity to acquire a range of both literary-critical and historical knowledge.


The English part of your degree not only provides a thorough grounding in the ‘great tradition’ of English Literature – from Chaucer and Shakespeare through to Plays, Poems and Novels written in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries and in Literary Theory, but it also offers a wide range of imaginative and carefully designed modules.


The History element offers you one of the most varied, exciting and wide-ranging courses in the country. You will explore the full range of History from the end of the Roman Empire to the present day. You can also apply to add a placement year or a year abroad to your degree, this would increase the course from three years to four.


In the first year of your degree, you'll get an introduction into the disciplines of Literature and Advanced Historical Study. In the second year, you are required to engage with a range of periods and styles of Literary and Historical Study. The third year will include a dissertation as well as optional modules for both subjects.


History's aim is to make you better at thinking, speaking, and writing for yourself; and better at critically assessing the words that others speak and write. Thinking analytically, arguing clearly and concisely - these are fundamental skills in many jobs. Our graduates have gone on to find successful careers in a wide variety of fields. They work in teaching at schools and universities, in museums and galleries, in law, finance, banking and accountancy, the Civil Service, the charity sector, media, journalism, and the military and further study.


Our students acquire many skills which are readily transferable to a whole range of professions. You will learn to search for, gather and process information, to evaluate evidence and to express yourself clearly and succinctly, both verbally and in writing.


Academically, we inspire our students to develop as analytic, sensitive and creative readers and writers, yet an English Studies degree is worth so much more. We aim to transform students into independent thinkers with the ability to communicate their ideas clearly and effectively. It’s this skill set, coupled with effective organisational and research skills, that makes them so highly valued across a range of work environments. Outside of the classroom, we offer regular lectures and workshops that focus on personal development and key employability skills.


Graduates progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors, including roles in arts and theatre management, broadcasting, publishing and journalism, technical writing, business, marketing and advertising, teaching, higher education, law, the third sector and government.


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We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world.

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Program overview

Main Subject

History

Degree

BA

Study Level

Undergraduate

Study Mode

On Campus

BA English Literature & History at Durham University

[email protected]


Delve into the excitement of the literary past and acquire a range of both literary-critical and historical knowledge.


The Joint Honours in BA English Literature & History is a cross-disciplinary course, which develops and assesses skills that are common to both disciplines alongside others that are specific to each. The course offers you the opportunity to acquire a range of both literary-critical and historical knowledge.


The English part of your degree not only provides a thorough grounding in the ‘great tradition’ of English Literature – from Chaucer and Shakespeare through to Plays, Poems and Novels written in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries and in Literary Theory, but it also offers a wide range of imaginative and carefully designed modules.


The History element offers you one of the most varied, exciting and wide-ranging courses in the country. You will explore the full range of History from the end of the Roman Empire to the present day. You can also apply to add a placement year or a year abroad to your degree, this would increase the course from three years to four.


In the first year of your degree, you'll get an introduction into the disciplines of Literature and Advanced Historical Study. In the second year, you are required to engage with a range of periods and styles of Literary and Historical Study. The third year will include a dissertation as well as optional modules for both subjects.


History's aim is to make you better at thinking, speaking, and writing for yourself; and better at critically assessing the words that others speak and write. Thinking analytically, arguing clearly and concisely - these are fundamental skills in many jobs. Our graduates have gone on to find successful careers in a wide variety of fields. They work in teaching at schools and universities, in museums and galleries, in law, finance, banking and accountancy, the Civil Service, the charity sector, media, journalism, and the military and further study.


Our students acquire many skills which are readily transferable to a whole range of professions. You will learn to search for, gather and process information, to evaluate evidence and to express yourself clearly and succinctly, both verbally and in writing.


Academically, we inspire our students to develop as analytic, sensitive and creative readers and writers, yet an English Studies degree is worth so much more. We aim to transform students into independent thinkers with the ability to communicate their ideas clearly and effectively. It’s this skill set, coupled with effective organisational and research skills, that makes them so highly valued across a range of work environments. Outside of the classroom, we offer regular lectures and workshops that focus on personal development and key employability skills.


Graduates progress into a diverse range of careers and sectors, including roles in arts and theatre management, broadcasting, publishing and journalism, technical writing, business, marketing and advertising, teaching, higher education, law, the third sector and government.


Durham University: Inspiring the Extraordinary

We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world.

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting - Durham is a university like no other!

Admission requirements

4 Years
Sep-2024

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

9,250 GBP
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International Students

-
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Durham University: Inspiring the Extraordinary

Durham University is a globally outstanding centre of teaching, learning and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, in a unique and historic setting. Durham is a university like no other!

We conduct innovative and impactful research to transform lives and make a difference globally and locally: research to empower and inspire.

We offer a broad range of courses. Our degree programmes are informed by research undertaken by our high-calibre staff in partnership with policymakers, industry, the public sector and communities globally.
 
Alongside the outstanding education we offer to students, we believe that participating in every aspect of university life is fundamental. The deep affinities created by each of our 17 Colleges ensure that we always have a sense of community at the heart of all we do.

Durham's four Faculties offer a host of Masters/Postgraduate Taught courses covering a variety of subject disciplines:

  • Durham University Business School
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  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences & Health

Please visit the Durham University website (www.durham.ac.uk) for the full available suite of Masters/Postgraduate Taught programmes.

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