Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

English and American Literature and Culture

Undergraduate                  BA (Hons)

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What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Literature Lab

  • Transformative Texts in American Literature

  • Travels in Text and Time

  • America in Theory

Optional modules

  • Classics of British Children’s Literature

  • Reading Fiction

  • American History – Birth of a Nation

  • Approaches to Poetry

  • Drama and Performance

  • Literature in a Digital Age

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Optional modules

  • The Age of Chivalry and Romance

  • American Rebels: Reading 20th Century US Counterculture

  • Brief Encounters with the Victorians

  • British and American Modernism

  • The Child in British and American Literature

  • Love and Desire in Renaissance Literature 1530-1633

  • Visionaries and Rebels: Romantic Poets from Blake to Tennyson

  • Cold War Culture

  • Modern Art in America

  • Themes in American Photography

  • American Gothic

  • Collaborative Arts Practice: Creative Enterprises

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

  • Sentiment and Scandal

  • Reinventing Literature, 1950 to Now

  • Voyage Out: Travel, Empire and Cultural Encounters

  • Written on the Body: Rethinking Gender and Sexuality

  • Documenting America: Themes in American Nonfiction Film

  • Musical-Made America

  • Reagan’s Polarised America: a Cultural Study of the USA in the 1980s

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Dissertation/Project Preparation

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Authorship and Identity in Renaissance Literature

  • Contemporary Fiction

  • The Courtly

  • Crime Fiction

  • Gothic

  • Literary Heritage: The 19th Century Today

  • Playing God

  • Post 9/11 Literature of the US

  • Speaking Pictures: Literature and the Visual Arts

  • Unruly Subjects and Early Modern Texts

  • The Globalisation of American Culture: International Perspectives on America as a Cultural Superpower

  • History of Hollywood Horror

  • ¡Mi Raza Primero! – a Cultural Study of Mexican Americans in the 20th/21st Centuries

  • MOMA: Creating the Culture of Art in America

  • American Slavery in Literature and Film

  • Childhood Trauma and Its Aftermath in Contemporary Fiction

  • Crossing the Line: Frontiers, Coasts and Borders in the Literature of America

  • Shakespearean Transformations

  • Secrets and Lies: Victoria Decadence and Degeneration

  • Special Author

  • Writing the Revolution: Sex, Religion and Politics in 17th Century Literature

  • American History by Hollywood

  • Conspiracy Culture: the Paranoid Style in US Politics, Society and Culture

  • Disney Studies

  • Doin’ Time: American Prison Culture of the 20th and 21st Centuries

  • Radical Culture in the Red Decade

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More about this course

From Hull to Hollywood, deepen your understanding of the culture and history of the British Isles and the United States, past and present. Our staff are experts in their field, and their research underpins the diverse range of modules available. You’ll study topics in a range of disciplines including literary studies, cultural studies, film and television studies, visual studies and history.

Inspiration is everywhere, on and off campus. Philip Larkin, Winifred Holtby and Andrew Marvell are among the notable figures who have left their literary mark on the city. Writing and writers are also central to the legacy of Hull’s status as UK City of Culture in 2017, and our programmes will provide you with exciting opportunities to be part of the literary and creative scene at the University – and beyond.

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Study English in the city described as the most poetic in England, where Philip Larkin wrote most of his best work.

Become part of the thriving literary and creative scene at the University and beyond.

Ranked the best in the country for student satisfaction in the 2018 Complete University Guide.

Hull pioneered American Studies in the UK and boasts one of the finest collections of resources.

Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 120 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

120 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,500

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

We maintain close links with graduate employers and we find that our graduates are extremely adaptable to the many career opportunities open to them. Some take the traditional employment routes of arts students – journalism, teacher training and the public services, for example – but many begin careers in commerce and industry. Recent graduates have found employment with the following public and private sector organisations: East Riding of Yorkshire Council, J.Sainsbury, Marks and Spencer and the Ministry of Justice.

Others choose to continue their studies as postgraduates, so you may be interested in what we offer at MA, MPhil and PhD levels.