This Joint Honours degree gives you the chance to explore society through historical evidence and its literary works.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAA-AAB
IB: 35-36 points
Your module choices span centuries and continents, giving you the chance to study history and literature from around the world, and from the Dark Ages to the contemporary era.
Your modules will dovetail, enabling you to explore topics from both a literary and historical perspective. For example, you might study:
- colonial India alongside postcolonial Indian literature
- postwar Britain alongside that period's representation in film
- the history of Victorian Britain alongside the Victorian novel
The degree will equip you with a broad range of skills, including close reading and literary analysis, and the ability to evaluate a wide range of historical evidence. You'll have the opportunity to use that expertise in your own personal research projects.
Field trips and eventsField trips and events
Studying at Newcastle means much more than your time spent in the classroom or the library.
We organise regular field trips to cultural and historical venues, such as:
- local theatres
- The Wordsworth Trust (Dove Cottage)
- Lindisfarne and Bede’s World
- Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books
- local museums including Beamish and the Great North Museum
The University is also home to the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA).
This brings internationally renowned writers to Newcastle, through a year-long festival of readings, discussion and debate.
Boost your employability with a work placementBoost your employability with a work placement
Apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so.
You’ll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability.
Find out more about Work Placements.
Study abroadStudy abroad
You may study abroad either in Europe via the Erasmus programme or further afield via the Non-EU Study Abroad exchange programme.
You will have the opportunity to study abroad for one semester in your second year through the Erasmus programme. The work that you do and the grades you achieve are counted towards your final degree. You can study at universities in:
- Czech Republic
Non-EU Study Abroad Exchange Programme
We have study abroad links with universities in:
- Hong Kong
- the USA
Facilities and supportFacilities and support
As a Joint Honours student, you will divide your time between the School of History, Classics and Archaeology in the recently refurbished Armstrong Building and the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics in the Percy Building.
Our multi-award-winning University Library Service, with over one million books, a huge range of electronic resources, and a Special Collections department with excellent historical and literary books and manuscripts are available to support your studies.
The University-led Great North Museum, adjacent to campus, includes world-class archaeological treasures and a resource-rich library.
Our Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts (NCLA) provides readings and events.
Newcastle University Students' Union is home to one of the best student newspapers in the country, The Courier. You can submit poetry and short prose for the School's magazine, Alliterati
You'll have a personal tutor throughout your degree – an academic member of staff who can help with academic and personal issues. You'll also have access to a peer mentor in your first year – a fellow student who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.
There are lively societies (EngSoc and HistorySoc) in both schools. There's also an active student drama scene on campus, with two student drama societies open to all.
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
Study at the cutting edge
The content of modules in both English and history is shaped by the research specialisms of our staff, many of whom are international leaders in their field.
This means you have access to the very latest ideas and discoveries in your subject, as well as exploring new and exciting areas of study.
In English, our research is focused in five key areas:
In history, the geographical range of our research encompasses:
- the Americas
- the Middle East
- Europe and the British Isles
You can normally expect to spend 9-10 hours per week attending lectures, seminars, workshops and film screenings.
You supplement this with around 25 hours per week on class preparation, reading, writing, and other kinds of independent research recommended by your tutor.
- Documentary commentaries
- Individual and group presentations
- Discussion-board postings
- End-of-semester examinations
Find out more
Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details section.
Visit our Teaching & Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to all students at Newcastle University.
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Modules for 2016 entry
The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).
Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.
You take compulsory modules to equip you with the foundation you need for further study.
You select up to two modules from Lists A and B below:
- HIS1025 World Empires
- HIS1027 European History
- HIS1044 Aspects of British History
- HIS1046 The History of the Americas
- SEL1003 Introduction to Literary Studies 1
- SEL1004 Introduction to Literary Studies 2
- SEL1023 Transformations
You take 40 credits from List C, and 20 credits from both Lists D and E.
- HIS2003 Religion and Politics in Tudor England c. 1470-1558
- HIS2012 Clash of Civilizations: Islam, the Crusades and the Mongol Invasions (c. 750-1300)
- HIS2055 The Later Russian Empire 1796-1917
- HIS2072 Anglo-Saxon England: From Roman Britain to the Norman Conquest, 410-1066
- HIS2078 Approaches to the History of Western Medicine
- HIS2082 Twentieth Century Spain 1898-2004
- HIS2084 Europe's Reformations
- HIS2085 Pre-Columbian and Spanish America
- HIS2087 A Civilian's War: the Second World War, 1939-1945
- HIS2103 The Dark Ages: Early Medieval Europe and its Neighbours, 500-900
- HIS2114 Death, Dying and the Dead
- HIS2123 The Family, Sex and Society in Early Modern England
- HIS2124 A History of Contemporary Britain
- HIS2131 American Slavery, American Freedom: Black and White America in the Age of Revolutions
- HIS2132 The Criminal Atlantic in the Long Eighteenth Century: Pirates, Convicts and Rebels
- HIS2133 Society and Politics in Colonial India, 1880s-1947
- HIS2140 Survey History of Japan
- HIS2212 History and Memory in the United States
- HIS2219 Oral History and Memory
- HIS2239 New: Middle East/Ottoman Empire
- HIS2234 Atlantic Slave Trade, 1450-1870
- HIS2235 The Soviet Experiment: 1917-1991
- HIS2238 Disease in Society ca.1700-1900
- SEL2201 Reading the Renaissance
- SEL2202 Writing New Worlds, 1660-1800
- SEL2203 Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832
- SEL2216 Poetry, Script and Prose Workshop
- SEL2219 Monsters, Misery and Miracles: Heroic Life in Old English Poetry
- SEL2205 Fictions of Migration
- SEL2206 Contemporary Cultures
- SEL2207 Modernisms
- SEL2217 Popular Performance Here and Now
- SEL2204 Victorian Passions: Victoria Values
Alternatively, you may replace 20 credits in List C or D with one of the following career development modules:
- NCL2007 Career Development for Second Year Students
- NCL2100 Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability
- NCL2010 Career Management Module
You take your final 20 credits from either List C, D or E. Alternatively, you may select modules to a maximum of 20 credits from those offered by other schools, with the approval of the Degree Programme Director.
Work Placement (optional)
You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more about Work Placements.
You also take at least 20 credits and not more than 40 credits from Lists F and G below:
- HIS3000 Reading History
- HIS3030 History and Society
- HIS3035 Elizabeth I: the Politics of Religion
- HIS3131 China in Revolution
- HIS3134 The Great Patriotic War and its Aftermath
- HIS3135 Nazi New Order
- HIS3138 Art of Empires, 1750-1850
- HIS3181 The American Civil War, 1861-1865
- HIS3203 Madness, Nerves and Narratives
- HIS3204 The English Revolution, 1640-1660
- HIS3205 Fascism in Italy, 1914-1945
- HIS3206 The Irish Revolution, 1879-1923
- HIS3212 Reconstruction and the New South, 1865-1914
- HIS3218 Hogarth! The artist and his life in Georgian London 1697-1764
- HIS3219 Living Together: Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Iberia
- HIS3222 The Jarrow Crusade
- HIS3227 Latin America through the Foreign Gaze
- HIS3229 The Spanish Second Republic and Civil War, 1931-1939
- HIS3240 Civil Rights in America, 1948-1975
- HIS3278 England, 1714-1820: The Birth of a Consumer Society
- HIS3279 Popular Politics and Reform in Britain, 1811-1850
- HIS3283 Russian Revolution
- HIS3295 Royal Portraits: Christian Kings and Kingship, c870-c930
- HIS3321 Viking-Age Scandinavia
- HIS3326 Women in Colonial South Asia
- HIS3328 Imagined Futures
- HIS3330 New: Middle East/Ottoman Empire Module
- SEL3379 Enlightened Romantics
- SEL3093 Coming of Age in the Renaissance
- SEL3373 Women of Virtue and Women of Pleasure
- SEL3340 Journeys of the Imagination in Romantic Poetry
- SEL3303 Writing Rebellion: The Literature of the English Revolution
- SEL3090 Chaucer, Chivalry, and Heresy in the Middle Ages
- SEL3308 Murder, Mystery, Mayhem: British Detective Fiction, 1850-1950
- SEL3338 Home, History, Heritage:
- SEL3346 Contemporary Documentary 1: Theory and Practice
- SEL3091 Sex and Money: Economies of the Victorian Novel
- SEL3319 Spielberg Generation
- SEL3378 Landscapes of American Modernism
- SEL3347 Contemporary Documentary 2: Theory and Practice
- SEL3323 English Ghost Story: Forms and Themes
- SEL3359 Victorian Dream Worlds
- SEL3370 Writing the Postcolonial Nation: Literature from the Indian Subcontinent
- SEL3388 Reading Contemporary Cultures
- SEL3387 The Child: Representations in Literature and Culture
- SEL3386 Modernist Poetry: Pound to the Beats
- SEL3389 Stage and Page: Character and Performance, 1660-1800
- SEL3390 A New Empire: Fiction and the Rise of Global Capitalism
Having taken at least one module from Lists F and G, you may also choose to take one of the following:
All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered.
The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.
A LevelsA Levels
AAA-AAB including English Literature or English Language and Literature at grade A and History at grade A or B, not including General Studies.
Scottish QualificationsScottish Qualifications
AAAAA-AAABB at Higher Grade including English at grade A. Advanced Higher in English at grade A is preferred. Combinations of Highers and Advanced Highers accepted.
Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.
International BaccalaureateInternational Baccalaureate
35-36 points with English A1 at Higher level, grade 6, and History A1 at Higher Level, grade 5 or 6.
Irish Leaving CertificateIrish Leaving Certificate
H1H1H1H2H3 at Higher Level, with minimum Grade H1 in English and History.
Access QualificationsAccess Qualifications
45 level 3 credits at Distinction, to include at least 15 level 3 credits in English Literature.
Cambridge Pre-UCambridge Pre-U
D3,D3,D3-D3,D3,M2 in Principal Subjects including English at grade D3 and History.
Extended Project QualificationExtended Project Qualification
If you offer the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification in a topic relevant to the degree programme, we will vary our offer to recognise this.
PARTNERS - A LevelsPARTNERS - A Levels
ABB including English Literature or English Language & Literature and also including History, not including General Studies.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
English Language RequirementsEnglish Language Requirements
Other International QualificationsOther International Qualifications
ABB at A level is typically the minimum required for entry to an undergraduate course. You can check the equivalent grades for qualifications offered in your country.
Undergraduate Admissions Policy
See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).
English and history careers
As an English and History student, you will develop a broad range of skills which are highly regarded by employers in many sectors, including the ability to:
- analyse and summarise material
- work to a deadline
- critically evaluate evidence, organise ideas and present a coherent argument
- present complex material accurately, clearly and persuasively
As a result our graduates enter a wide variety of careers, including:
- human resources
Qualities such as self-motivation, teamwork and leadership may also be gained through non-academic activities and work experience.
Watch video interviews with former English students talking about their experiences at Newcastle and their careers since graduating on the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics website.
What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices
See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.
The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.
Careers and employability at Newcastle
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.
94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.
Fees & Funding
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
Tuition fees for 2018-19 have not yet been confirmed.
£9,250 in 2017-18
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
- The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK/EU students is set by the UK government.
- As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
- Newcastle University has guaranteed that EU students entering our University in 2017 will pay the UK (Home) rate of fee for the full duration of their programme of study.
- Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
- See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Tuition Fees (International students)Tuition Fees (International students)
Tuition fees for 2018-19 have not yet been confirmed.
£13,980 per year
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
If you spend a year on placement or studying abroad as part of your degree you may pay a reduced fee for that year.
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
See more information relating to all aspects of student finance at Newcastle University.
Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)
Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)
Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.
Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
UCAS codes for Newcastle University
- institution name - NEWC
- institution code - N21
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Making your application
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