School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics



Our degree programmes typically run over three Stages (or years). Degrees in Linguistics with a foreign language run for four Stages. Each Stage is divided into two semesters.


At each Stage you complete modules to a value of 120 credits. Each degree programme page on the Undergraduate website lists the compulsory and optional modules available.

Compulsory modules make sure you have the essential background for your studies, especially at Stage 1.

At Stages 2 and 3, the range of module options increases to allow you to explore in depth the areas of the subject which interest you most. At these Stages, modules are grouped into categories called Bands.

The requirements for each degree use the Bands to guide your choice. This is to make sure you experience a good range of topics and approaches within your field, but at the same time have plenty of choice among individual modules.

It is also possible to take modules from outside the School as part of your English degree.

Teaching methods

Tutorials and seminars are especially important elements of our programmes. You will also attend lectures and do your own private study and library work. On some modules you may also do group work with fellow students as preparation for presentations or tutor-led seminars.

The quality of our teaching was recognised by a rating of excellent in the most recent government teaching quality assessment exercises.

There is some emphasis on extended study, ie an essay on a particular topic of your choice. These studies become more in-depth as you proceed from Stage 2 to Stage 3. Both Literature and Language students may choose to write dissertations in their final year.


Most modules are assessed by submitted work, traditional exams, or a combination of those.

Assessment takes place during or at the end of the semester in which you study a module. Some modules are also assessed in part through presentations or performance.