The BA (Hons) English degree at the University of Lincoln explores a lively and varied collection of texts within their historical and theoretical contexts, from Medieval literature and the Renaissance to postcolonialism and postmodernism.
Throughout the course, students are encouraged to consider literature within a variety of theoretical, historical and cultural contexts. There are opportunities to study Victorian literature, Modernism, Romanticism and contemporary writing from a global perspective.
There are opportunities to explore poetry, fiction, drama and less traditional literary forms, such as life writing and graphic novels. Students can choose to develop a portfolio of creative writing pieces, as well as study texts from other creative industries including film, television and advertising.
Literary study at Lincoln is enhanced by talks by visiting speakers and contemporary writers, which have previously included Dame Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate and Visiting Artist at the University of Lincoln.
How You Study
A broad range of topics enables students to pursue areas of particular interest while developing critical-thinking skills in individual research projects.
The first year introduces narrative, poetry, drama, popular culture, literary history and literary criticism. In year two, optional modules include American Literature, Restoration Literature and Creative Writing.
There are opportunities to study abroad for one term during the second year. Students who do so are responsible for any associated travel, accommodation and general living costs.
In the final year, students can pursue specialist subjects such as the literature of childhood, Irish writing, science fiction, ecocriticism, and Gothic literature and film. Students are required to undertake a dissertation on a topic of their choice.
Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree
Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.
It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.
How You Are Assessed
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.
Many of our English academics are engaged in research which directly informs their teaching. There are particular strengths in 21st Century literature, 19th Century literature, Gothic studies and drama. Current research projects include studies on Shakespeare, women’s life writing, literary reactions to early photography, utopian theatre and eco-gothic.
Students with interests in creative writing and contemporary literature may benefit from readings and masterclasses by published authors. In the past, these have included Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy.
Activities such as play readings and film showings have previously been available on this course. Field trips have included a visit to Newstead Abbey, former home of the poet Lord Byron.
Field trips are optional and participation on trips will not impact upon grades awarded on this programme. The costs of transport and entry fees, where applicable, are covered by the School. Students are, however, expected to cover their own subsistence costs whilst attending field trips.
- GCE Advanced Levels: BBC
- International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall
- BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points
Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.
EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.
We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.
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