BA (Hons) English and Film

Undergraduate, Full-Time

English and Film BA (Hons)



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Overview

Explore literature in its most modern context alongside film theory and criticism in this Joint Honours degree.

The BA (Hons) in English and Film degree will deepen your interest, understanding and knowledge of important texts, genres and concerns in modern literature from across a wide and diverse area of cultural studies, including: popular culture, genre fiction and film, adaptation studies, TV studies, new media, creative writing, critical psychology, and socially-relevant modules examining cultural representations of crime, urbanism, ecology, global conflict, and more.

You'll also gain a strong foundation in a range of global cinemas, including the theoretical and historical debates that have helped to shape our understanding of film.

This course will develop your critical and theoretical skills, and help prepare you for a career in a number of areas of the cultural and creative industries.

The BA (Hons) in English and Film is not a practical film-making course. However, the University does offer plenty of other practical courses in this area, in both film and television. Visit our media study area for further details.

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Mode of Study:

Full-Time

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

QP33


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Course details

You'll explore genre, narrative, adaptation, film technology, documentary, experimental filmmaking and contemporary trends in film theory and criticism.

A lot of emphasis is placed on the diversity of cinematic practices, as well as the social, political, cultural, historical and philosophical contexts within which films are produced.

English is studied from the early nineteenth century to the present day, providing a truly modern and interdisciplinary approach to literature. This will allow you to develop an appreciation of different genres and explore the value of literature in the modern world.

You'll have the opportunity to study film and literature side by side, across a range of modules and delve into debates around issues of genre, gender and practice.

A vibrant city with a great literary and cinematic heritage, Edinburgh offers a wonderful learning environment and plenty of relevant cultural events, such as the Edinburgh International Film Festival and International Book Festival.

This is a full-time course studied over four years. You'll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and independent study.

Module choices in creative writing and screenwriting will allow you to apply your understanding of literature and film to your own creative work.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Academic modules are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and independent study. Some of your film modules are taught at the Screen Academy Scotland.

  • note and pen Assessments

    All your modules are assessed by coursework, including: essays; presentations; creative writing options; reading diaries; online writing activities, such as blogs and discussions. There are no formal sit-down exams on modules offered by the English teaching team.

  • briefcase Work placement

    Our dedicated placement scheme offers the opportunity to:

    • Gain teaching experience in primary or secondary schools in Edinburgh
    • Participate in our award-winning partnership with the Scottish Prison Service
    • Apply for research project internships.
  • study abroad Study abroad

    Our study abroad schemes give you the opportunity to apply to study at foreign universities, including:

    • Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
    • Ryerson University Toronto, Canada.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Introduction to Literature: Texts and Contexts
  • Reading Texts: Analysing Film, Literature & Culture
  • Critical Contexts: Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory
  • 19th Century Literature and Culture
  • Literature & Adaptation
  • Film History

Year 2

  • The Modern Novel
  • Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
  • Film Theory

Three option modules from:

  • Popular Culture
  • Modern Drama
  • Narratives of Social and Sexual Deviance: Rethinking the Victorians
  • Literature of Empire: Texts & Contexts
  • Creative Writing: Finding Your Voice
  • American Outlaws: Modern American Writing
  • Global Literatures of Conflict
  • Film Production Management
  • A non-subject specific option (from a range of set choices)

Year 3

  • 21st Century Literature
  • Cultural and Literary Theory: Debates and Applications

Four option modules from:

  • Science Fiction: Text & Film
  • Women’s Writing & Filmmaking
  • Unacknowledged Legislators: Poets in History and Society
  • Everyday Life in 20th Century Literature and Film
  • Creative Writing: Genre Writing
  • Narratives of Nature
  • The First World War and Modernity
  • TV Studies: An Introduction
  • TV Scriptwriting
  • Film Production Management (if not taken in Year 2)
  • Work-Related Learning in Film
  • Copyright in Photography, Film and Literature

Year 4

  • Dissertation

Four option modules from:

  • Post-colonial Fiction & Film
  • Modern Scottish Fiction
  • Lateness and the Modern
  • Reading Experiments: Children’s Literature and Science
  • Cities Real & Imagined
  • Crime in Text & Film
  • The Gothic Tradition
  • Fictions of Terror
  • Memoir, Documentary and the Essay Film
  • Critical Psychology

Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

ABBB including English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BBBC including Grade B in English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. For further information, see our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

BCC including English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B1, B1, B3 at HL including English.

New Grading System:

H2, H2, H2, H3 at HL including English.

HNC

Pass HNC in a related subject with Grade B in the graded unit.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject, plus A Level English Grade C.

BTEC (QCF) Diploma

Minimum grades D*D* (Distinction*, Distinction*) in a related subject, plus A Level English Grade C.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 29 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6,5,5 including English.

Minimum year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC including Grade B in English.

A Level

BBB including English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DDD (Distinction, Distinction, Distinction) in a related subject, plus A Level English Grade B.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £12,350 tba
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

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Career opportunities include:

  • Writer
  • Teacher 
  • Publisher
  • Film Producer
  • Scriptwriter
  • Arts Administrator


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