BA (Hons) English and Film

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Explore English literature and study how literature features in television to film to the Internet, gaining an awareness of its appeal and relevance today.

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  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BA (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

Study literature in its most modern context alongside contemporary film theory on this Joint Honours degree.

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

This qualification will prepare you for a career in a number of areas of the cultural and creative industries.


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 19th century to the present day, providing a truly modern and interdisciplinary approach to literature. This will allow you to develop an appreciation of different genresand 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 Festivaland 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.

What you study

Year 1

  • Introduction to Literature
  • 19th Century Literature & Culture
  • Studying Literature & Culture in the Modern World
  • Narrative: Text & Film
  • Literature & Adaptation
  • Case Studies in Cultural Studies
  • Option module

Year 2

  • Film Studies
  • Popular Culture
  • The Modern Novel
  • Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

Option modules from:

  • Modern Drama
  • 19th Century Literature & Culture
  • Literature of Empire: Texts & Contexts
  • Creative Writing
  • Plus options shared with BA Film

Year 3

  • Understanding Cultural & Literary Theory
  • Cultural & Literary Theory into Practice
Four option modules from 
  • Science Fiction: Text & Film
  • Women’s Writing & Filmmaking
  • Romantic, Victorian & Modern Poetry
  • Creative Writing

Year 4

  • Dissertation

Four option modules from

  • Post-colonial Fiction & Film
  • The Twentieth-Century Scottish Novel
  • Cities Real & Imagined
  • Crime in Text & Film
  • The Gothic Tradition
  • Genre: Texts & Audiences
  • Critical Psychology

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.

This qualification will prepare you for a career in a number of areas of the cultural and creative industries which include:

  • film production
  • scriptwriting
  • teaching
  • arts administration

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. Click here for further information about 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.


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. 

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your 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 being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £11,950 £12,350

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