Manchester Metropolitan University

BA (Hons)

English and Film

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Regular readings, visiting speakers and literary events.
  • All strands of our degree programmes offer the opportunity to study abroad for a term.
  • The opportunity to be taught by internationally recognised academics in a variety of specialist areas.
  • Opportunities to work with acclaimed authors on creative writing in a variety of genres. The Department of English at our Manchester campus is a large and vibrant community of around forty internationally renowned writers and critics. The department is home to the Manchester Writing School, the most successful of its kind in the UK. The Creative Director of the Manchester Writing School is the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
  •  Students on the Manchester campus have a wealth of opportunities to engage with the many conferences, readings, research programmes, festivals and competitions run by the department, and to build their own networks among our many partners in the dynamic Manchester cultural and creative community. 
  • We pride ourselves on offering intellectually challenging programmes of study in a friendly and student-centred environment. 
  •  The size of the department and our flexible course structure means that students on all pathways are able to choose course units from a wide range of options, including Film, American Literature and Creative Writing.
  • Our diverse assessment methods support students in developing presentation and team-working skills which are highly valued by employers.

Placement options

The Department of English works closely with a number of local schools and voluntary organisations that give students the opportunity to gain experience in a range of areas, including youth work, education, creative workshopping and video production. These placements are generally on a voluntary basis, though some work in local schools has been waged.

About the course

Reflecting the varied and flexible nature of the study of English and film, the course scheme enables students to study both elements in equal depth and can be divided into a number of key areas. The course covers literature in all major forms (prose, poetry, drama) and from all periods from the Renaissance onwards, whilst the film modules focus on key film genres (including melodramas, musicals and horror), key directors, various film movements and national cinemas.

In terms of the Film side of the joint degree, students can expect to undertake:

  • The acquisition of the language of filmic analysis through close consideration of individual films, directors and film movements, specific film genres and national cinemas.
  • The exploration of film against its historical background and cultural context.
  • Engagement with a range of theoretical perspectives, drawn from film studies and related disciplines.

The English and film degree thus enables students to divide their time and their interests between both subject areas. But this is not to say that we view English and film as separate subjects. In fact, we place great emphasis on the value of interdisciplinary study and aim to equip our students with a sound knowledge of each discipline and with a range of critical skills that are pertinent to exploration of the literary text, the film text or both. 

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Year 1 is split evenly between film-specific units and units introducing literary study. English and Film students take core units in Narrative, Critical Dialogues, Questions of Cinema, and Histories of Cinema. 

Year 2

In Year 2 there are two core units on film and a choice of options from the wider English programme, including opportunities to study American literature and culture, and creative writing units.

Year 3

In Year 3 you will undertake an independent, film-related research project, in which you'll either pick your own topic, or work to a brief set by an academic or an external organisation. You also have a free choice of options from a diverse range of units.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Methods of Assessment

Text analyses, critical essays, research projects, annotated bibliographies and essay plans, creative exercises (including stories, poems, scripts), critiques (selfevaluations), oral presentations, examinations and short class tests and a dissertation or other major project.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

  • Year 1 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 85% independent study
  • Year 2 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Year 3 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 85% independent study
  • Year 1 75% coursework; 25% examination
  • Year 2 75% coursework; 25% examination
  • Year 3 75% coursework; 25% examination
Optional foundation year
  • Study 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Assessment 75% coursework; 25% examination

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required


104-112 UCAS Tariff points from three A2s or acceptable alternatives. 

An English or Film subject at GCE A Level is preferred e.g. English Language, English Literature, English Language/Literature, Film Studies or Media Studies. Subjects such as Creative Writing, Drama, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Religious Education, History, Media Studies and General Studies will also be considered

Performing Arts, Production Arts or Creative Media Production are preferred from applicants studying BTEC qualifications

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

106-112 UCAS Tariff Points from Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3 -  units taken must include some element of literary or cultural study.

International Baccalaureate points


IELTS score required for international students

6 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Your career prospects after the course

Graduates enter a wide range of employment, especially media work and teaching, where their transferable skills are particularly relevant.

Recent graduates have become school and college teachers, and gained employment in fields as diverse as banking and finance, manufacturing and retail.

There is also the opportunity to engage in further study and professional training, for example some of our graduates go on to study creative writing at postgraduate level in our Manchester Writing School under the creative direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

However the opportunities for further study are diverse and some students have undertaken further professional training to work in law, public administration, management, and librarianship.


In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Full-time applications through UCAS

Part-time applications - download an application form at

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Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

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