BA (Hons) Joint Honours English and History

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Overview

This course is a popular joint honours combination which brings together two subjects with highly complementary approaches and interests.

As well as offering a balanced combination of core and option units rooted in each of the two subjects, this course has been designed so that students growing knowledge and skills in each subject will help them develop a distinctive perspective and distinctive strengths in the other. At level 4, for instance, students will study the history of Manchester as a radical city on the History side of their joint curriculum, and the various ways in which it has been represented on the English side. As they do so, they will be developing foundational skills in the study of each discipline.

Students will have opportunities to study abroad and, if they wish, to take their third year as a placement – in Britain or abroad. In their final year, students will have a chance to spread their wings with a substantial piece of project work that presents a thesis, building on the skills they’ve been developing over previous years. 

The English and History subject groups are staffed by internationally renowned writers and academics, and there’s a strong research culture, creating a learning environment that is both supportive and intellectually challenging. We pride ourselves on our excellent teaching and highly positive student feedback. And with our extensive cultural links both in Manchester and further afield, students are in the right place to begin building a network for their future.

This course has a Foundation Year available.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Studying a joint honours degree gives you the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in two subjects.

The course aims to develop a number of transferable skills well suited to a broad range of graduate employment. Possible roles include those in the media, law, management, teaching and public and social services. You could also progress to postgraduate study.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

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

An English subject at GCE A Level is preferred e.g. English Language, English Literature, English Language/Literature.  Subjects such as Creative Writing, Drama, Theatre 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

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points -  units taken must include some element of literary or cultural study.

International Baccalaureate points

6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element

IELTS score required for international students

26

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

Course details

In Year 1, you’ll explore a range of key topics to enable you to begin to develop a thorough understanding of English and History.

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Core Units

Global History 1: Empires, Migration and Cultural Encounters

This unit, linked with Global History 2: Empires, Migration and Cultural Encounters, provide students a fundamental survey of world history. This module introduces students to the histories of relocation, encounter, empire, and migration that have shaped our world. The module uses a comparative and transnational approach, via case studies, introducing general themes in the history of migration and cultural exchange associated with mobility, imperial expansions and post-colonialism.

Global History 2: Empires, Migration and Cultural Encounters

This unit, linked with Global History 1: Empires, Migration and Cultural Encounters, provide students a fundamental survey of world history. This module introduces students to the histories of relocation, encounter, empire, and migration that have shaped our world. The module uses a comparative and transnational approach, via case studies, introducing general themes in the history of migration and cultural exchange associated with mobility, imperial expansions and post-colonialism.

History in Focus 1

This unit, with History in Focus 2, exposes students in their first year to subject choices in areas that can include Ancient History, Medieval and Early Modern History, European, American and World History. Students explore areas related to their potential interests. The topics and subjects on offer can vary year to year.

History in Focus 2

This unit, with History in Focus 1, exposes students in their first year to subject choices in areas that can include Ancient History, Medieval and Early Modern History, European, American and World History. Students explore areas related to their potential interests. The topics and subjects on offer can vary year to year.

Approaches to Narrative 1

An introduction to the analysis of narrative forms and genres, focussing primarily on pre-20th Century texts.

Approaches to Narrative 2

An introduction to the analysis of narrative forms and genres, focussing primarily on 20th and 21st Century texts.

Metropolis 1: Reading Manchester (15 credits)

This unit introduces key skills for University study. You will learn skills of close reading and textual analysis, practised on a range of cultural forms and focussed on representations of Manchester as a diverse, international city.

Metropolis 2: Writing Worlds

An introduction to skills of research, writing and project development. You will develop your own independent project and put into practice the analytical skills developed on Metropolis 1: Reading Manchester.

In Year 2, you’ll continue to build on your knowledge and skills developed in Year 1. A range of option units will be available to you.

Please note, these option units are indicative of what options may be on offer in Year 2 of this programme but may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Postwar Literature and Culture

A unit that is about reading in context. You will focus on a diverse range of texts and genres from the 1940's to the 1970's, considering the relationships between aesthetic form, thematic content and historical context.

Contemporary Literature and Culture

You will practice reading in context, focussing on the relationships between aesthetic form, thematic content and historical context in a diverse range of texts and genres from the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Critical Approaches to History 1

This unit exposes students in their second year to areas of history suited to their intended exit award pathway. Students will be able to choose from a menu of subjects in ancient, medieval/early modern and modern history. The topics and subjects on offer can vary year to year.

This course offers a placement year option which can be taken up in Year 3. Where a placement is not undertaken you will study the following final year units.

Please note, these option units are indicative of what options may be on offer in Year 3 of this programme but may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Arts & Humanities Project

You will work with a supervisor to define an independent project on an appropriate topic of your choosing. You may focus on an academic subject or work with an external partner. Preliminary research will generate a detailed proposal, which will form the basis of a guided independent research-based project to produce an extended piece of work that presents a thesis. Your final submission will be an individual project that builds upon the skills you have developed on your course.

If you have completed a placement in Year 3 you will study the following final year units in Year 4.

Please note, these option units are indicative of what options may be on offer in Year 4 of this programme but may be subject to change.

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Core Units

Arts & Humanities Project

You will work with a supervisor to define an independent project on an appropriate topic of your choosing. You may focus on an academic subject or work with an external partner. Preliminary research will generate a detailed proposal, which will form the basis of a guided independent research-based project to produce an extended piece of work that presents a thesis. Your final submission will be an individual project that builds upon the skills developed on your course.

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 of 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:

Study

Assessment

Department of English

Our Department of English is a large, vibrant community of around fifty internationally renowned writers and critics, and is home to the Manchester Writing School and Centre for Gothic Studies.

As well as a solid grounding in the traditional core of the subject, the department offers a modern and innovative approach to the study of English, with all strands of its degree programmes offering the opportunity to study abroad for a term.

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Taught by experts

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.

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Fees

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2312.50 per 30 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £15,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international students: Part-time fee: £3750 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

£300

English and History are reading subjects and students must have access to a copy of all set texts. Primary texts are held in the University library but students often prefer to possess their own copy. Prices vary but many are cheaply available and set texts are often available online for no cost. Students often buy texts second hand, and there is a book exchange in the Atrium of the Manton building. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents.

Some option units include trips to relevant events or venues, e.g. theatres, museums, exhibitions, libraries. These are optional.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

Full-time applications through UCAS
Part-time applications - download an application form at www.mmu.ac.uk/applicationform

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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