BA (Hons) Combined Honours English / History

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Overview

Pair these two subjects and you can explore the social and political landscape of human history and investigate the many ways writers have helped to reflect and shape the world around them.

English:

Rise to the challenge of English and you’ll set off on an exciting intellectual journey to a future filled with creative possibilities.

This course takes an innovative, modern approach to literature, focusing on drama, prose, fiction and poetry from the 17th century to the present – balancing the traditional with the modern.

Flexibility is key to our approach and as your course progresses you’ll be able to choose course units to suit your own particular interests, such as creative writing, film and cultural theory. Or why not focus geographically and culturally on writing from the USA, Ireland, Africa, India and the Caribbean? And in your final year, you’ll get a chance to spread your wings with a substantial piece of project work that presents a thesis, building on the skills you’ve been developing over previous years.

Our lively department is staffed by internationally renowned writers and critics, and there’s a strong research culture, creating a learning environment that is both supportive and intellectually challenging. And with our extensive cultural links both in Manchester and further afield, you’ll be in the right place to begin building a creative network for your future.

History:

From ancient civilisations and great empires, to terrible battles and the roots of our modern society, history is a vast landscape to explore and understand.

The past is part of our every day lives, shaping our world profoundly. Study history and you won’t just learn about what happened in the past. You’ll develop a better understanding of the how and why of the events that make us who we are. In other words – you won’t just discover the story, you’ll investigate and interpret its sources, impacts and meanings.

This degree programme offers a roadmap for exploring the social and political landscape of human history. You’ll look at a huge variety of times and places – immersing yourself in wars and famine and poverty, charting technological leaps and social progress, and unearthing conspiracies, catastrophes and revolutions. And that’s just in your first year.

Researchers work to search for new discoveries, fresh perspectives and unknown aspects of our history. With this degree we’ll give you the skills to do the same.

 This course has a Foundation Year available.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Studying a combined honours degree gives you the opportunity to improve your employability by developing 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

26

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element

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

Course details

English:

This course takes an innovative, modern approach to the study of literature, focusing on drama, prose, fiction and poetry from the 17th century to the present, and balancing the traditional with the modern. There are opportunities to take units in creative writing, film and cultural theory, as well as writing from the USA, Ireland, Africa, India and the Caribbean. Students who have studied English Literature or Language appreciate the course’s core interest in the analysis of literary language, and those with good qualifications from across the humanities perform just as well. We pride ourselves on our excellent teaching, flexible provision, highly positive student feedback and strong research culture.

History:

The past holds a strong grip on the present, shaping our lives profoundly. On our programmes you will be introduced to a number of different approaches to the study of the past. This will give you the ability to look behind the headlines, question what you are told, and express your own opinions effectively. You will also be offered the opportunity to undertake collaborative projects with museums, galleries and other external partners, equipping you with practical, ‘real-world’ experience and a competitive edge in the modern graduate jobs market. In the first year, you will be introduced to a broad range of historical periods and themes. In the second and third year, you can pursue your own areas of interest by choosing from a wide variety of option units. In the third year, the most important element is the independent project often based on original source materials.

 

Combined Honours programmes offer you the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/minor or named route combinations.

In the first year, you will study each subject combination equally. Two core units for English, two core units for History. The core units for year one are shown below.

English units:

  • Approaches to Narrative
  • Critical Dialogues

History units:

  • The Rise of Persecuting Society
  • Aspects of World History

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Core Units

The Rise of the Persecuting Society

This double unit looks at the issue of social control and the persecution of those who do not conform.  It examines many forms of oppression, often based on religion, race, gender or politics, and seeks to understand the reasons for the mistreatment of those groups who are identified as so-called threats.  A number of case studies are selected for detailed study, ranging in time and subject from the crusades, slavery and witchcraft, to 20th century examples such as the Holocaust or the history of Eastern Europe.  This unit also includes an introduction to information technology skills for historians.

Approaches to Narrative

This unit introduces the critical study of narrative, providing you with the appropriate critical skills and vocabulary with which to analyse different forms of prose narrative, introducing a range of texts from different historical periods, traditions and genres. It develops key skills in the areas of planning and writing essays, and supports structured reflection on the transition to university-level English studies.

Critical Dialogues
This unit introduces you to some key topics in critical and cultural theory and the critical and research skills required for the study of English at university level. The unit is an introduction to a number of key topics in critical and cultural theory and to a range of distinct approaches to the analysis of literary and cinematic texts.
Combined Honours - Aspects of World History

You will choose one option from the following two units:

1. Introduction to Ancient History

This unit introduces you to the fascinating world of classical antiquity, and will focus particularly on both Classical Greece and Republican and Imperial Rome. The aim of the unit is not only to immerse you in the vibrant world of antiquity, to bring its classical civilisations to life, but also, through the textual, iconographic and material evidence those cultures left behind, to provide you with the skills required for further study of the ancient world.

This unit is split into three distinct blocks, each designed to introduce students to one aspect of ancient history. In the first block, students will be introduced to the fascinating world of ancient Greece. The second block of the unit explores Gaeco-Roman Egypt. In block three we move on to Rome. 

2. Aspects of World History: North America from Columbus to Civil War

In November 2012, the United States decided its first black president deserved a second term of office. This unit will help you to understand the history behind this momentous event. It focuses on the history of North America from the period of the first white contact through to the end of the Civil War in 1865. You will explore why white Europeans wanted to cross the Atlantic initially and look at the factors that determined the nature of colonies such as Virginia, Massachusetts and South Carolina, and their relationship with Britain. The other themes within this unit are American Independence and the creation of the United States, along with Slavery and the coming of the Civil War.

Units of study available in Year 2 of a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route you wish to take through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. This is where you will begin to shape the learning of your degree to your own interests. 

You can continue with equal study (2 units from each subject) or choose a major/minor route (3 units from one subject, 1 unit from the other subject). You must study the core unit from each subject. 

Please note that your choice of units available to study may be informed by your study choice of equal or major/minor and, for some units, the grades you achieved in Year 1. Not all units are available for all study options.

Indicative English options available in Year 2 may be: 

  • Nineteenth-Century Writing to Modernism
  • Postwar to the Present
  • Film Genre & Mode

Indicative History options available in Year 2 may be: 

  • Empires in World History
  • Europe, Nazism and War, 1930-1945
  • Greeks and Romans: Living and Dying in Classical Antiquity

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme. 

For an indication of units currently available please see our single honours degrees for unit details:

English

History

Units of study available in your final year of a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route you wish to take and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. This is where you will begin to shape the learning of your degree to your own interests. 

You can continue with equal study (2 units from each subject) or choose a major/minor route (3 units from one subject, 1 unit from the other subject). You must study the core unit from each subject. 

Please note that your choice of units available to study is informed by your study choice of equal or major/minor. Not all units are available for all study options.

Indicative English options available in Final Year may be: 

  • Critical Project

Indicative History options available in Final Year may be: 

  • Independent Project

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme. 

For an indication of units currently available please see our single honours degrees for unit details:

English

History

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:

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Assessment
Optional foundation year

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.

Meet our expert staff

Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation 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: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £14,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. 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)

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.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £14,500 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).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

English is a reading subject 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 often choose to buy their own laptops but computers are available on campus, and laptops and iPads are available for students to borrow.

Funding

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