BA English Literature (Part time)

Literature at UEA is vivid, contentious and alive: muddled up with passion, politics and play. Our BA in English Literature gives you a first-class grounding in literature from the middle-ages to the present, while challenging you to respond to your reading in inventive ways.

Whether handling fifteenth-century manuscripts in the Norwich archives, converting the argument of an eighteenth-century sonnet into the language of a political pamphlet, or writing your own critical introduction to a novel published only last year, your apprenticeship as a literary-critic here blends the acquisition of high-level analytical skills and broad and deep knowledge, with an attention to critical writing as a craft.

And Norwich is the place to learn the craft of the literary critic. World-renowned literature has been produced here from the c14th writings of Europe's first-ever female author, Julian of Norwich, to c21st work by the likes of Ian McEwan and Emma Healey.


The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing is famous for the quality and adventurousness of its teaching. It embraces several interlinked disciplines; for example, you can choose to study drama or creative writing alongside English and related literatures. The English Literature degree programme gives a rigorous grounding in writing from the medieval period to the present day – from the Arthurian Tradition via Shakespeare, Milton, Austen, the Brontës, Joyce, to novelists and poets who are still writing now – and it combines this with a range of innovative approaches and specialist topics.

The degree course is studied in an interdisciplinary atmosphere.  Alongside specialists in English Literature, you will also work with teachers and students who are involved with Creative Writing, Drama, Philosophy, Modern Languages, American Studies, Film Studies, History and History of Art.  The options system also allows you to explore one or other of these subjects yourself: in each of the three levels, besides your options within the English syllabus, you can choose one module from another discipline, according to your own interests and aptitude.

The whole programme is based on the conviction that literature is not an abstract or unworldly pursuit, but something which happens in the real world. That is why we teach historically, so that literature is seen in larger contexts; and it is why we host regular extra-curricular visits by contemporary writers who read and discuss their work. We also emphasise making literature as well as studying it: there is the opportunity to extend your awareness of literature through your own writing.  To facilitate all this we employ a variety of teaching strategies (small group seminars, larger-scale lectures, writing workshops, individual projects and dissertations). Assessment is carried out in each teaching module (either by coursework, assessed practical project or by occasional short exams) so that there are no ‘finals’.

Course Structure

Part time students are not permitted to choose Study Abroad or Erasmus modules. Other than this restriction and those listed below the range of modules is the same as the Full-time variant.

Level 4 in years 1 & 2

In Level 4 students complete 120 credits (80 Compulsory, 20 from Option Range A, 20 from Option Range B). Part time students will take a minimum of 40 and maximum of 80 credits per year, and a minimum of 20 credits each semester. In your first year of Level 4 you must take at least one compulsory module per semester.
Compulsory and Option Range A modules develop your core skills as literature students. Option Range B offers the opportunity to further develop your literary skills and interests. In your first semester you have the opportunity to choose from selected Faculty of Humanities modules that develop complementary skills and subject understanding. Pre-requisites: you are advised to consult the course profile for Level 5 modules you may like to choose, in case these have Level 4 pre-requisites. 

Level 5 in years 3 & 4

In Level 5 students take 120 credits (80-100 Range A, 20-40 from Option Range B, and 0-20 from Option Range C). Part time students will take a minimum of 40 and maximum of 80 credits per year, and must take a minimum of 20 credits per semester. In your first year of Level 5 you must choose at least 20 credits each semester from Option Range A. Pre-1789 requirement: in Levels 5 and 6 combined students must take at least 60 credits from modules on writing before 1789, and are required to complete 40 of these during Level 5.
Part time students are not permitted to choose Study Abroad or Erasmus modules.
Option Range A comprises core modules for literary study. Option Range B modules focus on writing in practice. Option Range C includes literature modules with specialist focus, further study from core or writing in practice modules, or you may select modules from other humanities subjects to tailor your study to specific interests. Pre-requisites: some level 5 and 6 modules in LDC and other HUM schools have pre-requisites. You are advised to make yourself aware of these when choosing your modules at each year level. This is particularly relevant to language modules.

Level 6 in years 5 & 6

In Level 6 students take 120 credits by selecting four 30 credit modules. 20-credit versions of level 6 modules are only available to non-HUM and Visiting Students. Part time students will take a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 90 credits per year, and must take a minimum of 30 credits per semester. Pre-1789 requirement: in Levels 5 and 6 combined, students must take at least 60 credits from modules on writing before 1789, and 40 of these must be taken at level 5. Consult the Catalogue for pre-requisites and restrictions.

Teaching and Assessment

Key skills, issues and ideas are introduced in lectures given by all members of faculty, including literary critics, literary historians and writers. More specialist study is undertaken in small group seminars. These are chosen from a range offered within the School and across the University. You will also spend time studying and researching in the library or carrying out practical work or projects. In most subject areas, you are assessed at the end of each year on the basis of coursework and, in some cases, project and examination results. In your final year, you will write a dissertation on a topic of your choice and with the advice of tutors. There is no final examination. Your final degree result is determined by the marks you receive in levels two and three.

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Course Modules


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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