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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 7.8k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 9.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    Teaching is enriched by Sunderland's research, some of which has been classed as 'world-leading' by the latest Research Assessment Exercise. The English team is recognised as one of the top research teams in the University.

    The core modules cover the principles of studying and writing about literature. They also help you acquire valuable skills in communication and analytical thinking. We encourage you to become culturally empowered and highly articulate.

    There is also a range of optional modules that allow you to develop a love of literature alongside like-minded students and within a creative and supportive environment. The options include 'Writing and Reading Narrative Fiction', 'The Novel: from Realism to Modernism' and 'Contemporary Irish Poetry'.

    In the final year you will be able to choose from a range of cutting-edge specialist options based on the research interests of the English staff. You will also develop your research skills through writing a 6,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice.

    A degree in English has long been a way of opening doors to most graduate career schemes. It is also very well-recognised and well-regarded among employers.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline 15th January/October Tuition fee
    • GBP 7800 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 9500 Year (International)
    Start date September 2015 15th Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

    Course Content

    Modules on this course include:

    Year 1 (national level 4)

    • Studying and Writing about Literature 1 (20 Credits)
    • Studying and Writing about Literature 2 (20 Credits)

    Optional modules:

    • Writing and Reading Narrative Fiction (20 Credits)
    • Lyric Poetry and Narrative Poetry (20 Credits)
    • Introduction to American Literature (20 Credits)
    • Introduction to Creative Writing (20 Credits)
    • Introduction to Drama (20 Credits)

    Year 2 (national level 5)

    • Literature: History, Theory and Criticism (20 Credits)
    • Critical Approaches (20 Credits)

    Optional modules:

    • Renaissance Literature (20 Credits)
    • 18thCentury Literature (20 Credits)
    • Romanticism (20 Credits)
    • Victorian Literature (20 Credits)
    • 20thCentury American Writing (20 Credits)

    Final Year (national level 6)

    • Dissertation of 6,000 words on a topic of your choice (20 Credits)

    Optional modules:

    • Shakespeare (20 Credits)
    • Late Medieval Literature (20 Credits)
    • Contemporary British Fictions (20 Credits)
    • Storytelling in Post-War American Fiction (20 Credits)
    • World Englishes in Fiction (20 Credits)
    • Representations of Totalitarianism and the Holocaust (20 Credits)
    • The Novel: from Realism to Modernism (20 Credits)
    • Contemporary Irish Poetry (20 Credits)

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 60(Grade C)

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    Our typical offer will be in the region of 260 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x AVCE double award).

    We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

    We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.

    Other acceptable qualifications

    BTEC National: 260 points from a BTEC Certificate or Diploma.

    Access Courses: We would require successful completion of an Access to Higher Education course that is accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency. We would also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or the equivalent as part of your course.

    Scottish Highers: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

    Irish Leaving Certificate: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Sunderland.


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