Do you enjoy finding out about the past – not just when things happened, but why? Are you interested in how works of literature relate to their context and the society which produced them? Are you fascinated by the history of the English language? Our English and History degree explores history through research, creative and critical engagement with texts, and the history of the English language. Distinctive in its approach, it integrates the study of cultural innovation and revolution with the persistent survival of past objects, values, and outlooks. You’ll learn how to analyse literature by considering historical culture, as well as how to discover the historical past by analysing texts, images, and artefacts. You’ll look at how past events can be interpreted from a range of perspectives to very different effects. And you’ll explore history in another way by researching the development of the English language – from its origins to its early modern form. You’ll have the opportunity to complete professional work placements during degree, gaining invaluable experiences that inform and challenge your understanding of academic theory and creative practice. You’ll benefit from our links with a wide range of organisations, which include museums, galleries, literary editors, publishers, and magazines. By placing professional experience at the heart of your experience, we’ll show you the professional need for the skills you’ve developed during your degree, along with the career opportunities open to you. **Graduate opportunities** You’ll have the chance to develop skills that will prepare you for work as a digital copywriter, editorial assistant or, after further study a primary/secondary teacher. You’ll also be well-prepared for a range of roles within the heritage sector or civil service. **Placement opportunities** We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out. Placements can take place in schools, film production companies, MPs’ offices, recording studios, libraries, museums and local newspapers.