601–800 th
World University Rankings 2020
151–200 th
Young University Rankings 2019
126-150 th
European Teaching Rankings 2019
All Saints Building, All Saints, Manchester, M15 6BH, United Kingdom

English and American Literature (with Placement)

**Overview** A degree in English and American Literature offers the opportunity to study writers and writing from cultures both united and divided by a common language. Reflecting the varied and flexible nature of English and American literatures, this course enables you to explore both in equal depth, as you look at how writers from the entwined cultures have reflected and shaped the worlds around them. You’ll explore English literature in all its major forms – prose, poetry and drama – and from all periods, from the Renaissance onwards. At the same time, you’ll look at literature from the USA, from its inception to the present day, relating it to its social and historical contexts, while considering American writers’ enduring struggle to articulate national identity. The course engages with a range of theoretical perspectives on literature and culture, drawn from English and American Studies and related disciplines. But crucially it also recognises that American literature is integral to, rather than separate from, the study of literatures in English. You will have the opportunity to study abroad, including in the US, if you wish, and also the option to do your third year as a placement in Britain or abroad. In your final year you will get the 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. We pride ourselves on our excellent teaching and highly positive student feedback. 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. **Features and Benefits** The English team is friendly, supportive and passionate about the subject, providing a stimulating environment for our students. Access to the many conferences, readings, research programmes, festivals and competitions run by the department. Engage with the Manchester Children’s Book Festival, a year-long programme of events and activities. We’ll help you build your own network among our many partners within the creative and culturally rich city of Manchester. Our diverse assessment methods support students in developing presentation and team-working skills which are highly valued by employers. You will have the opportunity to spend your third year on an industry placement. **Career Prospects** Graduates enter a wide range of employment, especially media work and teaching, where their transferable skills are particularly relevant. Recent graduates have become school and college teachers, and gained employment in fields as diverse as banking and finance, manufacturing and retail. There is also the opportunity to engage in further study and professional training, for example some of our graduates go on to study creative writing at postgraduate level in our Manchester Writing School under the creative direction of Poet Laureate Professor Carol Ann Duffy DBE.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,ManchesterUnited Kingdom