The Combined Honours programme offers you an opportunity to study two subjects at degree level, enabling you to benefit from high quality teaching across more than one subject. English: English is a well-established humanities discipline, which explores the role of the written word in defining and transforming human experience. The modern discipline of English is rooted in the study of literature and the language in which it is written. Students of English can expect to study all major periods and forms of literature and to learn how to analyse literary texts by drawing on disciplines such as history, sociology and politics. The study of English develops strong critical thinking and communication skills, attributes that are highly valued in humanities graduates by employers. At the Manchester campus, the English department has access to a community of internationally renowned writers and critics through the Manchester Writing School, one of the most successful of its kind in the UK. Its Creative Director is the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy DBE. You will develop the necessary skills in critical thinking and communication that are of value to graduates entering a wide array of career paths. History: Historical events have shaped the world we live in today. The past affects every aspect of our lives – from the language we speak, to the politics of race, gender, religion and identity. History will provide you with the skills to explore the social and political landscape of human consciousness throughout time and place. You will discover how people lived, and how they perceived and interacted with the world around them. Investigating past events, you will encounter war, injustice, new frontiers, political upheaval, ancient civilisations, invasions, conspiracies, catastrophes and revolutions. Studying history at Manchester Met will allow you to enjoy a programme of study that offers a wide and fascinating scope of time and place, from the bustling streets of Ancient Athens and Rome to the missile silos of the Cold War. You will have considerable freedom of choice, allowing you to select from a wide range of modules. Whether analysing the social history of the family or the political structures of mighty empires, our tutors have developed an exciting range of approaches to their subject. You will develop a variety of historical skills, which will allow you to explore specialist topics in detail. There is also the opportunity to spend your second year studying in either the USA or Australia. As we unlock the past, we seek to develop the individual, continuously aspiring to produce confident, intellectually flexible and articulate graduates fully prepared for the world of work or further study.