When you study literature you are not just reading and thinking about great books, you are also asking questions about society’s past and future, and ultimately interrogating your own past and future. During your time here you will be studying literature from the Renaissance to the present day, all within the vicinity of Horace Walpole’s Gothic mansion, Strawberry Hill House, which is located on our campus. The programme has a traditional and rigorous core of compulsory modules covering: Tragedy, Critical Theory, Renaissance Literature (including Shakespeare), Romanticism and Modernism. The literary training provided ensures that you will cover the conventional ‘classics’ meticulously. You will develop skills that will complement the unique and innovative optional units, which you can tailor to your interests and passions. Our History programme is designed to give you a broad overview of historical development and change over time, as well the opportunity to study particular periods and historical themes in more detail. It will enable you to develop the analytical and communication skills that are vital for gaining rewarding graduate-level employment. you can follow a general programme of modules or follow a pathway in Modern History or Early-Modern History.