This joint honours programme offers the opportunity to study English Literature alongside the historical contexts out of which it emerged. Lecturers are leaders in their fields and cover the full range of English Literature and British History, combining the strengths of both disciplines, while maximising student choice and opportunities for specialisation. This joint honours programme gives students the opportunity not only to study English Literature and History as discrete subjects, but also to explore the possibilities and challenges associated with inter-disciplinary study. In your first year, you will receive a thorough disciplinary grounding in both English Literature and History. In your second year, a dedicated core course will allow you to explore the methodological and theoretical questions associated with interdisciplinarity, while you will continue to develop your knowledge in both disciplines. In your final year, you will be able to develop your own areas of expertise by choosing from a wide range of specialist options in both English Literature and History, and writing a dissertation on a self-selected topic. We offer students an extensive range of choices. Both our English Literature and History courses cover more than a thousand years from Anglo-Saxon to the present day. Both subjects also offer a global reach from postcolonial literature to European, American, African and Asian history. Throughout your studies you will be taught by Lecturers who are leaders in their fields. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of Manchester's rich archival holdings (particularly in the Medieval and Victorian periods), and will benefit from being part of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures which has a long-established commitment to interdisciplinary study. The English Literature and History joint honours programme allows you to combine the strengths of both disciplines while exploring the challenges of interdisciplinary work. Our programme structure both maximises student choice and allows you to develop your own areas of specialist interest. **The programme aims to:** - Develop students' understanding of the significance of historical context in the production and interpretation of literary texts. - Develop students' understanding of the literary text as historical evidence. - Foster a sophisticated understanding of the inter-relationship between English Literature and History as academic disciplines. - Develop a critical understanding of the methodological similarities and differences between the two disciplines. - Encourage students to reflect on the textuality of historiography. **Special Features** Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree. Exchange partners are offered in Europe, through the Erasmus Exchange scheme, or via the Worldwide Exchange scheme, in either the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong or Singapore. Both the History and English sides of the degree involve extensive engagement with the cultural assets of the University and the city, including the special collections of the John Rylands Library, the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama and the Whitworth Art Gallery.