201–250 th
World University Rankings 2021
42 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2019
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English Language and Literature - University of Reading

On this programme, you develop your understanding of English as a living and dynamic global language while exploring a diverse range of literary texts from Britain, America and elsewhere. Our Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics has been a leader in the field for 50 years. We place a strong emphasis on applying theory to real-life situations, and on transferable skills such as problem-solving, team-working and data-analysis. You will learn how to research issues in the social sciences and how to conduct fieldwork. You will enhance your knowledge of grammar and phonetics, learn about how language is used in different social settings, how language is acquired by children and adults, and how our uses of English are being re-shaped by the media. You will study the same number of modules in English Literature as in English Language. You will read more of major authors like Shakespeare and Dickens, Sylvia Plath and Samuel Beckett, but you will also be able to explore the most exciting contemporary writing from Britain, America and the Caribbean. Whether your interests are in creative writing, publishing studies or children’s literature, you will be able to develop your own interests with expert help; we believe that the study of English literature provides not only a rewarding challenge and an active pleasure, but also the foundation of a critical and cultural awareness that will remain with you for life. In your first year, you study six modules, three in English Language ("English language and society", "Sounds, grammar and meaning"and one optional module e.g. "Globalisation and language") and three modules in English Literature ("Genre and context", "Research and criticism", and a choice of either "Poetry in English", "Creative writing" or "Persuasive writing"). Second year modules in English Language build your skills in grammar, phonology and sociolinguistics. In Literature, you choose modules ranging from Renaissance lyric poetry to contemporary fiction. In the third year, your module choices are more diverse and specialised: from "Editing the Renaissance" to "Class matters", from "English in the world" to "Child language development". In English Language, the core module "Language and communication in professions" will enable you to understand how language is used in various professional contexts. You will research a dissertation on a subject of your choosing, in either language or literature, or if you are more focused on the practical sense you may choose to carry out a Professional Communication Project. Throughout your degree you will be thinking about the career choices that will enable you to thrive after graduation: we will help you put in place the skills and experience that you need to launch that career. Our innovative placement scheme gives you the chance to undertake an academic placement in commerce, industry or the arts. You can also take a placement module on languages and literature in education and in the media. Our students have been very successful at winning places on the University’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme, and have worked on real research projects on multilingualism, child language development, digital editing and archive studies. **Careers** The interdisciplinary scope of this degree prepares you for a wide variety of professions. Our students are now working as teachers in the UK and as teachers of the English Language in China and Japan (among other places). Our graduates work in publishing and the media, (Oxford University Press, the BBC and ITV). They also work as communication experts in large organisations like the NHS, in banks and in government. Many of our students continue their studies at MA and PhD level too. Your communications skills, your ability to research a problem thoroughly, to manage data and documentation, and to present ideas and policies clearly and persuasively, will equip you for the career you want.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,ReadingUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £16,475