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BA (Hons) in English and Film Studies

See also the KIS data for Queen Mary's BA English and BA Film Studies programmes.

Programme Overview

This degree offers a detailed investigation of the range of theoretical and critical approaches that have shaped English and Film Studies in recent years. The programme's unique approach combines textual analysis and critical theory with hands-on production work. As part of the programme you will have the opportunity to use Queen Mary's state-of-the-art film-making facilities, which include the 41-seater Alfred Hitchcock screening cinema, a ‘black box’ production studio, and two editing suites. We are proud of our strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, and our staff are internationally recognised researchers who will expose students to the most innovative work in the two disciplines.

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Year One

Compulsory Modules: 

In year one, you will take one compulsory English module, and three compulsory Film Studies modules:

Reading, Theory, and Interpretation (ESH102) [Show/hide module description]

Introduction to Film Studies (FLM100)

Approaches and Analysis (FLM401)

These modules have been specially designed to equip you with the necessary skills to critically interrogate literature and film.

Optional Modules:

In English, you will select one of the following three options:

Shakespeare (ESH101) [Show/hide module description]

Literatures in Time: Texts and Contexts from the Eighth to the Sixteenth Century (ESH110) [Show/hide module description]


  • Poetry (ESH124) [Show/hide module description] AND

  • Narrative (ESH123) [Show/hide module description]

Years Two and Three

In your second and third years, you will continue to develop your understanding of both text and screen. In the second year all students on the programme take one compulsory Film Studies module:

  • What is Cinema? Critical Approaches (FLM003)

This is a module designed to introduce you to a broad range of theoretical and critical ideas pertinent to the academic study of film. The rest of your timetable will be made up of a combination of primarily English and Film Studies options. There is a long list to choose from that typically features around sixty modules in English and twenty in Film Studies.

Popular English modules include:

James Baldwin and American Civil Rights (ESH271) [Show/hide module description]

James Joyce's Ulysses (ESH319) [Show/hide module description]

Late Victorian Literature (ESH315) [Show/hide module description]

Narratives of Magic and Witchcraft (ESH377) [Show/hide module description]

The Contemporary American Novel (ESH6005) [Show/hide module description]

Writing Muslims (ESH6026) [Show/hide module description]

Virginia Woolf (ESH330) [Show/hide module description]

Text, Art and Performance in London (ESH227) [Show/hide module description]

Court of Henry VIII (ESH272) [Show/hide module description]

Satire, Scandal, and Society (ESH223) [Show/hide module description]

For popular options in Film Studies, see the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film website. You may also, in consultation with your advisor, be able to elect to study modules offered by other departments within the Faculty of Arts.

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Entry requirements:
We typically require 320-340 UCAS points, with an A in English Literature or English Language and Literature at A2 level or equivalent. For joint degrees, please also check with the other department for their requirements. For more information, see our section on Entry Requirements.

Length of course:
Three years

Opportunity to study abroad:
Queen Mary offers you the opportunity to apply to join the International Exchange Programme, enabling you to spend a year or a semester at a university abroad.

You will find extensive information on fees and finance on the main College website.

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