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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 combines a mixture of close textual and visual analysis with an exploration of the critical theories that are applied to film and literature. You will also be encouraged to reflect on how the two disciplines – film and literature – can overlap.

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Year One

Compulsory Modules: 

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

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

English in Practice (ESH125) [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. 

Year Two:

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. 

In English, you will take sixty credits, selecting one module from Lists 1 and 2, and one or two modules from Lists 3 and 4.

List 1

Arthurian Literature: From Geoffrey of Monmouth to Game of Thrones (ESH283) [30 credits] [Show/hide module description]

Renaissance Literary Culture (ESH267) [30 credits] [Show/hide module description]

Renaissance Drama (ESH280) [30 credits] [Show/hide module description]

List 2

Representing London: Writing the Eighteenth Century City (ESH288) [30 credits] [Show/hide module description]

Romantics and Revolutionaries (ESH286) [30 credits] [Show/hide module description]

Victorian Fictions (ESH279) [30 credits] [Show/hide module description]

List 3

Architexts (ESH243) [30 credits] [Show/hide module description]

Modernism (ESH213) [30 credits] [Show/hide module description]

Postcolonial and Global Literatures (ESH285) [30 credits] [Show/hide module description]

List 4

List 4 comprises of a wide range of optional modules. You can get a sense of what might be on offer by viewing our English module directory.

Final Year:

In your final year, you will, subject to approval, take the compulsory, but unassessed, Livelihoods in English.

Optional Modules

The rest of your timetable will be made up of a combination of primarily English and Film Studies options. There are a wide variety of optional modules in English, allowing you to pursue the types of literature that interest you the most.

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 semester at a university abroad.

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

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