English with Psychology
Understanding the psychology behind great literature
Why take this course?
Psychology provides a theoretical framework to approach literature's ability to represent complex human minds and behaviour. In this rewarding degree you can focus on literary topics relevant to psychology alongside studying psychology itself.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Engage with and evaluate current critical debates
- Undertake work or research placements, volunteer roles and internships alongside your study
- Take up the option of some foreign language study
Please note that this is not a British Psychological Society (BPS) conferred degree award.
What opportunities might it lead to?
You will be well positioned to find employment in a variety of fields including teaching, publishing, journalism and media. While studying English literature is a great foundation for a career in the arts, the sophisticated analytical and presentational skills you will gain are also highly valued by a range of non degree-specific graduate employers.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
- television script writing
- public relations
- web design
- further academic study
I have really loved the way that English literature and psychology can be studied so well together. Although two clear established academic subjects, I am constantly finding links between the two; studying them together is a rewarding and fulfilling experience.
Harriet Johnstone, BA (Hons) English with Psychology student 2013
- UCAS Course Code:
- 3 years full time
240-300 points from 3 A Levels or equivalent, to include 100 points from A Level English.
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man full-time students: £8,750 p/a*
International full-time students: £10,500 p/a*
*Please note that all fees are subject to annual increase.
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- School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
Structure & Teaching
- Literary History
- Literary Theory
- Key Ideas in Human and Animal Behaviour
- Psychology of Everday Life
- Introduction to Narrative
- Introduction to Poetry
Core units include:
- Literary History 2: Nineteenth Century to Present
- Eighteenth Century and Romantic Literature
- Early Modern Drama
- American Literature
- Nation and Travel
- Victorian Literature and Visual Culture
- Biological and Cognitive Psychology
- Social and Developmental Psychology
- Individual Differences and Psychometrics
- Literary Prizes and Public Acclaim
- Shakespearean History
- Crime Writing
- Languages (University Wide Option)
- Learning from Experience
Core units include:
- Dissertation (English Literature)
- Early Modern Literature and the Bible
- Englightenment: Literature, Culture and Modernity
- Magical Realism
- Postmodern Historical Fiction
- War and Fascism
- Tracing Borders: Women and Writing 1890-1940
- Twentieth Century Avant-Garde Fiction
- Friendship, Community and Identity in Seventeenth Century Poetry
- Charles Dickens
- European Literary Decadence
- Consuming Fictions: Food and Appetite in Victorian Culture
- Holocaust Literatures
- US Masculinities
- (Re)writing Revenge on the Early Modern Stage
- Language and Communication
- Introduction to Forensic Psychology
- Issues in Clinical and Health Psychology
Teaching and Assessment
Our teaching approach involves lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. A personal tutor will guide you through study skills, research management and dissertation work during your studies, and you will participate in group discussions and projects.
How are you assessed?
We use a range of assessment methods including essays, close textual analysis, presentations and a dissertation. You will work with your peers to discuss ideas and produce group presentations.
The final classification of your degree award is determined by your overall performance in the second and third year.
Dr Elodie Rousselot
English with Psychology
This is the course for you if you are passionate about studying English literature and want to learn about psychology: this course offers you an opportunity to study two disciplines which complement and challenge each other in fascinating ways.
Facilities & Features
The Study Centre
A suite of rooms with a comfy seating area, desks where you can work, printers, Mac workstations and access to the wireless network so you can log in using your own laptop. There are also several study rooms where you can work on group projects, alongside access to the University 3rd Space.
You will be taught by specialist staff who are actively undertaking research in this field, ensuring you are kept abreast of the latest developments. Staff are members of the Centre for Literary Studies (CSL) and the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR).
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Careers & Opportunities
This degree is a great preparation for a career in publishing, the media, teaching or research. As well as being a good foundation for a career in the arts, the course will help you develop sophisticated analytical and presentational skills, which are also highly valued by a range of non degree-specific graduate pathways including human resource management and information services work. You’ll also possess a firm foundation to continue your studies at Masters or PhD level
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- recruitment consultant
- museum curator
- public relations officer
- information analyst
This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option, which means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you’re involved in alongside your study.
We can offer you a number of work experience opportunities in a range of local organisations during your degree course. Currently these include projects at the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the New Theatre Royal, with local government departments and political groups, and a number of our students have worked on small research projects for the local community.
Finding a job is a competitive business, but the statistics show that 89 per cent of our 2011graduates went into employment, further study or training within six months of finishing their degrees.
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
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