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English Literature and History BA(Hons)

2024-25 (also available for 2025-26)

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Start date

16 September 2024


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. On this course, you could get involved in the award-winning Huddersfield Literature Festival, an international literature event that attracts some of the biggest and best writers worldwide.
  2. Like past graduates, you could go on to a broad range of exciting careers, in teaching, writing, local government, PR, the media and law.
  3. You’ll have the chance to head out of the classroom to enhance your learning on a field trip, which are heavily subsidised or free. 

Do great works of literature inspire you? Or perhaps you’re fascinated by the events and people that have shaped the modern world?

The chance to study English Literature and History side by side gives you a unique and enriching view of both subjects, as each can inform the other.

The English Literature element of the course spans hundreds of years of inspiration, from the English Renaissance of the 16th Century to the present day. Whether you love Elizabethan drama or twenty-first-century poetry, the Victorian period or modernist writing, you can indulge your tastes and gain new interests.

Your choices on the History side of your degree are equally wide ranging, covering the cultural, social, historical, and political dimensions of key events and eras. You can study conflicts, empires, disasters and more, from the medieval period right through to contemporary society.

Why study English Literature and History BA(Hons)

With an even split of both subjects, the course will see you choose from a range of option modules, and enjoy diverse and unique forms of coursework, as well as excellent employment prospects.

You’ll gain applied skills as well as academic knowledge and you’ll head out of the classroom on a variety of exciting fieldtrips. Plus, each year, students can get involved in the Huddersfield Literature Festival.

The transferable skills you’ll gain can lead to a varied range of career options and you’ll glean and hone skills in management, research, communications, teaching, planning, writing and leadership. Past graduates are now in teaching, writing, local government, PR, the media, and law roles*.

You might decide to pursue further study, instead, pursuing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or continuing your English literature and/or history education at Master’s level.

*Source: LinkedIn

Course detail

Core modules:

Writing the Past

This module explores the history of English language and literature from c. 700 to c. 1700. It will examine the social, stylistic, political, cultural and economic circumstances within which certain key texts were written as well as their literary and linguistic features. This module will consider the status of literary texts not only as evidence for the development of genres and literary forms, but also as forms of historical and linguistic evidence. You will explore a range of evidence including material culture and visual representations alongside written sources including poetry, prose, and drama.

The Past in the Present: An Introduction to Public History

This module will introduce you to the place of history in the public sphere. Utilising a range of case studies, it will help you understand and critically analyse how the past is produced and presented in a range of places that include museums, the media and online. With input from academics and those involved in the creation and curation of public history, this module will also help you develop your communication and employability skills.

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking enables us to go beyond the surface of information, using analytical skills to dissect, question, and evaluate ideas with a detective's curiosity and a scientist's precision. The module will hone your intellectual skills in reasoning and close analysis, improve your ability to present arguments effectively, and equip you to plan and conduct an independent research project. This module will also provide support for planning your personal and career development.

Introduction to English Literature

This module introduces you to a diverse range of literary texts, representing the principal genres on which the Western literary tradition is built. It also explores how these genres have been adapted, modified, and reformed in response to historical and cultural change. It helps you situate this knowledge in relation to overarching questions about the key concepts, skills and terms used throughout the study of literature at university level.

Entry requirements

To find out if you’re eligible to start this course in September 2024 and get more information on how to apply, please see our Clearing pages or call our Clearing Helpline on 0333 987 900001484 472777.

If you’re interested in studying this course in September 2025, please view the 2025-26 course information.


The course offers a compulsory 5 week work placement in Year 2. If you’re studying full-time, this course also offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Recent graduates have taken placements at The Royal Armouries, Wilson Solicitors, National Coal Mining Museum, Transline Group, West Yorkshire Archives Service, Kirklees TV, Numberworks & Words and a range of primary and secondary schools including Dixons Kings Academy.

I was attracted to the University of Huddersfield because of the History department's good reputation. As part of the course I did a 6 week placement in a High school in Halifax. It was a useful, challenging experience, which allowed me to develop many transferable skills.


Debbie Kearns, English Literature and History BA(Hons)

Hear from our Students

Your Career

As an English Literature and History graduate, you are valued for the advanced skills you have developed in analysis and communication, self-motivation, teamwork, creative problem solving and persuasiveness. Studying history alongside English allows you to keep your career options open.

Our graduates have gone on to a variety of careers within teaching, writing, local government, archives, the media, PR, law, politics and accountancy.

A selection of organisations that have employed Huddersfield graduates in recent years include BBC, Roma Publication, Emerald Group Publishing, House of Commons, the Civil Service, Royal Armouries Museum, National Mining Museum and British Red Cross. Others have opted for PGCE study and have become teachers, or continued their studies at Master's level.**

*Percentage of our undergraduate students from these subject areas go on to work and/or further study within fifteen months of graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 2019/20, UK domiciled, other activities excluded).

**Source: LinkedIn

90-95% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Research excellence

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry.

Over 90% of research produced within English at Huddersfield is ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent. Our impact case studies performed exceptionally well with 100% internationally excellent 20% of this rated as world leading. (REF2021).

98% of research produced by History at Huddersfield is internationally recognised, and two thirds of this is internationally excellent or world-leading. Our impact studies scored particularly highly being rated 100% internationally excellent or world leading (REF2021).

For more information, see the History Research section of our website.

Important information

Although we always try and ensure we deliver our courses as described, sometimes we may have to make changes for the following reasons

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by our terms and conditions, Handbook of Regulations and associated policies. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan.

Although we always try and ensure we deliver our courses as described, sometimes we may have to make changes for the following reasons

Changes to a course you have applied for but are not yet enrolled on

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment. We may occasionally have to withdraw a course you have applied for or combine your programme with another programme if we consider this reasonably necessary to ensure a good student experience, for example if there are not enough applicants. Where this is the case we will notify you as soon as reasonably possible and we will discuss with you other suitable courses we can transfer your application to. If you do not wish to transfer to another course with us, you may cancel your application and we will refund you any deposits or fees you have paid to us.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

Changes to option modules:

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have an equivalent range of options to that advertised for the course. We will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes:

We will only make major changes to non-optional modules on a course if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change is a change that substantially changes the outcomes, or a significant part of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum. For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators or a commissioning or accrediting body. We may also make changes to improve the course in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback or to ensure you are being taught current best practice. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment, or pandemics.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but may happen sooner in an emergency. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed in accordance with the student protection plan.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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