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BA (Hons) English/History
BA (Hons) English/History

BA (Hons) English/History

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A levels, AAA, including English Literature and History (English Language and Literature is also acceptable)

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma, 39 credits at Distinction, including at least 6 credits in Literature-related units and 6 credits in History-related units, and 6 credits at Merit or higher

  • BTEC National Extended Diploma, DDD with additional A Levels or equivalent qualifications in English Literature and History at grade A.

  • Cambridge Pre-U, D3, D3, D3 including English Literature and History

  • European Baccalaureate, 85% overall, with 85% in English Literature and 85% in History.

  • International Baccalaureate, 36 points, with 6 in all Higher Level subjects, including English Literature and History

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components

Course Information

A combined English and History course offers one of the most wide-ranging and adventurous of university degrees, tackling key aspects of human culture. 

You can discover more about the Department of English and Related Literature’s exciting degree programmes by watching our video.

Incredible chronological breadth and thematic scope – find out what it’s like to study History at York.

Both departments are part of our Faculty of Arts and Humanities, which is ranked 42nd in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The Department of English and Related Literature is ranked 2nd in the UK and the Department of History is ranked 7th in the UK in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

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Year 1

In the first year of your degree, we’ll introduce you to the undergraduate study of English and History. Our modules will give you the skills you need to start undertaking literary and historical research, and advice on how to combine the two disciplines.


Core modules

Your core modules in English are designed to lay the foundation of literary study for your whole degree.

Get a feel for the shape of literary history by studying works from the medieval, early modern, eighteenth-century and Romantic, and modern periods.

  • Approaches to Literature I: Writing Modernity

  • Approaches to Literature II: Other Worlds

Establish important critical and methodological contexts for the study of literature. You will develop strategies for essay writing, engaging with criticism and critical theory, and revising work to improve its fluency and persuasiveness, as part of the Department’s innovative Writing at York provision.

  • Key Concepts: An Introduction to Genre, Theory, and Writing


Core modules

Your core modules in History will cover topics such as:

  • Evidence and Methods

  • Group Research Project 

  • Knowledge and Beliefs in World History

Year 2

Core module

  • Texts and Histories

Our bridge module is designed specifically for English/History students and taught by a member of staff from each department. This module is the cornerstone of your combined course programme; it will provide you with a range of critical and analytical skills that are applicable across periods, and that will highlight the possibilities offered by studying two disciplines.

In addition, you’ll choose from a range of intermediate modules across the English and History departments.


Option modules

You will choose from the same breathtaking range of English options as our single subject students. These include Writing Now, Research Now, and our Intermediate Option Modules, which allow you to deepen your understanding of the relationship between literary works and the cultural, historical, and political contexts in which they were produced. These may include topics such as:

  • The Shock of the New: Medieval Literature

  • The Renaissance

  • Inventing Britain, 1700-1830

  • Victorians: British Literature, 1832-1901

  • Age of Extremes: Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature

  • American Literature: From the First World War to the End of Empire

You'll also be able to choose from subjects included in our World Literature modules. Recent offerings have included:

  • An Introduction to Greek and Latin Literatures

  • European New Cinema

  • French Poetry 1844-1898

  • The Literature of Hispanic America

  • Medieval Arabic and Persian Global Literature

  • Muslim Translations of Britain

  • Old Norse Literature

  • The World of Beowulf


Option modules

You will choose from a selection of Histories and Contexts option modules. Recent examples have included:

  • Ancien Régime France, 1500-1787

  • Ending European Empires: Decolonization after 1945 in Comparative Perspective

  • From Grave Robbers to Gene Therapy: The Rise of Modern Medicine

  • Histories in Public: Understandings of the Past in Today's Society

  • Kingship, Rule and Mythmaking: England 1065-1307

You will choose from a selection of Explorations option modules. Recent examples have included:

  • An Inconvenient Truth: Climate and Capitalism in the Modern World

  • Catherine the Great 1763 – 1796

  • From the Global Shadows: Africa and the World since the 1950s

  • Knowledge and Empire, c.1760-1965

  • The British Atlantic World, 1576-1692: From Roanoke Colony to the Salem Witch Trials

  • The Good World: Visions of Rule and Power in Italy, 1200-1400

  • The Long Black Freedom Struggle in the U.S. since 1865

  • The Making of England, c.850-1066

  • The Pursuit of Happiness: The Politics of Leisure and Pastime in Twentieth-Century America

  • Uniting the Kingdom: Britishness and the Four Nations, 1707-1815

Year 3

In your third year you will concentrate on your dissertation as well as choosing topics to focus on with our option modules.


Option modules

In English, you will choose from the department’s Advanced Option Modules. These reflect the wide-ranging and cutting-edge research expertise of the Department, and our options cover literature from the classical period to the twenty-first century, as well as film and creative writing. Students can typically choose from around 25 options.  Recent offerings include:

  • American Independent Film

  • The Body in Modern American Literature and Culture

  • Charles Dickens

  • Fashion in the 18th Century

  • Found in Translation

  • From Tennyson to Tolkien: The Middle Ages & Modern Literature from 1843 - 1940

  • Green Romanticism: Nature, Ecology, Calamity

  • Modernism's Queer Spaces

  • Poetry Boot Camp

  • Pulp Fictions of Medieval England: Romance and Popular Fiction

  • Researching the Renaissance

  • So Funny it Hurts: Irish Comic Fiction

  • Villains of the Romantic Gothic

  • The Writer's Notebook: A Prose Fiction Workshop


Option modules

You will choose from a selection of History Special Subject option modules. Recent examples have included:

  • Francis Bacon: Myth, Magic and Morals

  • From Colonial to Post-Colonial States? The Twentieth Century Caribbean

  • Improvement, Modernization or Violence? 'Development' in Historical Perspective

  • Inquisitors and Heretics in the High Middle Ages

  • Ireland in the Age of Revolution

  • Ploughing the Sea? The Spanish American Wars of Independence, 1750-1830

  • Possession: Objects and Ownership in Early Modern England, c.1650-c.1750

  • Reading and Writing in Late-Medieval England

  • Rebellion and Revolution: The British Civil Wars, 1637-51

  • Revolution in the Streets: Faith, Poverty, and Religious Ferment, c.1200

  • Second-Class Citizens: Migration in Modern Europe

  • The French Wars of Religion, 1559-94

  • The Ghosts of Gandhi: India and Africa since the Late Nineteenth Century

  • The Russian Revolution, 1917-21


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