The English programme is dedicated to the study of a wide range of literary works from classical antiquity to the present day. Our long established degree has evolved in accordance with the changing interests and requirements of our students and with the flourishing research activities of our staff.
We look forward to introducing you to works which we feel are integral to a good grounding in the English literary tradition and to exploring with you the most recently acclaimed contemporary poetry, drama and prose.
As a student on the English degree you will become acquainted with a diverse and exciting array of literary works. We offer popular options in women’s writing, Gothic fiction, children’s literature, film theory and contemporary poetry and fiction, in addition to a series of modules which build on our close links with the Creative Writing team.
The University has exchange arrangements with some European universities which provides the wonderful opportunity to spend a full semester studying abroad (teaching is in English and funding may be available).
The University has a professional partnership with the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, one of the country’s leading regional theatres, bringing many benefits including work placements, and free or low-price theatre tickets.
The Octagon Theatre Prize is awarded annually for achievement in writing drama, and includes a workshop with professional actors and director followed by a public performance of the winning play.
In addition to deepening your appreciation of the richness of literature available for study in English you will develop a range of analytical, interpretative and presentational skills in the field of literary study which have potentially wider application.
You will also cultivate a range of cognitive and practical transferable skills appropriate for employment or postgraduate study, such as the ability to research, evaluate and apply concepts and ideas.
The University of Bolton is linked via creative partnerships with The Octagon Theatre, Bolton, and Write Out Loud (the poetry organisation). The University also works with BBC North which helps our students and staff regularly engage with the BBC.
The first and second year of the programme are made up of core units in the study of poetry, prose and fiction. These are supplemented by ‘cluster’ modules which focus on the close study of contemporary writing and on literary works that have proved inspiring for the course team. We also have modules dedicated to scholarship and employability.
In the third year of the programme you choose modules which best suit your developing literary interests. You also write a dissertation on a topic of your choosing under the supervision of a subject specialist.