English Literature and History 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

English and History at Keele achieved 94% student satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey. Our research in History is among the best in the UK, rated highly for research impact in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Combined Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: QV31

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Course Overview

English Literature and History

School link:
School of Humanities

Great novels, poems, plays or short stories do not come out of nowhere. They are shaped by and reflect the historical and social circumstances of the times in which they were written and in many cases they make vital contributions to our understanding of those times. Keele has a strong tradition of studying literary texts within their historical contexts and this programme provides the perfect combination if you want to deepen your understanding of the times in which works of literature were produced.

History at Keele has internationally recognised expertise in world history from 400AD to the present day and English has strengths in medieval literature, early modern literature, eighteenth and nineteenth century British and American literature, modernism, and post-war and contemporary literature. 

What will this mean for my future?

Our graduates have gone on to work in teaching, journalism, media, the civil service, the heritage and museum sector, local government and management. Around a quarter of our graduates go on to take higher degrees and the degree opens the doors to many other higher education opportunities with many choosing to stay at Keele.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Reading Literature
  • Becoming a Critic
  • Historical Research and Writing
  • Medieval Europe
  • Modern History
  • Princes and Peoples: European History, 1490-1700

Second year

  • Romanticisms, 1780-1830
  • Age of Shakespeare and Donne
  • Victorian Performances
  • Post-War British Fiction
  • State and Empire in Britain, 1530-1720
  • Saints and Society in Medieval Europe
  • Imperialism and Empire
  • English Radicals and Writers
  • Power in the Modern World

Third year

  • Dissertation in English Literature
  • Edward II
  • Gender and Sexuality in Victorian Britain
  • Building Modernity: A History of the Skyscraper
  • Creative Writing Portfolio
  • History Dissertation