English Literature and Media 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

News media, novels, photographs, plays, magazines, poems, TV programmes, films, advertisements, and digital media all reveal aspects of cultures in profound and thought-provoking ways.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.

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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: PQ33

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Course Overview

English Literature and Media

School link:
School of Humanities

On this course you’ll explore the meaning and significance of a wide variety of texts within their originating cultures and historical periods. You’ll explore a range of approaches to literary and media study. You’ll learn, for example, how to ‘read’ a photograph and how to ‘see’ a novel. You’ll consider the historical, socio-political, economic, gender and geographical contexts of literary and visual texts from the medieval period to the present day. You can also explore the links between literature and film, examine the representation of youth subcultures in fiction and the media, or engage with exciting new genres such as the graphic novel . You’ll become an imaginative and critical thinker as you explore subjects such as globalization, post-colonialism, the importance of telling stories, and depictions of maternity, scandal and gothic horror. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore your own creativity in producing cultural artefacts, with opportunities ranging from documentary-making to podcast development, from short stories to photographic installations, and from magazine production to poetry. We provide exciting work placement opportunities through our links to the creative and media industries. The media component of the course is based in our own specially-designed media building which provides creative facilities in a supportive and stimulating 24/7 environment. You can also choose to spend a year at a partner university abroad.

What will this mean for my future?

Study English and Media at Keele and you’ll graduate with a wide range of skills including research, oral and written communication, presentation, and media-specific skills. You’ll be ready to take up a role in a wide range of media-rich careers. Some careers may require further study or training, but you might work as a teacher, journalist, editor, librarian, advertising copywriter, solicitor, arts administrator or writer, or you could go into broadcasting, film-making, TV production, graphic design, marketing, research, publishing, or teaching English as a foreign language.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Becoming a Critic
  • Mediated World
  • The Photographic Message
  • Telling Tales
  • Playing Parts
  • Digital Video

Second year

  • Romanticisms
  • Victorian Performances
  • Post-War British Fiction and Poetry
  • Creating Awareness Campaigns
  • Documentary: Theory and Practice
  • Making the News
  • Teenage Dreams: Youth Subcultures in Fiction and Film


Third year

  • Dissertation in both subjects
  • Sustained Media Practice
  • Virtual Revolution: New Technologies, Culture and Society
  • Creative Magazine Production
  • Work Experience Module
  • Visual Pleasures: From Carnival to Disney
  • Sex, Scandal and Society: Eighteenth-Century Writing
  • Contemporary British Fiction