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Overview The politics of literature and the literature of politics

UCAS code


Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)


3 years full-time

Confirmation, Adjustment and Clearing 2016

An English and Politics degree will enhance your understanding of the world around you in a thought-provoking, innovative way. Studying English asks you to embrace new ways of thinking about the world and new possibilities of expression. Studying Politics invites you to engage with a vast spectrum of political issues and problems. Studying the two subjects together asks how literature and politics work to shape the world.

I chose to study in English and Politics because I'm really interested in the political context of novels and in the modes of language used in politics. Studying English and Politics here lets you combine so many interesting modules! Studying two disciplines has widened my perspectives and gives me even more freedom over what I study.

Course content What you’ll study


You'll cover an extraordinary range of literature and politics in this degree, from the medieval period to the 21st century and from around the world.

You'll split your time between equally between English and Politics in your first year, but you can choose to weight your modules more towards one subject or the other in your second and third years.

Year 1

We'll introduce you to several modules focusing on different sources and critical approaches.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

Year 2

You'll choose and combine several modules from:

Year 3

You'll be able to weight your studies toward one subject or the other this year. You may continue taking English Period and Special modules, as well as Politics modules.

You'll also tie the two subjects together with the bridge module, Politics and the Novel. This will help you to write your dissertation, which will bring your knowledge of the two subjects together.

You may also continue a foreign literature module this year.

Study abroad

If you're also interested in studying abroad, there are a number of options both in the English-speaking world and in Europe.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

The Department of English is ranked second overall in the UK for the quality of research and the Department of Politics is ranked eighth overall in the UK for research performance (REF 2014).

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

Teaching format

We emphasize small-group teaching, which means you'll mainly be taught in seminars of 12-15 people. You'll also take part in workshops, attend lectures, and consult staff on a one-to-one basis. You can expect around eight hours of contact time a week – and sometimes more.

  • Our cutting-edge research informs all our teaching activities
  • Our staff are world experts, but are friendly and accessible -- they all have two open office hours a week
  • We organize many guest lectures and readings from well-known literary figures.


Your main mode of assessment will be written essays. These will range from short exercises to more detailed discussions on a topic of your choice.

  • Some modules include group presentations, and you'll have a few closed exams.
  • You'll write a dissertation of about 7,000-8,000 words your final year, which will bridge English and Politics.

Careers Where you’ll go from here

Studying these two subjects together will broaden your range of skills and your job prospects. Many will go on to related fields, but the skills you'll gain here are highly valued by a range of employers.

Career opportunities

  • Law
  • Public administration
  • Financial management
  • Local and national government
  • Journalism
  • Teaching

Transferable skills

  • Communications skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Reading and writing
  • Independent study and research
  • Logic and rhetoric

Entry requirements How to get here

Course entry

All applications must be made through UCAS.

Normally, we'll only interview mature candidates and those with special circumstances and/or qualifications. Interviews will usually be a half-hour conversation about your literary interests. We’ll also ask you to bring along some of your recent essays.

A-levels and GCSEs

  • AAB, including A in English.
  • We'll ask for a grade in English Literature, or English Language and Literature.
  • We won't accept General Studies or Critical Thinking.

Other UK qualifications

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

  • AAAAB at Higher level.
  • AA at Advanced Higher level, including an A in English.

D3, D3, M2, including D3 in English.

Access to HE

  • 30 credits from units awarded Distinction.
  • 9 credits from units awarded Merit or higher.

International options

International Baccalaureate
35 points, with 6 in Higher level English.

Irish Leaving Certificate
AAAABB, including A1 in English.

European Baccalaureate
80 overall, with 85 in English.

English language

Our English language requirements for international applicants can be found on our Entry Requirements page.

Unistats for this course

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