English Literature with Game Design Studies BA (Hons)

Key information


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This programme combines the BA in English Literature with a Minor pathway in Game Design Studies – a new and distinctive provision in the study of interactive audiovisual media.

Programme in detail

Through the English Literature component of your degree, you will encounter a wide range of literary forms, genres and themes, from the early medieval period to the present day, through which you will gain a detailed knowledge of literatures from a range of historical periods, while also developing skills of textual analysis and critical thinking. Year 1 is composed of a suite of compulsory modules which will equip you with the foundations skills required for the rest of your degree, while Years 2 and 3 offer a wide breadth of optional modules to allow you to tailor the direction of your studies.

The Minor pathway will introduce you to the study of video games, which includes topics such as the history and development of gaming cultures, the complex nature of interactive media, and the critical issues that accompany engagement with virtual worlds, multicursal narratives, and dynamic musical content. Digital games represent one of the fastest growing forms of entertainment media: consequently, there is a growing need for many jobs that are not only in the games industry, but in surrounding industries as well. This programme develops a wide range of skills that prepare students for employment at various entry points in the job market, including content creation, publishing, journalism, and marketing.

Study as part of joint-honours at 50:50 Choosing this subject as a combined degree

Combining English with another subject allows you to take advantage of the range of choice available on our English Literature programme, while also developing your interests in another subject.

In Year One, you will take modules aimed at developing the skills necessary for advanced study. From Year Two, you will choose from a range of Literature modules that focus on specific periods, genres or themes. You will develop specialist knowledge of English Literature, while also developing analytical skills that will inform and be enriched by your study of another subject.

In each year, you will take 60 credits of English and 60 credits from your other subject choice.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

170 Year One undergraduates in 2018

Graduate prospects

99% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)

Research performance

Ranked 10th in the UK for 4* and 3* research in the REF 2014 (THE 2014)

Facts and figures

Three BBC "New Generation thinkers" teach in the department. Staff at Liverpool are internationally renowned for their work, as evidenced by the presence of three BBC ‘New Generation’ thinkers within the department.

Why this subject?

Challenge yourself to look deeper

We will challenge you to engage fully with words and texts, informed by the best in critical thinking and debate. The flexible framework of our programmes allows you the freedom to choose areas of specialisation as you progress through your degree. Our English degree programmes are also valued by employers who recognise the skills our students develop, including teamwork, project design, critical thinking, proficiency in text analysis and communication and presentation skills.

Explore English in all its breadth

Our Literature modules cover a wide and continuous range of writing in English, from the Middle Ages to the present, and including every major genre: drama, prose fiction, poetry and nonfictional prose. Language modules cover topics ranging from the history, contexts and regional variations of English to child language acquisition and multilingualism. Our Creative Writing modules are provided by a group of award-winning writers.

Share ideas in our small group tutorials

We are committed to small group teaching.This encourages a more rewarding learning experience, where ideas are shared and explored with your peers and tutors.

Debate with leading academics in the field

Our tutors are all respected academics - including four BBC "New Generation Thinkers". Our teaching is research-led, which means not only will you be challenged intellectually but your own research skills will be fostered and encouraged.

English Attainments Scholarships

We are pleased to offer two Attainment Scholarships per year to undergraduate students from the UK or EU. The Scholarships will cover the entire Home (UK/EU) tuition fee for both Years 2 and 3 (currently £9,250 per annum). Awards will be made by the department at the end of Year 1, based on performance.