BA English with Study in North America

UCAS codeQ310
Duration3 Years
Typical offerA*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34
LocationTaught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)


This programme offers the opportunity to study the wide and exciting range of modules in literature, film and creative writing that is available in the Single Honours English programme, but with a particular emphasis on American literature and culture. In addition, you will combine this study with a second year spent at a North American university.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The English degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.

The second year is spent studying at a partner institution in North America.

Please note that modules offered are subject to change, depending on staff availability, timetabling, and demand.

Year 1

The first year gives you a foundational knowledge of English theory, concepts, and texts. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.

Compulsory modules

EAS1032Approaches to Criticism 30
EAS1035Beginnings: English Literature Before 1800 30
EAS1038The Poem 15
EAS1040Academic English 15

Optional modules

Select 30 credits of English Level 1 optional modules.

EAS1031Introduction to Creative Writing 15
EAS1034Film Studies: An Introduction 15
EAS1037The Novel 15
EAS1041Rethinking Shakespeare 15

Year 2

This year is spent in a North American Institution. Students will take the number of modules usually required of students in an academic year at the host university. One of these modules must cover a substantial amount of pre-1800 material, two must be in North American literature and/or culture, and at least 75% of a student’s studies must be in English or American literature and culture. The marks for the year's work will count as 120 credits towards the degree result. For each of the two semesters spent abroad, the average of the semester's marks will be treated as a single 60-credit module mark.

Compulsory modules

EAS2110North American Study Term 160
EAS2111North American Study Term 260

Year 3

Compulsory modules

The centre-point of the final year is the dissertation. This provides you with the opportunity to explore an area of interest and to demonstrate what you have learned over the previous years of your degree. You will also take up to three other specialist modules to create a programme of work fully reflecting your interests.

Choose either EAS3003 or EAS3122
EAS3122Creative Writing Dissertation30
Choose either EAS3143 or EAS3145 or EAS3179
EAS3145Acts of Writing: Literature and Film, 1953-present30
EAS3179Life and Death in Early Modern Literature30

Optional modules

Select 60 credits of English Level 3 optional modules.

EAF3501American Independent Film30
EAF3508Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Western Cinema30
EAF3509Diasporic Cinemas30
EAF3513British Screens30
EAS3100Hardy and Women Who Did: the Coming of Modernity30
EAS3116Short Fiction30
EAS3128Writing the Short Film30
EAS3131Advanced Critical Theory30
EAS3134Serious Play: Creative Writing Workshop30
EAS3136Myths of the Nation: Postcolonial Studies30
EAS3139Classics of Children's Literature30
EAS3141Imperial Encounters: the Victorians and their World30
EAS3145Acts of Writing: Literature and Film, 1953 to present30
EAS3165Charles Dickens and the Condition of England30
EAS3167James Joyce's Ulysses30
EAS3168The American Novel Since 200030
EAS3176Performing Digital Humanities: New Media Art and the 21st Century Museum30
EAS3177India Uncovered - Representations in Film and Fiction30
EAS3178Life-Writing: History, Form, Practice30
EAS3179Life and Death in Early Modern Literature30
EAS3217Crime and Punishment: Detective Fiction from the Rue Morgue to the Millenium30
EAS3219Virginia Woolf: Fiction, Feeling, Form30
EAS3225‘Reader, I Married Him’: The Evolution of Romance Fiction, from 1740 to the present30
EAS3226Modern Irish Literature30
EAS3227Greek Fire30
EAS3228Romance from Chaucer to Shakespeare30
EAS3229Gothic Evolutions: Literature and Visual Culture30
EAS3230Prostitutes, Pornographers, and Inverts: Sex in the Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century30
EAS3231Spectacular Bodies: Shakespeare and Counter-cultural Performance30
EAS3232Jane Austen and the Novel30

Full module descriptions

For full module descriptions please visit the English website.

Entry requirements 2016

Typical offer

A*AA-AAB; IB: 38-34

Required subjects

GCE AL English Literature grade A; IB English HL6; GCSE English Literature or English Language grade A.

Candidates may offer either GCE AL English Literature or English Language and Literature.

Our English selectors for this popular programme are also looking for students with a genuine interest in and real enthusiasm for North American Studies.

Additional selection criteria

We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.

We receive a large number of applications from well-qualified applicants and may not be able to make offers to all those applicants who have achieved or are predicted to achieve grades in line with the typical offer shown above.

In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.

*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of learning and teaching methods including lectures, seminars, student study groups and web and IT resources. All our modules centre the learning experience on seminars, involving groups of between 10 and 20 students, typically running for two to three hours. Many modules are supported by weekly 50-minute lectures. Students often prepare for seminars by involvement in student study groups, which are a distinctive and successful feature of our programmes.

We are committed to providing you with an average of ten hours of contact with academic staff per week in your first year. On top of this formal contact-time, you’re expected to attend other activities such as study groups, workshop activities and film screenings. Most of your work will be done in group and self-directed study: reading or viewing module material, writing essays or preparing material for seminar presentations. You should expect your total workload to average about 40 hours per week during term time.

As well as attending lectures and writing essays and assignments, you’ll be expected to make presentations in seminars or tutorials. We encourage your presentation work, because it involves you actively in the teaching and learning process and develops important life skills such as good verbal and visual communication and effective interaction with other people.

We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including increasing use of interactive, computer-based approaches through our virtual learning environment, where the details of all modules are stored in an easily navigable website. Students can access detailed information about modules and learning outcomes and interact through activities such as the discussion forums. You’ll also have access to online subscription databases and websites, such as Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), MLA Firstsearch and JSTOR.

A special feature of our programmes is the way we use film, video, audio and other media to aid study of printed texts and other forms of cultural production. The Streatham Campus is home to The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. It contains an enormous collection relating to the history of film and visual media and an online virtual exhibition. Added to this are the Audio-Visual Collections at both campuses. We also have the Chris Brooks collection which contains over 10,000 works of primary and secondary source Victorian material.

You’ll develop a range of professional skills, including time management and team working, plus valuable critical, analytical and communication skills. Technical skills will include accurate note taking from presentations, research and IT skills. You’ll also learn subject-specific skills, such as constructive self-criticism.

As well as choosing modules in your home discipline, you can also take up to 30 credits each year from modules offered by other departments, subject to timetabling and other considerations.

We also provide a broad range of special lectures and seminars on both campuses by visiting academics and renowned writers, actors and film directors. The Literature Society in Exeter and the English Society in Cornwall organise poetry readings, talks and theatre trips, as well as less intellectually strenuous social events. English students are always active on the University student newspapers, radio and TV station and in the University’s several drama groups.

Research-led teaching

We believe every student benefits from being part of a culture that is inspired by research and being taught by experts – you will discuss the very latest ideas in seminars and tutorials. Our staff are highly respected in their fields and their work is of the highest quality, as evidenced by the most recent assessment of research (RAE 2008) in which English ranked 1st in the UK for world-leading research*. As established scholars and trained teachers, our academic staff deliver quality teaching that is consistently informed by their research activities. This is particularly important in the final year of your studies, where modules will give you the most up-to-date research ideas and debates in the discipline.

*RAE 2008 based on percentage of research categorised as 4* (world leading)


Assessment in English is through a mixture of methods that includes essays and a dissertation as well as exams and presentation work. The ratio of formal exam to continuous assessment is on average 40:60. On the ‘English with Study in North America’ degree programme you will be assessed by your host university during your academic year abroad. This will contribute towards your degree classification.

You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. For three year programmes, the assessments in the second and third years contribute to your final degree classification.

Study in North America

This is a three year programme and the second year is spent studying with one of our renowned partner universities in the USA or Canada.

Current Study Abroad universities:

Canadian universities:

  • Carleton (Ottawa, Canada)
  • Toronto (Ontario, Canada)
  • Victoria (British Columbia, Canada)

USA universities

  • Iowa State (Ames, Iowa)
  • Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas)
  • Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, New York State)
  • William and Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia)

Participating students

In November of their first year, participating students will be invited to attend a series of meetings at which they will meet the International Officer, and also final year students who have just returned from their year abroad. They will then be asked to give three choices in order of preference and places will be allocated based upon grades, personal statement and references.

Marks obtained at the host university will be converted to Exeter marks. The conversion criteria will be found on the Year Abroad Intranet.


English graduates from the University of Exeter benefit from a degree which is internationally recognised and compete very successfully in the employment market. 6 months after graduation 97.2%* of our English graduates are in work and / or further study.

Graduating with a degree in English will put you in a great position to succeed in a range of different careers. Oral and written communication is at the heart of our programme and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Through a balance of independent study and teamwork you will learn to manage your time and workload effectively.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, arts management, publishing, journalism, marketing, finance and events management, working for companies such as:

  • Barclays
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • English Heritage
  • O2
  • Haymarket Media
  • ITV
  • Amnesty International

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Cultural Heritage Management
  • MA English Literary Studies
  • PGCE English primary
  • MA Magazine Journalism
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills

Career Zone

The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you. 

*First–degree University of Exeter graduates of English. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

Phone: +44 (0)1392 724202

Penryn Campus, Cornwall

Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801

Website: Visit the English website