BA English and Film Studies

UCAS codeQ3W6
Duration3 Years
Typical offerAAB-ABB; IB: 34-32
  • English
  • Film Studies
LocationTaught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)


The Combined Honours programme in English and Film provides you with a firm foundation in the study of literature and of film. Your modules aim to develop your familiarity with a historically and nationally diverse range of films and literary texts, from Chaucer to contemporary digital media. Your studies will equip you with the critical tools and vocabulary to analyse them thoughtfully and in depth.

You’ll divide your time 50-50 between studying literature and studying film, and will benefit from a very wide range of module choices, such as Shakespeare’s Bodies, Imperial Encounters and Writing the Short Film. The degree is flexible so you can pursue your developing interests, either blending your study of film with that of literature, or choosing modules which offer contrasting approaches. The opportunity to work in interdisciplinary ways between literary and visual cultural texts is a distinctive aspect of the programme, and of the English department at Exeter.

Programme variations

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 and Film Studies 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.

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 and film theories, concepts, texts, and genres. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.

Compulsory modules

EAF1503Introduction to Film Analysis 30
EAS1035Beginnings: English Literature Before 1800 30
EAF1501Major Debates in Film Theory 30

Optional modules

Select 30 credits of English Level 1 optional modules.

EAS1031Introduction to Creative Writing 15
EAS1037The Novel 15
EAS1038The Poem 15
EAS1041Rethinking Shakespeare 15

Year 2

In the second year you will advance your grasp of English and Film knowledge, methods, and texts through a set of compulsory modules. Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics.

Compulsory modules

EAF2502Shots in the Dark 30

Optional modules

Select 30 credits of Film Studies Level 2 optional modules.

Select 60 credits of English Level 2 optional modules.

Film Studies
EAF2508Cinescapes: Time, Space and Identity30
EAF2509European Film Noir30
EAF2510Adaptation: Text, Image, Culture30
EAS2026Desire and Power: English Literature 1570-1640 30
EAS2029Revolutions and Evolutions: Nineteenth Century Writings 30
EAS2071Chaucer and His Contemporaries 30
EAS2074Introduction to American Literature 30
EAS2080Renaissance and Revolution 30
EAS2087Creative Writing: Finding a Voice 30
EAS2102Satire and the City: English Literature 1660-1750 30
EAS2103Modernism and Modernity: Literature 1900-1960 30
EAS2104Crossing the Water: Transatlantic Literary Relations 30
EAS2105Theatrical Cultures: Renaissance to Restoration 30
College-wide Humanities
HUM2000Humanities in the Workplace30

Year 3

The final stage allows you to specialise by choosing from a wide array of specialist modules on topics such as literary adaptation, American independent film, and cityscapes. You will also be able to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Compulsory modules

Choose either EAS3003 or EAS3122
EAS3122Creative Writing Dissertation30

Optional modules

If you have chosen to take EAS3003, select 30 credits of English Level 3 optional modules and 60 credits of Film Studies options, or 30 credits of Film Studies and 60 credits of English.

If you have chosen to take EAS3122, select 30 credits of English Level 3 optional modules and 60 credits of Film Studies options.

Film Studies
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 and Film Studies website.

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32

Required subjects

GCE AL English Literature grade A; IB English HL6.

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

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, screenings, 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 hours. Many modules are supported by weekly 50-minute lectures. Students often prepare for seminars by involvement in student study groups, which encourage collaboration and team working.

Typical contact time with academic staff is 10 hours per week, on top of which you’re expected to attend other activities such as study groups, workshop activities and film screenings. Students studying Film and a Modern Language may have a few extra hours as language study is necessarily intensive. Most of your work will be done in group and self-directed study: viewing and reading 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.

We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including increasing use of interactive computer-based approaches to learning 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.

We are committed to your academic development. Through seminar work you’ll be trained in skills of critical analysis and learn to develop evidenced-based arguments. We foster your research skills through training in the use of library-based or electronic resources to research a topic. We offer detailed feedback and essays can be discussed on a one-to-one basis with the tutor who has marked them. Study Skills tutors are also available within the department to work on specific problems in written work and assessment.

Research-inspired teaching

Teaching that is inspired by research ensures that lectures are up-to-date and relevant and you will benefit from access to the latest thinking, equipment and resources. All staff teach second and third year options which are linked to their own interests which include areas such as film history; gender studies; issues of identity; technology and spectacle; European, East Asian and American cinema; time, space and pacing in the cinema; and acting and performance.


Exeter has unique resources which make it ideally positioned to support the study of film. The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum holds a wide-ranging collection of more than 70,000 film related artefacts and the collection is available for all students to use as a research and study resource. The diverse collection includes objects relating to the history of the moving image, such as optical toys, magic lantern slides and a Lumière cinematograph; film publicity such as posters from the Hollywood era to contemporary film; material on film stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn; and material on animation, particularly on Disney films. The holdings also include the papers of British producer Gavrik Losey, the director and producer Don Boyd and the producer James Mackay which include papers that relate to the work of Derek Jarman. Many of our film modules exploit these resources, giving students a highly distinctive and valuable experience of studying and researching film using primary materials, documents and artefacts.

Our Audio-Visual collection in the University library comprises over 12,000 films on DVD and video, in addition to books about and recordings of American music of all kinds. Recent investment in our learning spaces has ensured that lectures, screening and seminars take advantage of multimedia equipment.


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. For your Film Studies modules, you’ll be assessed by a combination of exams, essays, presentations and ‘sequence analysis’ (the close reading of film clips).

You will have to pass the assessments in your first year in order to proceed to the second year but they do not count toward your final degree classification. The assessments in the second year and the final year will contribute to your degree classification. 


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.

Find out more about careers in English and Film

Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

Phone: +44 (0)1392 724202

Penryn Campus, Cornwall

Phone: +44 (0)1326 371801

Website: Visit the English website