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Film and Literature (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study Film and Literature at Warwick?

  • We are one of the oldest Film Studies Departments in the UK with a long established global reputation in the field. The Department has been ranked first in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for the last three consecutive years. The department achieved an outstanding score of 98% for Teaching Quality in the National Student Survey 2015.
  • You will learn from internationally renowned scholars committed to teaching undergraduate students in a dynamic and innovative learning environment. You will study in a purpose-built £3.5m facility where you will have access to four screening theatres served by 35mm and digital high-definition projection. Your studies will be supported by the finest collection of Film Studies resources in any UK university library, which includes an unmatched collection of over 20,000 films.
  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), we were ranked the leading stand-alone Film and Television Studies department in the country with 89.5% of our submitted research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
  • At the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies you will be learning from experts at the forefront of their fields. A unique focus on Shakespeare draws on our proximity to the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. Other research strengths include renaissance literature, eighteenth century studies, American literature, women’s writing, world and comparative literature, post-colonial literature, creative writing, poetry and poetics, drama and performance, literary and cultural theory.

Dr Prescott

English and Comparative Literature

Dr Helen Wheatley

Film and Television Studies

Joshua Glenn


Why study at Warwick?

A view from our academics

What will I learn?

This equally weighted joint honours degree brings together a traditional discipline (literature) with a newer, pervasive and culturally essential one (film and screen studies). It will develop your understanding of film and several European literatures, their history, aesthetics, and social and cultural significance. You will examine issues common to both while valuing each medium in its own right.

You will be taught in small classes by world-leading academics who are passionate about their subject. Literature modules are specifically designed for the course by three other top-ranked departments (English, German and French). Unlike our Film Studies degree, there is no practice-led teaching element to this course, but we have a vibrant extracurricular culture with students making and showing films to audiences both within and outside the University. Students and staff also engage with film and television through writing, blogging and screening films in cinema clubs. You’ll emerge from your course with the highly valued ability to research, structure, argue and write to a very high standard on a breadth of current media and literature-related issues.

Your first two years, in which you take two modules in both film and literature, provide a firm grounding in both disciplines. In your first year, you will take modules in Film History, Film Criticism and Literature (Modes of Reading, and Aspects of Modern French and German Literature in Translation). In your second year, you’ll study Hollywood Cinema and either National Cinemas or Silent Cinema. You will also choose from a wide selection of module options from English and Comparative Literary Studies. Third-year modules include Film Aesthetics plus specialist film or literature modules. Subject to eligibility, you mayhave the opportunity to write a dissertation on a film topic of your choice with individual tutorials from an expert in the field. You can also select from module options featuring our academics’ latest cutting-edge research. You may weight the balance of your studies in your third year to develop your particular interests in either film or literature, or film and literature.

How will I learn?

You will typically attend an initial screening of the chosen film or television programme. This is followed by a lecture and a further screening, in which you review the film or television programme in the light of the lecture and set reading. Finally, you attend seminars of 8–12 students, in which you discuss the week’s topic with a tutor.

Each Film Studies module has 4–6 hours of contact time per week. Film Studies students take four modules per
term and Film and Literature students take two film modules per term and two literature modules. Typical independent study time is 2–3 hours per week for each module, although this increases when writing essays and preparing for examinations.

NB: There is no practical film-making component in any of our courses.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of assessed essays and examinations. Students achieving high 2.1 grades in their first two years have the opportunity to complete a dissertation in their third year, enabling them to research an area of specialist interest.

Entry Requirements

A level AAB, to include either English Literature or English Language-Literature (combined).

International Baccalaureate 36 points including 5 in Higher Level English Literature.

Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Substantial study of Literature is essential.

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Essential Subjects

Advanced or Higher level qualifications (normally grade B) in English Literature.

Further Information

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

Departmental Open Days Applicants who receive an offer will be invited to a Departmental Open Day, which are usually held in the Spring. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.


What modules can I study?

First year modules may include Basic Criticism; Basic History; Aspects of French and German Literature and Modes of Reading.

Year two modules may include Hollywood Cinema; National Cinema and Silent Cinema. BA Film and Literature students may take further options from outside the department.

Final year modules may include Film Aesthetics and you may take three further options (one of these must be a literature option, the other two may include options from within Film and Television Studies, English, or elsewhere). You can also do a dissertation as one of these options.

Find out more about the degree structure and module information.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

What careers can a Warwick degree in Film and Literature lead to?

Employability skills are interwoven throughout your studies. The Department runs a dedicated careers and study skills programme across the three years of the degree that are designed to develop your work awareness and introduce you to a range of external industry professionals and organisations. Our students have access to a dedicated career advisor and, in conjunction with this service, many develop a wide range of exciting internships and work experiences. Please see Internships to read accounts of a selection of internships our students have been involved in.

Previous graduates have gone on to work in film and television production, journalism, publishing, advertising, PR, arts administration and to careers in teaching and academia. Our graduates work for organisations including: Condé Nast, BAFTA, BBC, Sky 1, Battersea Arts Centre, Birmingham Flatpack Film Festival and Picturehouse Entertainment. Please see Careers for further information about what some of our Film and Television graduates are doing – and how they think their degree helped them.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAB to include either English Literature or English Language-Literature (combined).
IB: 36 points including 5 in Higher Level English Literature.


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
Department of Film and Television Studies

Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies

Download our Film & Television Studies brochure

Student blogs

Huwen Edwards - Film Studies

Sophie Miller - English Literature and Creative Writing

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.