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English and Communication Studies

Anglia Ruskin University
In Cambridge (England)

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Important information

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Cambridge (England)
  • Duration:
    3 Years

To enhance your understanding of a range of texts and other communicative practices and engage critically with some of the key issues and debates of our time.

Important information

Requirements: Required subject(s): A-level English or English Language or English - Language & Literature at grade C GCSE(s) Required: English Language Grade C preferred We welcome applications from International and EU students. There are country-specific entry requirements.


Where and when

Starts Location
01 October 2016
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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What you'll learn on the course

Communication Training
Skills and Training

Course programme

Course overview

The combination of English and Communication Studies offers a challenging and stimulating programme of study. This degree offers you the opportunity to study in a department that has a thriving and internationally recognised research culture.

Reading English allows you to study some of the most interesting and exciting books ever written. The English course strikes a balance between the study of writers such as Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, Dickens, and Woolf, and the exploration of less traditional areas like modern science fiction, children's literature and contemporary women's writing. Study visits to local and national theatres help broaden your outlook and add a further dimension to your studies.

In Communication Studies you explore the full range of communicative activities generated by individuals, organisations and technologies, and debate, for example, the impact of globalised systems of communication and the relationships between communication, identity, consensus, conflict, nation, power and popular culture.

Communication Studies offers a strong balance of theoretical and applied practical work. Access to the department's excellent facilities, including radio and TV studios, two multimedia suites and digital video and 16mm film production and editing suites allows you to develop skills to match industry requirements. The course provides opportunities to screen your work on and off-campus, to undertake commissioned work and to engage with the film industry through self-generated work placements, thereby encouraging the development of critical knowledge alongside transferable and vocational skills.

Module guide

Year one core modules

  • Introduction to English Literature 1
  • Ways of Reading
  • Introduction to Communication and Culture

Year two core modules

  • Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
  • Identity, Difference and Community

Year three core modules

  • Major Project in English or Communication Studies

Year one optional modules

  • Introduction to English Literature 2 (Recommended)
  • Introduction to Imaginative Writing
  • Introduction to Film and Cinema
  • Western Civilisation
  • Language and Criticism for Writer
  • Writing to Entertain, Perform and Persuade
  • Language and Image
  • Communication and Technology
  • Digital Imaging
  • Introduction to Radio
  • Research Methods in Media and Communication
  • Introduction to Video
  • Introduction to Print
  • Anglia Language Programme

Year two optional modules

  • Romantic Conflicts
  • The Victorian Experience: Texts and Contexts
  • Poetry from Marlowe to Milton
  • Myth and Medievalism
  • Imperial and Postcolonial Writing
  • Enlightenment in England and France
  • Performance and Identity
  • Writing Short Fiction
  • News and Feature Writing
  • Special Topic 1 (currently Writing Nations)
  • Communication and the Public Sphere
  • Creative Writing
  • Everyday Life
  • Internet Communication
  • Radio Features
  • Communication and Political Economy
  • Theorizing Popular Culture
  • Video Documentary
  • Animation
  • Radio Documentary
  • Anglia Language Programme

Year three optional modules

  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Modern Science Fiction
  • Special Topic 3
  • Women's Writing, Gender and Sexuality
  • Genocide: Perspectives on the Holocaust
  • Writing Poetry
  • Film Art
  • Modernism and the City
  • Synoptic Course Review
  • Autobiography: Self, Narrative and Truth
  • Music, Communication and Culture
  • Language, Culture and Reason
  • Globalisation and Communication
  • Technoculture
  • Creative Practice in Film and Video
  • Working in Communication
  • Communication and Artistic Practices
  • Writing Criticism/Criticism as Writing
  • Images and Rhetoric of Conflict
  • Creative Publishing
  • Creative Radio


Assessment is via a mix of examination, essays, portfolios, presentations, reviews, reports, practice projects involving communication media, and major project.

Personal Development Planning (PDP) is an integral part of assessment at Anglia Ruskin which encourages you to reflect and evaluate personal progress in the module and the degree course, and on the skills and abilities acquired in the degree course and their value outside the domain of academic studies.

Additional information

Comments: We have established links with local publishers, including Cambridge University Press and the Cambridge Film Consortium. Work placements: The module Working in Communication gives you the opportunity to work for local festivals, local and national media organisations, press and consultancies.
Career opportunities: Our graduates go on to a huge variety of careers, including teaching, journalism, television, radio, the film industry, the music industry, arts administration, gallery work, fundraising, personnel work, publishing, librarianship, marketing, local authority work, publicity, social work, tourism and IT-related industries. Some choose to stay on and complete an MA with us in English, creative writing, film studies, or publishing. The latter degree offers the opportunity of work experience with local publishers, including Cambridge University Press.