History of English (Q1077B)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module provides the basis for understanding the shape and status of the English language.

You’ll study how the English language has changed, particularly since the Early Modern English period. This includes examining the social and cultural contexts that drove those changes. We give special attention to:

  • the emergence of key dialects
  • the relations between English and other languages in the British Isles.

You’ll also gain experience of a range of different varieties of English, including new Englishes.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Problem set)
70%: Examination (Take away paper)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: