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Got a passion for literature and language? Want to help businesses improve their public reputation? With an expert course team and a strong record of student satisfaction (NSS 2014), Southampton Solent’s unique English and public relations programme will help you to improve your public relations, reputation management and communications skills while undertaking degree level study of English literature.

  • Students study literary topics including the forms and impact of English literature; cultural and personal perspectives; issues of gender; authorial context and creative writing techniques.
  • PR modules cover campaign planning, digital communications, marketing fundamentals, crisis management and corporate communication strategy.
  • The 2014 National Student Survey placed Southampton Solent in the top ten UK universities for English studies, with a 96 per cent overall satisfaction score.
  • The course is delivered by a team with extensive industry experience. Their industry links have given past students access to live briefs, industry assessment and work experience opportunities.  
  • A regularly revised curriculum ensures that students are up-to-date with the latest developments in digital PR and social media.
  • Students enjoy access to a wide range of facilities including modern IT suites, a 24-hour library and a range of industry-standard software.
  • Students are encouraged to pitch for paid work at Solent Creatives, the University’s creative design, communications and marketing agency.

The industry

As businesses strive to adapt to the 24-hour nature of PR in the 21st century, a reliable and responsive in-house PR team has become even more essential to the success of a business. This is particularly true for businesses in the public eye, businesses in controversial areas, or businesses whose products require a particularly high level of support.

Studying for a degree in English can also open up opportunities in a wide range of industries. Teaching, creative writing, publishing, marketing and journalism are just some of the outcomes available to English students.

The programme

Southampton Solent University’s English and public relations degree offers students a comprehensive study of modern public relations while encouraging them to think in new and imaginative ways about fiction, drama, poetry and language.

Taught by knowledgeable researchers and industry professionals, students examine western and non-western cultural contexts and the significance of literature in shaping identity, ideology, representations and politics. Language and critical analysis skills gained during literature modules serve students well throughout their study of public relations.

The recent 2014 National Student Survey placed Southampton Solent in the top ten UK universities for English studies, with a 96 per cent overall satisfaction score. This means that our students have a positive experience while studying with us and are happy with the opportunities made available to them.

The course team place a great emphasis on student employability, providing students with skills and experiences that are relevant to the needs of industry employers. One of the ways students can boost their employability is by pitching for work with the University’s in-house creative agency, Solent Creatives. Students are also supported by the course team as they look for other work experience opportunities. 

Next steps

Think a career in PR, communications and reputation management might be for you? With an experienced teaching team, strong links with industry and a unique emphasis on student employability, Southampton Solent University’s English and public relations programme will help to equip you with the skills required for a range of graduate roles.

Have you got a question about applying?


Don't just take our word for it...

Nicky Winn
"English and public relations is a fantastic joint honours degree, as the two subjects complement each other so well."
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Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

  Which Creative University Award 2014  
Public Relations

Year one:


Core units

  • Cultural Fragments: Introduction to Literary Theory
  • Adapting the Novel
  • Making and Reading Poetry
  • Writing with Power: Professional Practice in English
  • Introduction to Public Relations
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • PR in the Community

Year two:


Core units

  • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries: The Early Moderns
  • Playtexts in Context
  • Empire and Industry in 19th-Century Literature
  • Professional Publishing: Solent Press
  • Academic Marketing Research
  • Digital PR: The Internet and Social Media
  • Corporate Communications

Year three:


Core units

  • Shock Value: Modernism to Post-Modernism
  • Dissertation/Major Project
  • PR Strategy and Campaign Planning


  • Work Experience: English
  • Freelancing with Solent Creatives
  • Solent Press
  • Radical Re-Readings
  • Criminal Texts
  • World Theatre in English
  • Minority Experiences in American Literature
  • Storytelling
  • Travel Writing
  • Curriculum Plus

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught primarily through lectures, seminars, workshops, debates and individual study.

Work experience
Work experience is a key part of study at Southampton Solent. You’ll be encouraged and supported in finding placement opportunities. Past placements have included the BBC, the COI, Ketchum Pleon, Nelsons, Remarkable Group, Revolver Entertainment, Lee Peck Group and local government.

You’ll also have the option of undertaking a freelancing unit in the third year, working through our Solent Creatives agency to a wide range of briefs from real-world clients.

The course is assessed through essays, creative portfolios, research projects, presentations (pitches), coursework and your professional portfolio.

Our facilities

Modern IT suites for writing, design and communication, including Adobe Creative software and social media publishing platforms, as well as media analysis software.

Study abroad

The four-year European placement variant of the course provides a chance to spend a year studying abroad at one of our Erasmus partner universities, giving you a competitive edge as you enter an increasingly international employment market.

For more information, see

If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study English and public relations units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading, discussion forums and other course information. 

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

An ability to communicate clearly and concisely is more important than ever in the rapidly changing world of digital communications and social media. English graduates have a reputation for being some of the best at crafting concise, powerful messages and therefore often end up working in areas that rely on effective communication such as public relations, marketing or advocacy.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Public relations
  • Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Management and administration
  • Legal
  • Teaching and postgraduate study. 

Links with industry

You will be taught by experts who have extensive industry experience and relationships with many agencies including Five-by-Five, Lee Peck Group, Remarkable, Revolver and Ogilvy PR, as well as Skandia, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Institute of Internal Communications (IOIC). These strong professional ties provide plenty of opportunities for work experience placements and guest lectures.

Solent Creatives and Solent Press, our in-house creative agency and publishing house, provide opportunities to develop professional links of your own with employers, and to enhance your employability with experience of working on live creative briefs.

Transferable skills

Your literary skills and techniques will gain a professional edge as you deepen your understanding of technical and creative styles in media production through practical public relations units on message analysis, technical and creative skills, image manipulation and media production.

You’ll also build skills in creative and critical thinking, research, presentation and project management through group work and individual assignments.


Key facts


Location of study:

Study mode:

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £10,500 per year

UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350

International placement year fees: £1,500

Other costs

Optional study or theatre trips: £750 per year

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.



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