The course team is very engaged and committed to their students. Teaching quality is extremely high and there is a high proportion of seminar time, which is vital to being able to express and discuss ideas.



If you have a passion for reading books, and thinking about the ideas and debates they reflect and inspire, then you’ll enjoy studying English Literature with us.

You’ll explore the way that literature helps us to imagine what it is like to walk in other people’s shoes, and how it can take us on journeys of self-discovery.

You’ll engage in topical discussions about how books empower people to tell their own stories, and how they help us redefine notions of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class and other markers of identity. Booklovers will feel right at home here.

Why Study English Literature?

If you like to read, are curious about the questions that reading raises, and value the opportunity to share your discoveries with others, you'll find that our course can bring benefits and rewards extending far beyond graduation.

You'll have the opportunity to study modules that span right across literature in English, from the Middle Ages to the present day, and you'll find yourself responding to a range of absorbing and thought-provoking literary texts.


Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

More information about entry requirements.

UCAS Points

All about the course

During Year 1, you'll gain a firm grounding in literary history and key theoretical approaches. You'll be exploring the practice of critical reading and writing, development of literary writing and will investigate how stories are adapted for different audiences and media. You'll also look into the relationship between literature and wellbeing as well as ways of engaging literature in the digital age.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. 

In Year One combined honours students will take three core modules. These modules differ depending on the combining subject. They have been set to meet the learning needs of the combined honours subject and align with the specific combination. You can see the list of core modules for each combination here.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will typically be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and one-to-one tutorials.

Lectures will introduce you to periods, themes, and important ideas, often in larger groups whereas seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and independent study. During workshops, you'll focus on the practicalities of textual analysis and writing.

You'll be fully supported throughout the course whilst also being encouraged to become an independent learner and thinker. In individual tutorials you'll be able to talk through your ideas, discuss plans for your assignments and receive feedback on your work.

You will typically have 9 contact hours per week, though this will depend on the modules you select.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

Throughout the course, you'll develop skills in independent reading, research, analysis, and writing and when you are not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or tutorials, you'll continue to learn through independent study. Typically, this will involve reading primary texts, and critical and contextual books and journal articles. You'll undertake research in the library and online, preparing for seminars and other study opportunities, and for assignments and examinations.

Your module tutors will give you reading and other tasks to complete in preparation for time spent in class.

If you are taking the Individual Study module in your third year, (this is compulsory for single honours students) you will undertake independent research. This will be supervised by a member of the teaching team, who will meet with you regularly to help develop and guide your project.

Each week during semester time your overall workload will typically consist of 9 contact hours, 3 hours of directed study and 18 hours of independent learning/assessment activity.

The teaching team consists of highly qualified, academics who hold doctorates and have research expertise in various fields. Many staff have published their works widely and the majority hold teaching qualifications.

All our staff are research-active scholars with extensive experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You can find out more about the current teaching team on our Meet the Team webpage.

You should note that members of the teaching team might change and also that postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, our permanent programme team teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

We aim to nurture your passion for literature, enrich and extend your reading skills, and support your individual academic journey every step of the way.

Susan CivaleEnglish Literature Programme Director

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment is by a combination of coursework assignments and end of-module exams. The former range from short critical skills assignments to longer academic essays and, in the final year, an opportunity for individual study based on your research interests. Some module options are coursework only (i.e. no exam), some involve a ‘takeaway’ exam, and others involve assessment via work on online discussion boards. This wide variety of assessment methods is designed to help you extend your knowledge, deepen your understanding, and develop your skills in research, analysis, debate and writing.

The balance of assessment by coursework and examination will always depend on the balance of optional modules you choose. For example, the approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework in a typical year is as follows:

90% Written assignments
10% Unseen exams

Your future career

The analytical and communication abilities that an English Literature degree provides are called ‘transferable skills’ and are desirable in almost any occupation. When you are looking for a job, they are often the most valuable skills to have. Because of this flexibility, an English Literature degree lets you choose from many different employment sectors and occupations. Teaching and social work are common career destinations. A large number of graduates choose to work in a creative field, like journalism, advertising, public relations, or marketing. There are also lots of opportunities for further academic study, and many of our students go on to pursue postgraduate work in English Literature and other related fields.

Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18

of our English Literature students were in jobs or further study 15 months after finishing their course.

Combination courses

Combined UCAS Codes

Course UCAS Code Placement Year
American Studies TQ73 -
Applied Criminology MQ93 -
Archaeology VQ43 -
Business Management QN31 -
Creative & Professional Writing WQ84 -
Digital Media GQ4H -
Drama WQ44 -
Early Childhood Studies XQ33 -
Education Studies XQ3H -
English Language Q390 -
Film, Radio and Television QW36 -
History VQ13 -
International Relations LQF3 -
Marketing NQ53 Q3N6
Media and Communications PQ33 -
Politics LQ23 -
Psychology CQ83 -
Religion, Philosophy and Ethics QV36 -
Sociology LQ33 -
Sport and Exercise Science CQ63 -
Theology VQ63 -
Tourism Studies QN38 -

Combined Honours explained.



The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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