Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: Q300

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

In the transitional Year 1 we help prepare you for advanced literary studies by offering modules that will allow you to develop a broad range of reading, writing and analytical skills necessary to achieve a good degree in English. You will take the following core modules.

Core modules

  • Literature Lab

  • Reading Fiction

  • Travels in Text and Time

  • Literature in a Digital Age

You'll also choose one from:

  • Classics of British Children’s Literature

  • Transformative Texts in American Literature

And choose one from:

  • Approaches to Poetry

  • Drama and Performance

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

In Year 2 you will be encouraged to expand and deepen your knowledge of literature chronologically and thematically. You choose SIX modules, including at least one from each of four specified strands.

Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • The Age of Chivalry and Romance

  • Love and Desire in Renaissance Literature 1530-1633

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

  • Sentiment and Scandal: Literature of the Long 18th Century

  • Visionaries and Rebels: Romantic Poets from Blake to Tennyson

  • Brief Encounters with the Victorians

Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature and Culture

  • British and American Modernism

  • Voyage Out: Travel, Empire and Cultural Encounters

  • Reinventing Literature, 1950 to Now

Themes in Literature

  • The Child in British and American Literature and Culture

  • Written on the Body: Rethinking Gender and Sexuality

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Our Year 3 modules are designed to allow you to explore particular topics and genres in greater depth. These modules often develop from the research interests of individual members of staff. You will write a Dissertation, on a topic of your choosing, with the support and guidance of an appropriate supervisor.

You also choose FOUR option modules, including at least one from List A and one from List B.


  • The Courtly

  • Playing God

  • Unruly Subjects and Renaissance Texts

  • Authorship and Identity in Renaissance Literature

  • Shakespearean Transformations

  • Writing the Revolution: Sex, Religion and Politics in the Literature of 17th-century England


  • Gothic

  • Contemporary Fiction

  • Literary Heritage: The 19th Century Today

  • Crime Fiction

  • Speaking Pictures: Literature and the Visual Arts

  • Post 9/11 Literature of the US

  • Secrets and Lies: Victoria Decadence and Degeneration

  • Childhood Trauma in Contemporary Literature

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More about this course

Literature affects how we think about and communicate with the world around us, and informs our understanding of ourselves and other cultures, past and present. Our BA English programme will allow you to experience this literature more deeply, and also to develop important transferable skills essential in the competitive world of employment. Our vibrant portfolio of modules offers considerable flexibility and choice: a range of period-based and thematic strands means that you can pursue a coherent programme of study which is tailored to your own interests, via a guided choice of option modules in the second and third years.

Internationally excellent research informs all of our teaching. Our staff have expertise in a broad spectrum of literatures, from canonical to cutting-edge, from medieval to literature in a digital age, and the programme is designed to provide chronological coverage and freedom of choice, on thematic strands such as ‘The Child in Literature and Culture’, ‘Gothic and the Monstrous’, and ‘Rebellious Subjects’. If you don’t have the qualifications to enter the programme directly, we offer a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level study.

Teaching and Learning

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Study English in the city described as the most poetic in England, where Philip Larkin wrote most of his best work.

Become part of the thriving literary and creative scene at the University and beyond.

Superb facilities include the Brynmor Jones Library which is open 24/7 and boasts cutting edge technology and more than a million books.

Gain a first-class grounding in literature, from the medieval era to the 21st century, under the guidance of world-leading experts.

Entry requirements

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

Future Prospects

The career opportunities opened up by our degrees are as diverse and exciting as the topics of study. The skills that these develop give you the ability to analyse, research and communicate at a very high level. According to Unistats figures, 96% of our English graduates go on to work or further study within six months of graduating.

By studying with us you can be confident that you will have the opportunity to develop a wide array of skills which are highly valued in many professions. Our English graduates are equipped with prized analytical and communication skills that enable them to flourish in the variety of employment opportunities open to them, including careers in: teaching, media, journalism, marketing, advertising, heritage and tourism, librarianship, publishing (author, publisher, literary agent), museum curating, broadcasting, the financial sector, universities (lecturing or administration), professional writing, the public sector (including the NHS and city councils), business, management and the law.

Others choose to continue their studies as postgraduates – so you may be interested in what we offer at MA, MPhil and PhD levels.