Our English Literature programme gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of literary forms, genres and themes from the early medieval period to the present day.
Choosing this subject as a Single Honours
You will gain insights into the ways in which literatures in English have developed through history, while also having the opportunity for in-depth study of genres such as children’s literature, noir and gothic fiction.
In each year of a Major (75%) English programme, you will choose 90 credits from our range of English modules.
Programme in detail
Year One will introduce you to historical developments of literatures in English and explore key theoretical approaches to literary language, meaning and interpretation. From Year Two, you will be able to choose from a range of modules focusing on specific periods (eg Medieval, Victorian, and Modernist), genres or themes. An optional dissertation in Year Three allows you to develop a project on a topic of your choice.
Choosing this subject as a Major
Year One will introduce you to historical developments of literatures in English and explore key theoretical approaches to literary language, meaning and interpretation.
From Year Two, you will be able to choose from a range of modules focusing on specific periods (eg Medieval, Victorian, and Modernist), genres or themes. An optional dissertation in Year Three allows you to develop a project on a topic of your choice.
Choosing this subject as a Joint
Combining English with another subject allows you to take advantage of the range of choice available on our English programmes while also developing your interests in another subject.
In Year One, you will take modules aimed at developing the skills necessary for advanced study. From Year Two, you will choose from a range of Literature modules that focus on specific periods, genres or themes, and Language modules that develop your understanding of the ways in which language works in the world.
In each year, you will take 60 credits of English and 60 credits from your other subject choice.
Choosing this subject as a Minor
English is a flexible subject open to many influences from its wider culture (eg politics, philosophy, history) and from other art forms (such as film, music, or digital media). As such, a 25% English programme will complement any other choices that you make. We cover a wide range of literary writings in English, from the early medieval period to the present day, and a variety of approaches to understanding the way in which the English language, written and spoken, works.
In each year, you will take 30 credits of English from our range of 15-credit and 30-credit modules.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
208 Year One undergraduates in 2017
Ranked 10th in the UK for 4* and 3* research in the REF 2014 (THE 2014)
Facts and figures
Four BBC "New Generation thinkers" teach in the department.
Why this subject?
Challenge yourself to look deeper
We will challenge you to engage fully with words and texts, informed by the best in critical thinking and debate. The flexible framework of our programmes allows you the freedom to choose areas of specialisation as you progress through your degree. Our English degree programme is also valued by employers who recognise the skills our students develop, including teamwork, project design, critical thinking, proficiency in text analysis and communication and presentation skills.
Explore English in all its breadth
Our Literature modules cover a wide and continuous range of writing in English, from the Middle Ages to the present, and including every major genre: drama; prose fiction; poetry; and nonfictional prose. Our Language modules offer a variety of approaches and subjects. Our Creative Writing modules are provided by a group of award-winning poets and novelists.
Share ideas in our small group tutorials
We are committed to small group teaching.This encourages a more rewarding learning experience, where ideas are shared and explored with your peers and tutors.
Debate with leading academics in the field
Our tutors are all respected academics - including four BBC "New Generation Thinkers". Our teaching is research-led, which means not only will you be challenged intellectually but your own research skills will be fostered and encouraged.