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Undergraduate courses

English Literature

Why study at Roehampton

  • An unrivalled choice and variety of modules offers the chance to study everything from Chaucer to Zadie Smith
  • The opportunity to study Children’s Literature at every level of the degree
  • Special lectures, seminars and masterclasses delivered by renowned writers and poets including Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Iain Sinclair, Melvin Burgess, Fiona Sampson, Adam Foulds, and David Harsent
  • 97% of students agree that they are satisfied with this course (National Student Survey 2014)

Home to the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature and the only University in the UK to offer children’s literature options throughout the programme

This course is for you if you’re interested in children’s literature or crime fiction, in Shakespeare or stand-up comedy, in Victorian novels or visual texts. You’ll gain a firm understanding of literary texts, develop a specialised knowledge of particular areas, and undertake a piece of independent research.

Year-by-year summary

First year

You are introduced to a challenging range of texts from different genres and historical periods, and modules like Introduction to Literary Studies will explore some of the critical and theoretical approaches that form the basis for work in the subsequent years.

Second year

The programme is designed to allow you to pursue your particular areas of interest in greater depth. In the second year you choose between core modules which cover literature from the Renaissance to 1950, and you will choose from a range of innovative optional modules such as Origins and Development of Children’s Literature, Staging Gender, Gothic and Fantastic Literature, and About Reading.

Third year

Optional modules in the final year include Crime Fiction, Stand-up Comedy, Shakespeare as a Literary Dramatist, Charles Dickens, Subversive Children’s Literature, Literature and Addiction, and The Literature of Food; students can also opt for a dissertation module.

Typical timetable

A Single Honours student will typically have three tutor-led sessions per week, ranging in length from two to three hours – mainly in seminar groups, with some formal lectures.

Recommended reading

Key introductory texts might include:

  • John Milton, Paradise Lost
  • Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
  • Henry James, The Turn of the Screw.

Example modules

  • Literature & Cinema
  • Twentieth-Century Dystopian Fiction
  • Literature of Food

Career options

An English Literature degree equips you with a range of transferable skills that will help you succeed in publishing, journalism, public relations, media, marketing, advertising, arts and event management, the Civil Service, teaching, law, leisure and tourism, and postgraduate study.

UCAS code




BA Single Honours
BA/BSc Combined Honours

Single or Combined honours

Entry tariff

320 points

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »


English and Creative Writing »


3 years (full-time), 5–7 years (part-time)

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2015; UK/EU) »

£12,000 (2015; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

View the full details »

View Key Information Set »


Creative Writing [WQ83] »

Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies [WQL3] »

English Language and Linguistics [Q310] »

French [QR3X] »

History [QV31] »

Modern Languages [QR3X] »

Philosophy [QV35] »

Spanish [QR34] »

Related courses

Creative Writing »

MA PGDip Children's Literature »

MA/PGDip Creative Writing »

Further information

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