You will be taught by world-class researchers. Our department was recently ranked 15th in the country on the strength of our research output. Additional lectures and masterclasses have also been given by renowned authors including Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Kazuo Ishiguro.
We run some of the UK's most innovative modules. Recent examples have included Literature of Food, taught by The Great British Bake-Off adviser Professor Nicki Humble; Literature and Protest, which examines the 2011 London riots and Reading the Digital, which explores how the narrative form is changing in response to new formats and media.
The programme will provide you with a range of skills you will need in the workplace, including clarity of expression in written work and oral presentation, research skills, and the ability to analyse arguments and ideas. In the classroom, you will be supported to realise your potential through individual tutorials, small group work, and lectures.
We have a thriving partnership with leading literature festivals Wimbledon Bookfest and Barnes Children's Literature Festival and with local schools, providing you with the chance to volunteer or undertake paid work placements during your time at Roehampton. We also have our own press, Fincham Press, meaning you might see your work published.
You can also expect to make full use of London's extraordinary range of libraries, museums, galleries and theatre spaces. Built into our modules are guided trips to the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Maritime Museum and Shakespeare's Globe, to name but a few.
According to the latest official survey, 94% of English Literature graduates are working or in further study six months after finishing their course – which means you'll leave us not only with a deeper appreciation of literature but well-equipped to succeed in your chosen career.
In your first year, you will immerse yourself in a wider range of literature, building your knowledge of modern and classic books. You will learn how to present your work effectively and confidently, and gain experience of evaluating and using critical material. Our current students study texts including John Milton’s Paradise Lost and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, and explore London in literature.
In your second year, you’ll get to focus on particular historical periods. This could include Victorian Literature which gave us Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes; American Literature Before 1900, which includes classic books such as Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; or Literature 1900-1950, covering the poetry of the Great War and the politics of gender. You will also be able to choose from a wide range of other modules on topics such as utopian/dystopian fiction and children’s literature.
In your final year, you’ll get to shape your course in areas that interest you by choosing from our rich and varied modules. These could include Literature and Cinema which looks at how the works of Shakespeare and Beckett have been adapted for film; Writing Multi-Cultural Britain, where you can study authors such as Zadie Smith; or Subversive Children’s Literature which includes the work of Melvin Burgess and Mark Haddon.