• English Literature

Why study at Roehampton

  • Roehampton is ranked in the top three in London and top 20 in the UK for English and Creative Writing (Guardian University Guide 2016).
  • 95% student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2015).
  • Our vibrant and diverse curriculum covers traditional subjects such as Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte and Charles Dickens, as well as engaging with more contemporary topics, such as gender, multiculturalism, protest literature, and reading in the digital age.
  • As a London-based university, we explore the ways in which literature has been shaped by the city, and arrange trips to Shakespeare’s Globe, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Museum of London, and the National Gallery.

Course summary

This engaging course is for people with a passion for literature. It will allow you to study both modern writing and classic texts. It spans topics as varied as children’s literature, crime fiction, Shakespeare, film, stand-up comedy and Victorian novels.

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 and Protest, which examines the 2011 London riots; Literature of Food, taught by The Great British Bake-Off adviser Professor Nicki Humble, and Reading the Digital, which explores how the narrative form is changing in response to new modes, media and formats.

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 Wimbledon Bookfest and with local schools, providing you with the chance to volunteer or undertake paid work 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.

Course content

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.

What our students say

Daniel Jon Drakeford

“The level of enthusiasm the staff have about their subjects is excellent. It really helps motivate you when it comes to writing assignments.

“The sheer range of modules on offer is great - there is guaranteed to be something for everybody no matter what your interest is. The modules are built out of the lecturers' own research expertise which means you’re learning from somebody at the top of their professional field. What more could you want?”

Daniel Jon Drakeford
BA English Literature

Career options

You will gain the skills you need to succeed in publishing, journalism, public relations, media, marketing, advertising, arts and events management.

UCAS code




BA Single Honours
BA/BSc Combined Honours

Single or Combined honours

Entry tariff

320 points or ABB

Specific entry requirements

General entry requirements


English and Creative Writing


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

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2016; UK/EU)

£12,500 (2016; International)

Cash scholarships and bursaries available

Key Information Set

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Creative Writing [WQ83]

Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies [WQL3]

English Language and Linguistics [Q310]

French [QR3X]

History [QV31]

Philosophy [QV35]

Spanish [QR34]

Further information

Contact our Enquiries team
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

Tuesday campus tours

1st, 8th or 15th December

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