Postgraduate courses
Postgraduate courses

English Literature

  • English Lit

Why study at Roehampton

  • This course offers the chance to study modern writing and classic texts, from Shakespeare to Neil Gaiman to William Blake.
  • You'll be able to pick one of our cutting-edge modules. Recent examples have included The Literature of Food and Reading the Digital, focussed on digital writing, including computer game narratives. 
  • Lectures and masterclasses by renowned writers including Professor Dame Jacqueline Wilson, and workshops with major London theatre companies.
  • Opportunities to gain work experience in local literary festivals, book clubs in schools and with our own Fincham Press.
  • Roehampton is ranked in the top 20 in the country for English & Creative Writing (Guardian University Guide 2016).
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015).

We’re home to internationally-recognised writers and poets including Professor Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Adam Foulds, Iain Sinclair, Melvin Burgess, Fiona Sampson, James Smythe and David Harsent.

This course is for you if you’re interested in children’s literature, crime fiction, Shakespeare, literature and film, stand-up comedy or Victorian novels.
You will gain a solid understanding of English literature, with specialised knowledge in areas of interest. The course includes cultural trips to bring literary texts to life such as retracing Mrs Dalloway’s London and visiting Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

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You’ll be taught by academics who are passionate about what they teach and invested in your success.

You’ll study modules that are a stimulating mix of tradition and innovation, giving you the opportunity to study everything from the Laughing Victorians to Crime Fiction. Recent core modules have included Subversive Children's Literature, The Romantics and Early Modern Literature. You'll also get an impressive selection of optional modules, so you can follow your passion or develop a new one. You can choose from exciting modules that might include Utopia and Dystopia, Literature and Cinema or, Literature and Protest, which examines the 2011 London riots and theories of crowd psychology.  

Roehampton has the only English Literature degree offer Children’s Literature options throughout the course. It’s also the first university to offer The Literature of Food, currently taught by The Great British Bake-Off adviser Professor Nicki Humble.

This interactive degree makes the most out of our London location, integrating the culture and drama of the city into the course syllabus. You’ll visit Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, the National Theatre, and the Victoria and Albert museum among others.

When you’re back in the classroom you’ll have the opportunity to attend events led by industry professionals, such as archivists, curators, and theatre companies. Special seminars and masterclasses are also held by the Department’s internationally recognised writers, currently including Roehampton’s Chancellor, world-renowned author Professor Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

Department life is further enriched by our partnership with a major literary festival, Wimbledon Bookfest, and the London-based Bookclubs in Schools. The University also has its own printing press, Fincham Press, meaning you could see your work published

Our students agree the course is something special, giving it 97% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014, placing Roehampton joint third in the UK in the field.

Example modules

  • Literature and Cinema
  • Subversive Children’s Literature
  • Literature of Food

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 (2015 entry) ABB or BBB with English A Level, grade B (2016 entry)

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

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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

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