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English Literature

  • English Literature

Why study at Roehampton

  • The English & Creative Writing department is ranked in the top 20 in the country (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.

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. The 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. In the classroom, you will be supported to realise your potential through individual tutorials, small group work, and lectures. Plus in the third year, you’ll get to pursue your own ambitious research project, with one-to-one supervision from academic staff.

More details

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, Literature and Cinema and Reading the Digital, which explores how the narrative form is changing in response to new modes, media and formats.

The English Literature 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.

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.

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.

What our students say

Daniel Jon Drakeford

"I enjoy the range of modules available and variety of texts that we study."

Daniel Jon Drakeford
BA English Literature

Example modules

  • American Literature
  • Charles Dickens
  • Crime Fiction
  • Gothic and Fantastic Literature
  • Laughing Victorians
  • Shakespeare in London
  • Subversive Children’s Literature
  • Writing Multicultural Britain

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 »

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] »

Philosophy [QV35] »

Spanish [QR34] »

Further information

Contact our Recruitment team
undergraduate@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

Undergraduate open day

Saturday 7 November 2015

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