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Undergraduate courses

English Literature

  • English Lit

Why study at Roehampton

  • An unrivalled choice and variety of modules, giving you the chance to study everything from Shakespeare to Neil Gaiman and from William Blake to the London riots
  • The opportunity to make use of London’s amazing resources, with visits to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Britain, the Museum of London, the National Maritime Museum and many more 
  • The option to study Children’s Literature at every level of your degree
  • Employability opportunities, including work placements with a local literary festival, Bookclubs in Schools, and Fincham Press
  • Ranked the 4th best university in London for research in English Literature (Times Higher Education 2014 REF Results)

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’ll gain a solid understanding of English literature, with specialised knowledge in particular areas, and develop important skills in reading, writing and independent research.

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. Core modules you can choose from include 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 Utopia and Dystopia, Literature and Cinema or the unique module, Literature and Protest, where you will look at the 2011 London riots and theories of crowd psychology.  

Roehampton is the only UK university to offer Children’s Literature options throughout the course. It’s also the first university to offer The Literature of Food, 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, including Roehampton’s Chancellor, 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.

Read more about the course, including all our module choices, by clicking here.

Example modules

  • Literature & Cinema
  • Laughing Victorians
  • Subversive Children’s Literature
  • Literature of Food
  • Staging Gender

Career options

You’ll gain the skills you need to succeed in:

  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Public relations
  • Media
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Arts and events management
  • The Civil Service
  • Teaching
  • Law
  • Leisure and tourism
  • 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

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Further information

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