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  • Diverse curriculum covers traditional subjects such as Shakespeare and Dickens, as well as contemporary issues such as gender, multiculturalism and environmentalism.
  • Benefit from Roehampton's partnership with a major literary festival and numerous internship opportunities.
  • Roehampton in the top ranking university in London, and 9th in the country, for student satisfaction in English (The Complete University Guide 2022)
  • Roehampton is ranked in the top 8 universities in the UK for graduate salaries for English and Creative Writing (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2020 results, earnings one year after graduation).
  • Explore the ways literature has been shaped by London with trips to Shakespeare’s Globe, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Museum of London, the National Gallery and the BFI.
  • Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement, after year two.


Words and stories have the power to change lives. At the University of Roehampton we take a creative and practical approach to exploring literature and the written word.

Our gorgeous, leafy campus is in south west London, but there is no limit to our imaginations. As a member of Roehampton’s diverse and passionate community of readers, writers and thinkers, you will have the opportunity to:

• Encounter texts and writers from around the globe
• Experience multicultural London through contemporary fiction, film, and television
• Find out what Shakespeare’s plays can tell us about 21st-century politics
• Uncover ideas about gender and sexuality in Romantic, Gothic, and Victorian novels
• Find out about how Black writers have challenged the status quo
• Delve into the history and future of children’s literature
• Debate new, cutting edge, research in areas like environmental studies, performance, and digital media
• Get hands-on experience with our in-house publisher, Fincham Press.

Our modules don’t just teach you about literature, they help prepare you for life after university. In small groups and in lectures you will develop the ability to analyse ideas in depth, challenge stereotypes and clichés, and engage confidently in debate. You will become a sophisticated reader capable of finding hidden meanings in different kinds of texts, from epic poetry to national advertising campaigns and popular TV shows. You will also refine your academic and professional writing skills, and become adept at switching your style to suit different contexts. Your teachers at Roehampton will be there every step of the way. We are experts in our fields, and passionate about teaching. We consider it a privilege to help you through your learning journey. You won’t be lost in a crowd!

Key benefits of the BA English Literature programme:

  • A warm community within a larger campus
  • A focus on literature’s relationship to the wider world, making it meaningful outside of the classroom
  • Unique links with literary London, so you can get involved with literary festivals, theatre productions, and cultural organizations during your time with us
  • An opportunity to take a work placement module or choose to spend a full year out in industry
  • You'll be taught by staff members who are published academics and leading experts in their subjects
  • Skills development in research, problem solving, digital creation, linguistics, community project management, and copywriting

Below are some examples of modules taught on this programme.

Year 1

Discovering Literature
Language, Society and Power
Questioning the Canon
Philosophy, Film, and Literature
Life Stories
Multicultural London

Year 2

Afterlives: Gods and Heroes from Antiquity to Renaissance
Romantic and Victorian Bodies
Modern and Contemporary Dystopias
Childhood: Histories, Lives and Stories
Popoular Literature and Culture
Literature, Ethics and the Environment
The Sociolinguistics of Gender
Digital Humanities: Concept, Code and Creativity
Applied Humanities: Professional Practice and Placement
Visual Storytelling

Year 3

Tragedy: Classical, Shakespearean, Cinematic
Literature, Gender and Sexuality
Black British and American Writing
Literature, Money and Power
Myth and Transformation: Children’s and YA Fiction
Literature and Media
Reading in Action
Dissertation and Professional Development


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Our graduates go on to work in the media, the cultural heritage sector, the charity sector, the civil service, and industry. They become journalists, copywriters, podcasters, librarians, editors, teachers, social media marketers, policy advocates, and fundraising strategists - to name just a few! This is because they have learned to think deeply, and critically, about the culture that surrounds them, and to communicate complex ideas persuasively and accessibly for different audiences.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

We offer three cash scholarships to high-achieving students commencing undergraduate study in the Department of English and Creative Writing, provided to students who demonstrate their commitment to enriching the life of the Department.

The Anthony Horowitz Scholarship are worth £2000, paid in three instalments during each year of study. The scholarships are for home students enrolling in undergraduate degrees in the Department of English and Creative Writing. Please note successful applicants will also receive a Roehampton Academic Excellence Scholarship, worth up to £3000, which means successful applicants will be provided with up to £5000 cash scholarships during their studies.


During lockdown, Roehampton's Dr Andy Kesson got together with a group of academics to create a remarkable online video community called A Bit Lit. The idea was to celebrate and share creativity and research in the arts and humanities - particularly literature and writing.  

You can read all the contributions made to A Bit Lit by Roehampton staff here. Or you can access the entire community's output via its website or its YouTube channel.  

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

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Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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