Words and stories have the power to change lives. At the University of Roehampton we take both a creative and a practical approach to exploring literature and the written word.
3 years (full-time)
4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year
BA (single honours)
September 2022 entry: 96–112 points
Roehampton is the top ranking university in London, and 9th in the country, for student satisfaction in English (The Complete University Guide 2022).
A diverse curriculum covering the traditional - Shakespeare and Dickens - as well as contemporary issues such as gender, multiculturalism and environmentalism in literature.
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).
Course and Module Details
Our beautiful 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
Tuition fees and funding
September 2022 entry tuition fees
Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.
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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.
This course has the option of studying abroad as part of your degree in your second semester of second year.
With Roehampton Abroad scholarships of up to £1,000 and Turing Scheme funding available, you could spend a semester at one of our partner universities across the globe, with destinations including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.
Find out more about where your degree could take you here.
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
How to apply
How to join us in January or February 2022
How to join us in September 2022
- Home (UK) students – apply through UCAS
- International students – apply using our direct application form.
If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.
International (non-EU) students who do not wish to use the UCAS system can apply directly to us using our online application form. This is available to international students only.
Application process FAQs
If you are applying to us for a full-time degree or extended degree programme, you will need to apply online through UCAS, or direct, depending on the start date of your course and your fee status. Please see tabs above. And don't hesitate to contact us at the same time. Either fill in an online enquiry form, or contact us at the details below!
This is the official applications service for the UK, and they will send your application details to each of the universities you have listed on your application.
When you register with UCAS, you will also receive a username and password so that you can access your application at a later date.
It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages on our website.
Contact us directly if you have any questions.
Yes we will take into account the ongoing disruption and impact that Coronavirus has had on applicants when considering the results of students applying to us.
The Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48.
Your school, college or centre will give you a buzzword so you can link your application to them. You add this word to your application when you register to make an undergraduate application.
If you are applying independently, without a school or college, you do not need a buzzword.
If you are no longer at school or college you will need to apply to university as an independent applicant. When you register with UCAS they will give you a username and password so that you can complete your application whenever you like.
You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement and will also need to supply a reference from someone who knows you well, and is able to write about why you are suitable for higher education.
It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages.
Further guidelines can be found on the UCAS website.
Contact us directly if you have any other questions about applications.
No. UCAS will issue you with a username and password which you can use to log in whenever and wherever you want to work on your application.
There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, as long as you complete it within the deadlines set by UCAS and your school.
No, you can only send one UCAS application in each year’s application cycle, but this can include applications for up to five courses. Applying for more than one course will cost extra.
If you apply to university before the 15 January deadline you should have received decisions from each of the universities you apply to by 31 March 2020. In this case, you will need to make your replies about which to accept by 5 May 2020.
If you applied after the January deadline, or one or more of your universities hasn’t made a decision on your application by the end of March, other reply dates will apply – please do contact us to find out more.
You can accept two courses – one firm choice and one insurance choice.
If you meet the requirements of your firm choice, then you will be expected to take that place, so you need to be sure that the course you have accepted firmly is the one you want to do.
If you miss the grades for your firm choice and meet the requirements for your insurance choice you will be expected to take up that place.
If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into Clearing and cannot go to your insurance choice.
If you apply through UCAS and we make you an offer, we will ordinarily make you one of the following types of offer:
This offer requires you to meet particular academic or other conditions before you can join the course of study you have applied for. This could be a combination of grade, scores or subjects and will be outlined in the offer communication that you receive.
An unconditional offer has no conditions attached. Unconditional offers are often made to students who already have their achieved qualification grades and who are returning to education after a gap year or a period of time in work.
If Roehampton is your firm choice, and you have not met your conditions, please check UCAS track, we may be able to show some flexibility, although this is not guaranteed.
If you have missed the conditions of your firm choice, but met the conditions of your Insurance choice. Congratualtions, you will be studying at your Insurance choice. If you miss the conditions for both your firm and Insurance choice, then UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing.
Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more advice about what happens on results day.
If you would like any advice on this, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options.
If you are applying to university from the UK or European Union (EU), irrespective of your nationality, you must submit your UCAS application before the January deadline in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration. The deadline for the 2022 cycle is Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 18:00.
We understand that there are many reasons why you may not be able to meet this deadline. With this in mind, Roehampton will still consider applications received after the January deadline, if there are places available on the course.
The University of Roehampton welcomes the introduction of T Levels and is delighted to confirm that we will be able to accept them across the majority of our programmes. Students will be able to apply using T Levels for both three year and four year undergraduate degrees. UCAS Tariff requirements for each programme, will be made available on programme webpages.
Yes, if you accepted an offer of study at us or another University through UCAS, you have 14 days in which you can change your response, and you can do so by contacting UCAS.
If you want to change your mind, please do get in touch to discuss your options with us. Call us on 0208 392 3314.
If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2022, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.
Clearing a service that is available between July and September to help people find places on higher education courses. You may be eligible for Clearing if any of the following are relevant to you:
- you have applied this year but have not gained a place
- you have declined your offers
- you have not previously applied to UCAS for entry this year.
Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.
You can find more information on our financial support pages.
Yes, we have a wide range of on-campus and off-campus student residences. You will be guaranteed University accommodation if you are applying for September 2021, January 2022 or September 2022 entry.
Find out more about our accommodation and accommodation guarantee here.
Yes to find out more visit our care leavers webpage.
We can support you to transfer to Roehampton from another university, into the relevant year of study. Find out more here.
UCAS offers a number of helpful articles on the process of applying to universities. You can also find advice and guidance from the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team here.
Dr Alison Waller
Hello, I’m Alison Waller. I’m the Programme Convener for the BA English Literature, which means that I’ll be your first point of contact if you have any questions about the course while you are at Roehampton.Read More
I am really looking forward to helping you make the most of your degree. I also teach modules on children’s and young adult (YA) literature, so you may encounter me in the classroom in your second or third year. I have an interest in exploring memories of childhood books, and how these shape us as individuals. I’m fascinated by what might be considered everyday or mundane aspects of stories – the cups of tea, bus journeys, and laptops – and how these create a recognisable cultural landscape for young readers. Working at Roehampton is exciting, because everyone loves learning together and exploring ideas, not just the students! When I’m not at work my favourite thing to do is snowboarding, although recently I’ve had to make do with long walks in the countryside. I spend most of the rest of the time taking pictures of my two beautiful black cats, Borage and Marlow. Email Alison.
Dr Dustin Frazier Wood
Hi, I'm Dustin, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities. You'll meet me in your first semester in Discovering Literature, a module that ranges from Homer's Odyssey to the drag, punk-rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.Read More
Hi, I'm Dustin, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities. You'll meet me in your first semester in Discovering Literature, a module that ranges from Homer's Odyssey to the drag, punk-rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. At second and third year (and beyond) I teach interdisciplinary modules on medieval and early modern literature, digital humanities, archives and cultural heritage. My research focuses on the ways European writers and artists have discovered, imagined and remade classical and medieval literature, history and material culture over the past 600 years. When I'm not at Roehampton, you'll normally find me working with partners in museums, libraries and archives in London and the East Midlands. I'm currently the Librarian & Archivist to the Spalding Gentlemen's Society (SGS), the oldest provincial learned society in Britain, and love to help my students get involved with collections during their studies.
Dr Alberto Fernandez-Carbajal
Hi I'm Alberto and I teach English Literature modules such as Multicultural London, Writing Multicultural Britain, and Literature, Gender and Sexuality, and I also teach the Creative Writing module Introduction to Creative Writing.Read More
My research is placed at the intersection of colonial, postcolonial, queer and diaspora studies. I'm interested in how cultural texts explore the complex relationship between race, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, migration, and faith. I simply adore my colleagues, who, while high-flying international experts in their fields, are also a collegial and friendly bunch. While not traipsing round London, I can be found with my family in a small town on the border of Yorkshire and Lancashire: my household comprises my civil partner, son, three cats, around two dozen fish, and a whippet called Betty who students get to meet once in a while.
Professor Clare McManus
Hi, I’m Clare and I’m a professor in the English Literature and Creative & Professional Writing team at Roehampton.Read More
Hi, I’m Clare and I’m a professor in the English Literature and Creative & Professional Writing team at Roehampton. I teach early modern literature - formerly known as ‘the Renaissance’ - and I uncover the diversity of that period with institutions such as Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Museums Greenwich. At Roehampton, you won’t find modules that just “do Shakespeare”. We teach the full range of writing and representation of the men, women and gender nonconforming individuals who were his contemporaries, offering you new research shaped by thinking about race, faith, gender, sexuality and class. Literature changes depending on who's reading it, and my aim is to help all students find something of themselves in this literary period. Outside Roehampton, I’m a Liverpool fan and I love watching cricket. I’m from Merseyside and I studied and taught in all four UK nations and in the US before moving to London for the theatres – I can’t wait for them to open again! If you’re interested in hearing more about my work, try this Folger Shakespeare Library podcast, ‘She can spin for her living’.
Dr Ian Kinane
Hi there, I’m Ian Kinane and I teach on the BA in English Literature, mainly in the areas of popular literature and culture.Read More
Hi there, I’m Ian Kinane and I teach on the BA in English Literature, mainly in the areas of popular literature and culture. My research interests are varied and include at any one time some of the following: Robinson Crusoe and the popular heritage of the Robinsonade genre, island studies, adventure fiction, spy fiction, Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, Michelle Cliff's fiction, cultural geography, and representations of bisexuality in literature. I’m also the General Editor of the International Journal of James Bond Studies, which is a thing! My favourite thing about Roehampton is the enthusiasm students have for their modules; it’s a real pleasure to be able to talk with – and learn from – our students while sharing with them my own passion for literature. Outside work, I spend my time reading (obviously), making theatre, geocaching (check it out), playing with my cat Sylvie, and screaming at my TV over the poor judging choices made on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Dr Shelley Trower
Hello, I’m Shelley and I’ll be teaching Life Stories this coming year.Read More
I’m fascinated by life stories of many different kinds, from Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to oral histories with feminists, vice presidents, roofers, and many others! I’ve recently led a project called Living Libraries, for which we created a website with soundscapes, a virtual library and much more, in addition to a takeover of Soho Radio. I’m also keen to develop Roehampton’s focus on environmental issues, and am leading the Climate Network with Professor Molly Scott-Cato and others. I’m also Head of English & Creative Writing. (Email Shelley)
Dr Mary Shannon
Hi, I'm Mary L. Shannon, I specialise in 19th-century literature and culture so you'll find me teaching modules on Victorian Literature, Children's Literature, and Popular Culture, among other things.Read More
Hi, I'm Mary L. Shannon, I specialise in 19th-century literature and culture so you'll find me teaching modules on Victorian Literature, Children's Literature, and Popular Culture, among other things. I'm currently writing a book about a 19th century London busker called Billy Waters. I'm fascinated by the connections between Victorian London and London today: you can read my article about the London street poor on the British library's website here: I'm also founding President of the GWM Reynolds society - Reynolds was more popular than Dickens in the Victorian period, but he is little known today, even though he wrote fiction full of contemporary resonances - he was interested in workers' rights, womens' rights, democracy, London, and the supernatural.
Dr Rachele Dini
Hi! I'm Rachele and I teach Discovering Literature as well as modules on American literature, dystopian fiction, environmentalist literature, and popular representations of race, gender, and sexuality.Read More
I work on Cold War literature, feminist fiction, sci-fi, the history of advertising . . . and waste! My first book examined the way that twentieth-century writers used landfills and litter as metaphors for social inequality (read about literary waste studies here). My second book looks at how American writers since the Second World War have engaged with domestic appliances, which were invented in the early 1900s as replacements for Black servants. I also keep a blog - have a read! The best part of my job is teaching students who always have unexpected takes on the texts we read, and working with my clever, friendly colleagues. It’s such a welcoming, and intellectually nourishing a community! Outside of school, I divide my time between walking my three-year-old lurcher Fernando, binge-watching TV series on Netflix, scrolling through vintage objects on Etsy in the name of 'research', and collecting an alarming number of faux fur and velvet soft furnishings in various shades of pink.
Dr David Fallon
Hello, I’m David and I’ll be teaching you on the Questioning the Canon module this year. I’m a specialist in the literature and culture of the boisterous 18th century and rebellious Romantic period, especially William Blake.Read More
I also enjoy a whole host of different kinds of writing, including Gothic and horror, science fiction and pop music biography. On Questioning the Canon, we’ll be looking at what makes a ‘classic’ of literature, but we’ll also be trying to be a bit more subversive too. Who gets to decide what a ‘classic’ is and why? What voices or kinds of writing might get obscured by an authoritative, traditional canon? How do older texts still speak to us and excite readers today? Like Clare (above), I am a long-standing partaker in the pleasures and pains of supporting Liverpool FC. I share my computer keyboard with two enthusiastic and unpredictable typers: my young daughter, Clio, and my cat Dudley.
Doing all we can to support our student's lives 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.