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English BA (Hons)

City, University of London
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree

Program description

English BA (Hons)

This programme builds on our international reputation in creative writing, journalism and publishing.

You will study the written word across time and space, from Shakespeare to social media, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to comic books.

By the end of the degree you will have produced your own creative and professional writing.

You will also have developed critical and analytical skills needed to understand how the written word shapes, and is shaped by, the world we live in.

  • Immerse yourself in world literature and engage with current debates in literary scholarship
  • Write creatively, professionally and analytically in a range of different forms, via a range of different media
  • Learn from a team of expert lecturers who are passionate about engaging with the written word in all its forms
  • Develop employability skills with a placement module in a relevant business, like publishing, teaching, journalism and the arts
  • Or spend a full year on work placement there are amazing opportunities on your doorstep in London’s exciting Knowledge Quarter
  • Access awe inspiring library collections including the Senate House Library, with millions of books and beautiful study spaces, and nearby British Library.

Admission requirements


  • A-level: BBB with English Literature, English Language or English Language and Literature
  • Tariff: 120 UCAS tariff points
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points with 6 in Higher Level English Language or Literature and 5 in two other Higher Level subjects
  • GCSE: A minimum of grade 4 (C) in English Language and Mathematics in addition to other outlined requirements.

Mixed qualifications

Typically the only scenario where we make conditional offers expressed as UCAS tariff points is when an applicant presents mixed qualifications, most typically a combination of A Levels and a BTEC qualification.

In this instance, we may make a tariff point offer to present the applicant with more flexibility on equivalencies. In this case, please be aware that we may still ask for a specific score across certain qualifications and subjects. E.g. 'This offer is conditional on you achieving 128 tariff points. This must include A Level Mathematics at grade B.'

Subject exclusions

We do not accept General Studies and Critical Thinking. These subjects will not be included in any conditional offer we make.


Secondary school diploma. The exact requirements from the above qualification differ between courses. Please contact Admissions to confirm the requirements for your course of interest.

Visa Requirements

International Students may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2021 and EEA nationals joining from January 2022
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

IELTS: 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of Analysis and Criticism
  • Literature in Historical Context
  • Forms and Performances of Creative Writing
  • Storytelling
  • The Novel, Authorship and Creativity
  • Postcolonialism

Year 2

  • Shakespeare: Authorship, dramatic texts and audiences
  • 21st Century English and Digital Writing
  • Creative Writing Workshop
  • Contemporary Genre Fictions
  • Romanticism
  • Reading the City: Victorian and Early Twentieth-Century London
  • Reading the City: London after World War and Empire
  • Career Development and Work Placement
  • Web Creation and Digital Storytelling
  • Visual Journalism
  • Humanitarian Reporting
  • Sports Journalism
  • Video Game Music
  • Global Popular Musics

Year 3

  • Major Project: Dissertation
  • Major Project: Professional Portfolio
  • Major Project: Creative Writing
  • Literary Journalism
  • Publishing in the Digital Age
  • Global English and English Language Teaching
  • American Screenwriters
  • Writing Women
  • Place and Space
  • Reporting Conflict
  • Global Popular Musics
  • Romantic Aesthetics
  • Writing the Global City
  • Micro-Placement


You can apply to take a sandwich year working in a real-world work placement between years two and three of your degree.

Program delivery

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years with placement or study abroad year

Tuition fees

Fees for year 2021/22

  • UK: £9,250
  • Overseas/EU: £15,160

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/ 22 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.

Career opportunities

Delivered through world-class, research-informed teaching, this course prepares you for a range of possible career options, including:

  • journalism
  • creative writing
  • publishing
  • advertising and marketing
  • library science
  • digital media
  • charities
  • English language teaching
  • translation.

About this institute

City, University of London

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Contact info

City, University of London

Northampton Square, Clerkenwell
EC1V 0HB London


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