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English Literature, BA

Lancaster University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
Lancaster
English
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Program description

English Literature, BA

If you choose to study English Literature at Lancaster we will take you on an exciting journey through a vibrant array of authors, genres, historical periods, literary movements, techniques and critical approaches.

We offer a degree that is intellectually stimulating, provides a wide variety of study choice and turns out graduates with excellent employment prospects.

You can study writers dating from the middle ages to the present day, and choose genres and periods that particularly appeal to you. Some of the genres you may encounter include science fiction; gothic; utopia; world literature; the graphic novel; travel writing and slave narratives. You’ll discover a wide range of authors, from which could include classics such as Geoffrey Chaucer, John Milton, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bronte and Oscar Wilde and more modern and contemporary authors such as Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Chinua Achebe, Samuel Beckett, Margaret Atwood, Jackie Kay and Carol Ann Duffy. Flexibility is built into our degree program, meaning you can immerse yourself in English Literature or combine it with another complementary subject.

Our academics are passionate about English Literature and they teach our courses from the first year onwards, meaning they are available to help you.

Our keen emphasis on employment means you will develop professional skills as part of your studies. We offer a number of placement and internship opportunities, which could include classroom experience in schools, a short placement in a creative or heritage organisations and internship opportunities, as well as a separate placement year degree.

There is a strong international emphasis to our work and you may have the opportunity to spend your second or third year at one of our prestigious partner universities. There may also be opportunities for short study trips.

Admission requirements

Grade Requirements

  • A Level AAB
  • Required Subjects A level English Literature or A level English Language and Literature grade A
  • IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component.

Other Qualifications

  • International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in a HL Literature subject
  • BTEC Considered alongside A level English Literature or A level English Language and Literature grade A

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1

Core

  • Literature in Crisis: From Chaucer to Comics

Optional

  • World Literature

Year 2

Core

The Theory and Practice of Criticism

Optional

  • American Literature to 1900
  • British Romanticism
  • Late Medieval to Early Modern Literature
  • Literature, Film, and Media
  • Victorian Literature

Year 3

Core

  • Dissertation Unit

Optional

  • 21st Century Theory: Literature, Culture, Criticism
  • Between the Acts
  • Bible and Literature
  • Contemporary Literature in English
  • Contemporary Middle Eastern Literatures
  • Culture, Heritage and Creative Industries: Work Placement
  • Jane Austen
  • Literary Film Adaptations, Hollywood 1939
  • Literature and Religion at the Fin de Siecle
  • Literature and the Visual Arts
  • Modernism towards Postmodernism
  • Monstrous Bodies: Romantic Period Poetry and Prose
  • Performing Death, Desire and Gender
  • Premodern Gothic
  • Public and Private Performances of Self in Medieval Literature and Drama
  • Schools Volunteering Project
  • Science Fiction in Literature and Film
  • Shakespeare
  • The Byron-Shelley Circle
  • Utopias and Utopianism
  • Victorian Gothic
  • Women Writers of Britain and America

Tuition fees

  • For UK students: £9,250 per year
  • For International students: £19,930 per year

Continuing studies

Other graduates go on to further study, not only in English and Creative Writing, but also in Journalism, Publishing, Law, Public Relations and Business.

Career opportunities

Previous graduates of this Department have gone on to successful postgraduate study and careers in professional fields such as publishing, journalism, writing, television and the media, teaching, and librarianship, with some taking up employment overseas.

Our Creative Writing graduates have published their own stories, novels, and poems with major publishers and have had their scripts produced in national festivals and on national radio.

The transferable skills you have the opportunity to develop on this degree – communication, self-expression, research and critical understanding – also open up a wide range of business and public-sector roles in areas such as marketing, advertising, law, social work and professional services.

Our graduates have gone on to train as speech therapists, teachers of English in the UK and overseas, computer programrs and consultants, videogame storywriters, bankers, chartered accountants, personnel managers and social workers.

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Lancaster University

Lancaster University is located in the northwest of England near the major cities of Manchester and Liverpool. It was established in 1964 as a collegiate university with a reputation for innovation. Lancaster is one of the few UK universities to...


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Why study at Lancaster University

Welcome to Lancaster

For us, Lancaster is everything a university should be. It's somewhere you can belong, a community to join with a collection of colleges that offer close-knit support and a proud identity.

We set high standards, and we challenge, pushing people to new heights. But we also support, guiding people through their studies, research and careers.

A top 10 university

Lancaster University is among the best in the UK, in the top 10 in The Guardian University Guide 2021 and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. We also have a TEF Gold rating for teaching and we're highly ranked in international league tables such as the QS World Rankings. We're proud to have been named International University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

A place for everyone

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Nine colleges, one home

Colleges are central to the Lancaster University experience. It's where you live, but more than that, it's a place to socialise and a support network too. The difference our colleges make can't be overstated. For 'collegiate' read 'supportive', 'friendly', 'fun' and 'open'.

Hello future

Lancaster is ranked 3rd in the UK for graduate-level employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, with 89% of Lancaster students going into professional work or further education after graduation.

Not everyone has their future planned out when they arrive at University, but whatever's right for you, we're here to help.

Your global experience

Your Global Experience at Lancaster University is about joining our international community on campus to share ideas and perspectives. Take it further with study abroad options and other travel opportunities.

Get involved to make connections, explore the world and discover yourself. 

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We offer comprehensive support from the very start of your Lancaster journey until you graduate, to enhance your experience as a student and help to fulfil your potential.

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Lancaster University

Lancaster University, Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
U.K

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