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BA (Hons) English Literature

University of Portsmouth
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021

Program description

BA (Hons) English Literature

Portsmouth is the perfect place to study literature. Charles Dickens was born here, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle called these streets home, and Rudyard Kipling’s work was inspired by his early years in the city.

On this BA (Hons) English Literature degree, you’ll examine literature from classics to the contemporary, and become an expert in reading, analysing and discussing the written works that inspire you.

You’ll emerge with a skill set that’s sought after for careers in the arts, publishing and media. The critical thinking, reading and analytical abilities you'll develop will also set you up for postgraduate study or roles in areas like teaching and politics.

Admission requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels – BBC–BCC
  • UCAS points – 104–112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include English (calculate your UCAS points)
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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

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Program content

Year 1

Core modules

  • Body Politics
  • English Literature: Academic Enrichment Program
  • Global Identities
  • Popular Culture: Spies, Dragons, Time Machines
  • The Short Story: Murder, Madness and Experimentation
  • Unpacking Texts: Introducing Critical Theory

Year 2

Core modules

  • English Literature: Academic Enrichment Program
  • Literary Prizes and Public Acclaim
  • Research in Practice

Optional modules

  • Bloody Shakespeare: Shakespeare's History Plays
  • Crime Writing
  • Danger! Censorship, Power and the People
  • Dystopian and Apocalyptic Environments: Ecocrisis in the Literary Imagination
  • Gender and the Media
  • Imagined Communities: Ethnicity and National Identity
  • Modern Foreign Language (IWLP)
  • Learning from Experience
  • Mortals and Immortals: Man, God and the Devil in Early Modern Literature
  • Propaganda
  • Research in Practice
  • Screen Media
  • Slavery and Antislavery in the Atlantic World
  • Space, Place and Being
  • Study Abroad
  • Transmedia Narratives and Strategies
  • Underworlds: Crime, Deviance and Punishment in Britain, 1500-1900

Optional sandwich year

Optional modules

  • Work Placement Year

Year 3

Core modules

  • English Literature: Academic Enrichment Program
  • Dissertation/Major Project (English Literature)

Optional modules

  • Consuming Fictions: Food and Appetite in Victorian Culture
  • Enlightenment: Literature, Culture and Modernity
  • Holocaust Literatures
  • Learning from Experience
  • Magical Realism
  • News, War and Peace
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Representing Science in the Media
  • Special Subject: Group Project 1
  • Special Subject: Individual Research 2
  • Studying Comedy
  • Time, Temporality, Contemporary Fiction
  • TV Drama and Society
  • US Masculinities

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery


  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich with work placement

Tuition fees

  • For UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • For International students: £15,500 per year


On this course, you’ll:

  • Build your knowledge of literature, from Shakespeare to the present day, and across genres from crime writing to magical realism
  • Learn from staff who are undertaking research in this field, ensuring you keep abreast of the latest developments
  • Tailor your studies to the areas of literature that excite you the most, choosing modules that match your interests
  • Develop analytical reading, presentation and team-work skills that’ll serve you in your future career
  • Get plenty of one-on-one sessions with your personal tutor

You can also:

  • Meet high-profile figures in the literary world and attend a reception at our annual Literary Prizes and Public Acclaim event
  • Develop personal and professional contacts locally and further afield through our work-related modules

Career opportunities

A degree in English literature is a great foundation for a career in the arts. Graduate employers also value the sophisticated analytical and presentational skills you'll develop on this course.

What can you do with an English Literature degree?

After the course, you could work in areas such as:

  • advertising
  • journalism
  • arts and media
  • public relations
  • copywriting
  • teaching
  • research

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About this institute

University of Portsmouth

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Why study at University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

Contact info

University of Portsmouth

Winston Churchill Avenue
PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
United Kingdom

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