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Bachelor's Degree in English

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021
Application deadline: 30 June 2021

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in English

At Southampton, English is an interdisciplinary course. You’ll see how literature connects with areas such as film, science, performance and politics. You can study everything from medieval travellers’ tales to modern fictions of globalisation.

With our advice, you can shape your BA English degree to suit your own development. For example, you can:

  • write avant-garde poetry
  • study Victorian sensation fiction
  • take a range of modules on women writers

Your studies will include critical analysis, presentations and group work. These will help you develop your conceptual thinking, communication and research skills.

You’ll have the opportunity to study abroad, spending a semester, a summer or even a full year at one of our global partner universities.

Admission requirements


AAB including English Literature or a related subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma additional information

Related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language or Drama and Theatre Studies.


  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus A in A level English Literature or a related subject


  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus A in A level English Literature or a related subject


  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus A in A level English Literature or a related subject* and A in one further A level

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

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

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Program content

Year 1

  • English on the Move
  • Poetic Language
  • The Act of the Essay
  • The Novel

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Humanities, the Human and the Non-Human
  • Literary Transformations
  • Puzzles about Art and Literature
  • Theory & Criticism
  • World Dramas

Year 2

  • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
  • African Worlds
  • Arthurian Worlds
  • Brief Encounters: Writing Short Stories
  • Children's Literature
  • Creative Writing after Modernism
  • Decolonising Modernity
  • From Black and White to Colour: A Screen History of Race, Gender and Sexuality in Post-War Britain
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Images of Women
  • Introduction to Nineteenth-Century British Literature
  • Modernisms
  • Queens, Devils and Players in Early Modern England
  • Rakes to Romantics
  • Sweatshops, Sex workers, and Asylum Seekers: World Literature and Visual Culture after Globalisation
  • The Early Modern Body
  • The Life and Afterlife of the Vikings
  • Vienna and Berlin: Society, Politics and Culture from 1890 to the Present
  • Women, Writing and Modernity, 1770-1830

Year 3

  • English Dissertation

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • American dreams? Monetized bodies, terror, and trauma in American Drama
  • Animal Forms: poetry and the non-human
  • Eve and the Angels: Love, War, and the End of Epic in Milton's Paradise Lost
  • Fantasy Film and Fiction
  • German-Jewish Writing Across the Twentieth Century
  • Holocaust Literature
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Inventing America
  • Language and the City
  • Literatures of Islands and Oceans
  • Medicine and Modernity: The Science and Literature of Life in the C19th
  • Minorities and Migrants: Exploring Multicultural Germany
  • Revolution and Romanticism: Literature of the 1790s
  • Shakespeare Then and Now
  • Utopias and Dystopias in Literature and Culture
  • Writing the Novel

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

  • UK, Channel Island, Isle of Man and Irish students: £9,250 per year
  • EU and international students: £18,520 per year


  • Final award: Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons))
  • Name of award: English
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Career opportunities

Our English graduates have progressed to careers including:

  • administration
  • advertising
  • business
  • creative writing
  • government, including the civil service
  • journalism
  • marketing
  • media
  • publishing
  • public relations
  • teaching
  • translation

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About this institute

University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is a top 100 global University with a top 15 UK University place. We are a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, as demonstrated by our research intensity. We have a wonderful global community, with...

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Why study at University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is a welcoming and close knit student community of roughly 22,000 students. We have an international student population which makes up just under 30% of our student body which is wonderful. With 98% of our graduates going into work or further study 6 months after graduation, we offer the chance to study at a world leading Russell Group University whilst safe in the knowledge you will be well on your way to succeeding your chosen career.

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University of Southampton

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SO17 1BJ Southampton
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