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BA (Hons) English

University of York
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

Program description

BA (Hons) English

English and Related Literature at York is unlike any other English degree. We have a unique approach to what literature is and does, how we read it, how we write about it and even how we make it.

At York, you will be at the forefront of literary study. Our modules are designed and taught by world experts working at the cutting-edge of literary study.

We offer a breathtaking choice of modules with an unsurpassed geographical and linguistic range, giving you the freedom to tailor your degree to your interests with the support of friendly and accessible tutors. With period coverage extending from Greek and Latin classics to literature being published right now, there’s something for everyone, including creative writing, drama, fiction, film, poetry, and the chance to get your hands dirty in our printing studio.

No discipline equips its students better to understand and interpret a wide range of texts or to form articulate and persuasive responses to a range of challenges. Our graduates go on to careers in all sorts of fields, even areas that traditionally haven’t recruited among Arts and Humanities graduates.

An English graduate’s creativity, passion, and ability to adapt along with outstanding presentation, language, and reasoning skills are what employers look for. Join us at York to discover a world of literature.

Admission requirements

  • A levels: AAA/A*AB including an A in English Literature (English Language and Literature is also acceptable)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 39 credits at Distinction, including at least 9 credits in Literature-related units, and 6 credits at Merit or higher
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDD with an additional A Level or equivalent qualification in English Literature at grade A
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3, D3, D3 including English Literature.
  • European Baccalaureate: 85% overall, with 85% in English Literature.
  • International Baccalaureate: 36 points, with 6 in all Higher level subjects, including English Literature.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language): Grade C
  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency: 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE III: Merit in all components
  • Duolingo: 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT: B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

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Program content

Year 1

Core modules

We’ll introduce you to a range of different texts and critical approaches in your first year to lay the foundation for your degree. Through carefully linked modules, you will be introduced to the historical and theoretical study of literature. These modules will be supplemented by additional skills based and topic-based modules.

Approaches to Literature

Get a feel for the shape of literary history by studying works from the medieval, early modern, eighteenth-century and Romantic, and modern periods in these interlinked modules.

  • Approaches to Literature I: Writing Modernity
  • Approaches to Literature II: Other Worlds

A World of Literature

These cross-period modules explore a range of responses to ancient literary texts and literature from around the world in these interlinked 20-credit modules.

  • A World of Literature I: Classics and Cultural Translations
  • A World of Literature II: Empire and Aftermaths

Key Concepts

This year-long foundation module provides you with important critical and methodological contexts for the study of literature. You will develop strategies for essay writing, engaging with criticism and critical theory, and revising work to improve its fluency and persuasiveness, as part of the Department’s innovative Writing at York provision.

  • Key Concepts: An Introduction to Genre, Theory, and Writing

Option modules

The core modules will be supplemented by additional skills-based and topic-based modules:

  • Topic modules

Choose two of these exciting, hands-on, tightly focused modules that act as an important pivot point between the research skills developed throughout the year and practical skills that will make you more employable after your degree.

Year 2

In your second year you’ll further your understanding of period-specific literary topics as well as focus on a World Literature subject.

Core module

  • Critical Practice

A year-long intermediate module that explores the history and theory of literary criticism. Building on the skills you acquired in first year, assignments on different media and in different forms (eg book reviews, magazine articles, scene analyses) will prepare you for advanced-level modules in Year 3.

Option modules

Choose two from:

  • Inventing Britain, 1700-1830
  • The Renaissance
  • The Shock of the New: Medieval Literature

and a further one from:

  • Age of Extremes: Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature
  • American Literature: From the First World War to the End of Empire
  • Victorians: British Literature, 1832-1901

You'll also choose one World Literature module and one Topic module.

Our range of World Literature Modules introduce you to another literature and culture, either in the original language or in translation. The choice is yours, and will be governed by your experience and interests.

  • World Literature modules

As in Year 1, choose another one of our highly interactive Topic Modules.

  • Topic modules

Year 3

You’ll have the opportunity to explore further the areas you’ve developed an interest in over the course of your studies through the diverse range of module choices available to our third-year students. In addition, the subject of your English dissertation is entirely up to you, which means that there is an exciting opportunity for you to shape the trajectory of your final year.

Option modules

  • Advanced option modules

Choose four modules from a diverse range of innovative options, covering all periods of literature from the classical era up to the twenty-first century, and exploring a wide variety of genres including creative writing, drama, fiction, film, and poetry. Here, you can shape your final year based on your own interests—whether honing in on the work of a single writer or exploring a new field of study. You can typically expect to choose from around 25 options.


The degree culminates in the dissertation (40 credits); an in-depth exploration of 7,000-8,000 words on a topic of your choice. Research lectures and writing labs support the one-to-one supervision you will receive from a member of staff. This year-long capstone project is a wonderful opportunity to display your skills in detailed research, elegant writing, and rigorous argument. You can also choose to do a dissertation with creative practice.

Program delivery

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Tuition fees

  • UK (home) fees: £9,250 per year
  • International and EU fees: £18,350 per year


Transferable skills

  • Ability to analyse and compare complex texts
  • Capacity to write clearly and fluently for a variety of audiences
  • Communication and teamwork skills
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Data interpretation
  • Experience of researching and debating challenging topics
  • Independent study skills
  • Logic and rhetoric
  • Proficiency in presenting findings cogently and persuasively using information technology

Career opportunities

  • Advertising, marketing, social media, and public relations
  • Arts Administration
  • Civil and Diplomatic Services
  • Film, radio, television, and theatre
  • Journalism and broadcasting
  • Law
  • Librarianship
  • Member of Parliament
  • Publishing
  • Teaching

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University of York

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. Since then we have become one of the world's leading universities, carving out a reputation as an academic powerhouse...

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University of York

YO10 5DD York
United Kingdom

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