Learn how different societies have shaped English literature, and how English literature has shaped society. Become a self-reliant researcher as well as developing the skills required for the modern world of work.
Lecturers are more than happy to discuss in detail any concepts you have, and offer further reading to enhance your knowledge.
The extracurricular opportunities have been fantastic. I've had multiple trips to museums, and even made my own book!
Our BA (Hons) English Literature will help you understand the importance of English literature; how it is affected by the culture, language, technology and economics of the period, but also how it influences readers and society itself.
By studying English literature, you will also be exploring a range of other subjects, including history, politics, philosophy, religion, psychology and the history of art.
You will be encouraged to work and think independently, helping you become self-reliant and critically adaptive, with the ability to consider perspectives that are different to your own or to popular opinion. Some exercises will involve you in group work, presenting ideas and information or finding solutions to problems with others, promoting your interpersonal skills and your ability to negotiate.
As well as developing skills such as literacy and communication, which are important for any future career, you will become well-versed in the specific methods of literary research, such as bibliographies, databases and information technology.
Our optional modules will also give you the chance to practise and develop your own creative writing, as well as explore the processes of the modern publishing industry. Other options you can take include Writing World War One, Black British Fiction, Theorising Children’s Literature and Renaissance Magic. In Year 3, you can develop your own interests and independent research skills by undertaking a short or long Major Project on a subject of your choice, working with a member of staff with expertise in your chosen area.
Your studies will be supported throughout the course by our team of English literature and writing experts. These include Course Leader Dr Tory Young, (author of Studying English Literature, a text used on many other University courses as well as our own), Dr Una McCormack (Star Trek The Fall: The Crimson Shadow and Doctor Who: Royal Blood), Professor Eugene Giddens (Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass: A Publishing History) and Professor Sarah Annes Brown (A Familiar Compound Ghost: Allusion and the Uncanny).
Course leader: Dr Tory Young
As well as teaching, the most popular choice of career for our graduates, our students have gone on to find success in many different roles including journalism, television, radio, the music industry, arts administration, gallery work, fundraising, personnel work, publishing, librarianship, marketing, local authority work, publicity, social work, tourism and IT-related industries.
You might also decide to carry on to a Masters course after you graduate, such as our:
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure (pdf).
To show your progress towards becoming a reflective and autonomous learner, you will undertake a variety of assessment methods, including: critical reflection; essays; portfolios; reviews; oral presentations; written examinations and discussion boards.
We believe in thinking critically to challenge perceptions and better understand communities and people, using our expertise in Cambridge and beyond to support others to do the same.
At the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, we believe in thinking critically about the past, present and future to challenge perceptions and better understand communities and people.
You can apply to spend one semester in years 2 or 3 studying abroad at the Universidad de Huelva, Spain, and Valparaiso University, Indiana, USA.
You can take part in our many extra-curricular activities, our poetry and writing evenings, research symposia and conferences, as well as many student societies including the Creative Writing Society, the Poetry Society and the Harry Potter Society.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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