What Will You Study

Our English Literature degree provides a thorough grounding in a wide range of authors, genres, historical periods, literary movements, techniques and critical approaches. We use cutting-edge approaches to literary study, and allow you to specialise in genres and periods that particularly appeal to you.

In your first and second years, mandatory courses include Introduction to English Literature and The Theory and Practice of Criticism; optional courses include World Literature, Renaissance to Restoration Literature, Romantic Literature, Victorian Literature, Literature and Film, and American Literature to 1900. Third-year English courses range from medieval to contemporary literature. We offer a wide variety of full- and half-year modules addressing an array of topics, authors, theories, contexts, and media. In your final year you’ll also choose the materials, issues and themes you’d like to explore in greater depth by writing a Dissertation on a topic that particularly appeals to you.