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 year, courses include an Introduction to English Literature and The Theory and Practice of Criticism. You can also select from a range of optional modules. In your final year you’ll 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.
- Dance and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Dance and English Literature : BA Hons
- English Language and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Language and Literature : BA Hons
- English Literature and History : BA Hons
- English Literature and Linguistics : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- English Literature with Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Literature, Creative Writing and Practice : BA Hons
- Film and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Film and English Literature : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- French Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- German Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- Theatre and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Theatre and English Literature : BA Hons
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- An introduction to English Literature
- An introduction to World Literature
- The Theory and Practice of Criticism
- Renaissance to Restoration
- British Romanticism
- Victorian Literature
- Literature and Film
- American Literature to 1900
- Dissertation unit
- Contemporary Literature
- Modern British and American Literature
Year 3 - optional half units which may include (if running):
- Science Fiction in Literature
- The Byron-Shelley Circle
- Victorian Gothic
- Early Outlaws on Land and Sea
- School Volunteering Project
- Literature and the Visual Arts
- Bible and Literature
- Women Writers of Britain and America
- Monstrous Bodies
A-level: AAA - AAB inc grade A English Literature or English Language and Literature at grade A. We normally expect three A-levels
General Studies: Accepted as one of 3 A-levels
Key skills: Not included in offer
Scottish Highers: AAABB - ABBBB inc A in English
Irish Leaving Cert:Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
International Bacc: 36 - 35 pts overall with 16 pts from best three HL courses
Mature students: Applications welcome, especially with evidence of recent successful formal study e.g. a pass in an Access Course involving English Literature with 6 - 8 unit distintions, including distinctions in all available English units
Many of our students go on to careers traditionally associated with English Literature and Creative Writing, such as publishing, journalism, writing, television and the media, teaching and librarianship.
The transferable skills you gain on this degree – communication, self-expression, research and critical understanding – also open up a wide range of business and public-sector roles in areas such as marketing, advertising, law, social work and professional services.
A sizeable proportion of our graduates take up employment overseas. Other graduates go onto further study, not only in English and Creative Writing, but also in Journalism, Publishing, Law, Public Relations and Business.
Recent graduates have gone on to work or train as speech therapists, teachers of English in the UK and overseas, computer programmers and consultants, videogame storywriters, bankers, chartered accountants, personnel managers and social workers.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning MethodsAt Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments designed to best support the requirements of your chosen degree programme. These may include lecture and tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory sessions, other practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based elivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, short and sharply focussed critical reports, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Multiple choice formats are also employed where appropriate. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue. In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.