English Literature

We warmly welcome you to the subject of English Literature. You will be joining a vibrant, lively community of readers, researchers and critics studying literature from the Medieval period to the present day. We offer the following degree schemes in English Literature:

Selected entry year

Reasons to study English Literature at Lancaster

Flexible approach to study

Flexible approach to study

Enrich and inform your learning by combining English Literature with other subjects such as History, RE or Philosophy, or specialise further within the subject.  

Wide range of modules

We have a wide range of half unit specialist modules – so you can study anything from Shakespeare to Sci-fi, Gothic to Contemporary Literature.   

Study abroad & placement year

You can study abroad for a full year and we offer one-term teaching placements in schools and placements in heritage and creative industries, as well as a full-year placement opportunity. 


Poetry editor for Faber & Faber, Wine Writer for The Times – just some examples of the careers our students go onto.

Student journals

Offer you the opportunity to publish your own work and edit work by others. We have four in-house journals run by staff and students.

Visiting staff

We have distinguished visiting members of staff who are outstanding in their fields. They teach on our courses and offer seminars.