English Literature (Placement Year)

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code Q301
  • Entry Year 2024 or 2023
  • A Level Requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years


Top reasons to study with us

  • 6

    6th for Creative Writing

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2023)

  • 7

    7th for English

    The Guardian University Guide (2023)

  • 4th for Graduate Prospects (English) The Guardian University Guide 2023

Why Lancaster?

  • Be encouraged to develop your own critical voice as you discuss and debate with our widely-published scholars and critics
  • Get involved with our four student-run literary journals: Cake, Lux, Flash, and Errant
  • Be inspired by our rich programme of literary events on campus, online, and in the city’s historic Castle Quarter
  • Study close to the beautiful Lake District, home of the Romantic poets, and inspiration for many writers since
  • Develop a host of professional skills from within literary study, such as researching, persuading and presenting

Literary study at Lancaster offers a rich and creative engagement with the very best of literature, from the medieval period to the present day. You’ll have the chance to explore everything from ancient myths and Renaissance sermons, through to nineteenth-century slave narratives, graphic novels and the latest video games.

Creative criticism

As well as encouraging and nurturing all kinds of established forms of literary scholarship, such as archival work, historicism, close reading, and literary theory, we are pioneers in creative forms of literary criticism. This means your study of, say, Hamlet, could, if you wish, take the form of a dramatic monologue or dream narrative, instead of a traditional essay.

Literary study here entails a deep dive into literature and an appreciation of how literature explores many other worlds – politics, ecology, philosophy, psychology, theology, film and fashion. To support this, in your first year if you wish you can study one or two subjects outside of English Literature.

Support and study trips

Your lectures will be supplemented by regular small-group seminars. We also encourage you to meet one-to-one with your tutor to discuss your work. You will be able to select from a wide range of modules and, in your dissertation, free to explore a literary topic or theme of your own choosing.

Many of our special literary events, such as talks from visiting scholars and authors, take place in the University Suite at Lancaster’s spectacular medieval Castle. Some modules include trips to the theatre or the Lake District. The University also offers short, overseas study trips outside of term time – a visit to New York has been particularly popular in previous years. You can also study English Literature with a study abroad year.


Throughout your degree here you will be learning vital professional skills, such as written and oral communication, thinking both critically and creatively, and presenting well-researched arguments.

In addition, your first-year core module includes options such as Creating a Literary Tour and Creating a Literary Podcast; and every year you will be invited to our literature-specific careers workshops, featuring former students.

Your skills will be valued by a range of sectors -- from marketing to law, social work to professional services, and business to the media. Our graduates have gone on to become:

  • Teachers
  • Computer programmers
  • Publishers
  • Copywriters
  • Advertisers
  • Authors
  • Journalists

Others have gone on to postgraduate study here and elsewhere.

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.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.








Fees and Funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2024/25 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2023/24 were:

UK International
£9,250 £21,980

Scholarships and Bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for 2024-entry study are not yet available, but you can use our opportunities for 2023-entry applicants as guidance.

Check our current list of scholarships and bursaries.

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