Learn how different societies have shaped, and been shaped by, English literature on our full-time English Literature degree in Cambridge. Choose to study abroad for one semester. Become a self-reliant researcher as well as developing many critical and communication skills required in the modern workplace.
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.
You’ll engage with a wide range of texts, including novels, poems, plays, theatrical performances, films, tracts, pamphlets, reviews and critical and cultural theory. By studying English literature, you'll 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. You can take an optional placement year between years 2 and 3 in a sector of your choice, given you a head-start moving into the world of work.
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. 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 Cassie Gorman, (The Atom in Seventeenth-Century Literature, forthcoming); Dr Tory Young, (Studying English Literature, a text used on many other University courses as well as our own); 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 Cassie Gorman
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need: they help us review what we teach and how we teach it.
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:
Modules are subject to change and availability.
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.
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.
With expertise from gender issues to literary analysis to exploring how the past has shaped our modern world, all our staff members are active researchers. This is reflected in our teaching, allowing us to support our students with the latest theories and practices, as well as essential employability advice.
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'll be responsible for covering the cost of travelling to your placement during your placement year. This cost could vary significantly depending on where your placement is located, where you live during your course and how you travel.
UK students (and EU students starting a course before 1 August 2021) can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
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.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes EU students starting a course before 1 August 2021.
Government funding 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 range of ARU scholarships, which can provide extra financial support while you’re at university.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2020-21.
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.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.
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.
Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year)
Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year)
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