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Course summary

Overview Literature at UEA is vivid, contentious and alive: full of passion, politics and play. You’ll gain a first-class grounding in literature from across time and across cultures, while learning to respond to the books you're reading in inventive ways.    Whether getting your hands on an early draft of a novel by a world-famous living crime writer or using innovative techniques to bring Shakespeare's contemporaries to life, in your training as a literary critic, you’ll acquire high-level analytical skills and a broad and deep knowledge of writing of all kinds, while honing the craft of critical writing itself.    Norwich is the ideal place to study literature. It’s been home to ground-breaking writers for centuries, from Julian of Norwich, the first woman to write a book in English, right up to our own award-winning UEA graduates, like Ian McEwan, Emma Healey, and Kazuo Ishiguro. This is just one of the reasons Norwich was chosen as England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. About This Course UEA is the place where literature lives. You’ll be part of the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, a unique and supportive community of critics, writers, and drama practitioners who are dedicated to bringing literature to life (you can follow our activities on Instagram!). You’ll be studying literature in Norwich: a city with both a rich literary tradition and a vibrant contemporary writing scene.  We emphasise choice and flexibility in building your own unique pathway through English literature. You’ll have the chance to discover a wealth of writers from the ancient classical past right up to poets and novelists writing now. You might explore diverse traditions of writing from across the globe, and you’ll tackle a heady mix of genres, which currently range from the gothic to children’s literature, crime writing to Latin American fiction, early modern women’s writing to biography. Your journey through literature is shaped by you and your interests – no two UEA English Literature degrees are the same.  All our BA English Literature modules are 100% coursework. This enables you to cultivate the craft of critical writing. You might find yourself honing the perfect essay or try expressing your ideas in new, experimental forms in one of our creative-critical modules. Or you might turn your skill with words towards modules on writing as a profession, which give you a flavour of the diverse and exciting careers for which your literary critical training prepares you. Whatever you study, you’ll work with our world-leading critics, who will help you to develop your own critical voice. Your lecturers will be passionate about bringing their own expertise into the seminar room. Your Literature degree will enable you to become an imaginative and knowledgeable reader of literature, and a confident writer about it. You’ll graduate as a passionate and informed advocate for the literature you love, ready to take all the skills you’ve learnt into a host of careers. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4 or C and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or C. If you do not have an A-Level or equivalent qualification in one of the subjects listed above, once you have submitted your UCAS form we may then contact you to ask you to submit a short analysis of a passage of a literary text in support of your application.   We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please contact us at

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing). We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please check our website for details.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £19250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. Fees for continuing students (i.e. those on courses of greater than one year in length) will normally increase annually. This increase will not exceed 4% or the % increase of the UK Government regulated fee whichever is higher. The fee increase is based on the fee for the year that you register. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.
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