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Course summary

Like John Keats, who compared his reading to ' the realms of gold', we recognise that exploration and discovery are at the heart of literary study. Our degree puts a wide range of English literatures at your disposal, leading you from the Middle Ages to the globalised literature of the present day; at every step, you will have freedom to organise your studies around your own interests, and to focus on areas of greatest appeal to you. Our English BA offers a comprehensive overview of English literature in its various manifestations, taking you through the development of literary culture in English, from its early stages to its fragmentation into multiple international literatures. The level of coverage offered by our English degree means that you will graduate with an unrivalled breadth of knowledge and an extensive range of skills. Flexibility is at the heart of our courses: a variety of option modules will allow you to shape your studies around your own interests, while you chart the development of English from the late medieval period to the present day. The expertise of our staff ranges across a number of fields, from gothic literature to detective fiction, and from drama to creative writing, giving you access to a broad sweep of topics and themes. We also offer employability modules in teaching and publishing, allowing you to gain invaluable real-world experience in these areas. You will experience the full range and diversity of poetry, drama and prose written in English, encountering every major current and figure, from medieval romances to the early modern stage, and from the Romantic movement to the post-war period and beyond. You will also discover how English literature has adapted to reflect various conditions throughout its long history, and how the latest critical approaches can enable you to engage with its varied forms and content. Our teaching staff are active researchers in a large number of different fields, from Caribbean literature to writing on medicine, and from the Victorian period to the post-colonial era. Particularly strong areas of expertise include early modern literature, the Victorian period, the twentieth century, and creative writing. You can also complement your literary study by taking options in related disciplines, such as American Literature, Film Studies, History, Creative Writing, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, or modern languages.


For more information on this course and a full list of modules, visit the course information page on our website

Assessment method

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How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Contact the Admissions Team at [email protected] with details of the course you are studying including modules taken, previous qualifications obtained with grades (at GCSE and A level or equivalent), the reason for your transfer request.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous examination results.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

The tuition fee for home students is reviewed annually and for the academic year 2024/5 it is £9,250. The fees for following years have not yet been decided but are likely to increase each year in line with inflation, subject to government regulations. The inflation rate used will be RPIX, which includes all the items in the Retail Price Index, excluding mortgage payments. For your information, the inflation rate used by the Government when increasing the tuition fee from £9,000 to £9,250 was 2.8%. Fees for international students can be found on the individual course pages. For further information about fees and funding please see the following page of the University website:
English at University of Leicester - UCAS