English Literature

Kingston University

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

TEF Bronze

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Why choose this course? – This course received more than 94 per cent overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2018). – With central London so close, there are visits to the Globe Theatre, Science Museum, Royal Opera House and Victoria and Albert Museum. – You’ll join a dynamic and active community, which includes the Writers’ Centre Kingston and Cultural Histories at Kingston. Weekly events and readings are from renowned academics and writers, such as Hanif Kureishi and Paul Bailey. About this course This course covers major genres and periods of literature, and gives you opportunities to specialise in key periods and special topics. You’ll study classic literature while exploring how London has been represented. Through studies of world literature, you’ll consider issues of gender, sexuality, class, race and selfhood. You’ll be introduced to literary theory, studying Marxism, feminism and psychoanalysis in relation to a range of classic texts. This will enable you to look at how literature has driven political thinking, dissent and transgression. You can choose to focus on issues of diversity, identity, protest, political writing, and experimental literature. You’ll develop independent research skills and complete a dissertation on a subject of your choice (with support and supervision from us).

Course details


Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Year 1

  • Reading London
  • Race, Nation, Identity
  • From Prospero to Potter: Reading Through Theory
  • Writing that Works
Year 2
  • Independent Research Studies
  • Deadly Desires/Dangerous Discourse: Gothic Literature and Theory
Optional modules, including:
  • Being Human: Self, Subject, Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Culture
  • Selfhood and Nation: Life and Literature in an Age of Imperial Expansion, 1660-1830
  • Sex and the City: From Victorian Metropolis to Modernist Wasteland
  • Transforming Realities: Innovation and Social Change in Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature
Year 3
  • Dissertation
  • Radical Writers
Optional modules, including:
  • Children's Literature for Adult Readers
  • Special Author
  • American Countercultures
  • Imagined Places/Spaces: Humans, Animals, Monsters, Cyborgs
  • Black British and Asian Writing
  • Making Shakespeare: Text, Performance, Adaptation
- Gender and Sexuality

Assessment method

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation).

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeQ300
Institution code K84
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level Two A-levels required. A-level: English Lit. / English Lit. & Lang., or similar, grade B (40 points) required. General Studies/Native Language accepted when 1 of 3 A-levels or equivalent.

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English language requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change as we are awaiting the Office For Student Guidance on Fee levels for 2020 and beyond. For foundation year and international fees, please visit: https://www.kingston.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/fees/ Please visit the provider course webpage for further information regarding additional course costs
English Literature at Kingston University - UCAS