English Literature at Swansea University - UCAS

Course summary

Explore over a thousand years of literature from the early Medieval period to the present day, while also delving into some provocative questions that writing can unveil around gender, culture and more. This three-year course covers both national and global literature including Renaissance and Gothic genres, 19th century literature and contemporary fiction. You can also select modules around creative and professional writing. Swansea is the birthplace of Dylan Thomas, widely regarded by many literary scholars as one of the twentieth century's most influential lyrical poets, and amongst the finest of all time. The university’s links to the legacy of Dylan Thomas remain with our annual Dylan Thomas Prize for Literature and through research carried out in our Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales (CREW). Throughout this course you will also have the opportunity to get involved in projects with the Dylan Thomas Centre and the National Theatre Wales. Set in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the breathtaking Gower Peninsula, the university's location provides an excellent place to study. Students can enjoy both a thriving city and beautiful beaches and coastlines. Outside of their studies, our students benefit from our lively English Student Society, which organises a range of literary, social and cultural events. Our degree programmes aim to support students prepare for their future world of work. You will access support and guidance through the university’s Careers Service and Work Placement Team and all students have access to events, workshops and employer talks, including an annual conference for students in June to support final year students with the transition into employment or further study. On this degree programme, you can further enhance your student experience with the option to study abroad for a semester in countries such as Hong Kong, China, Singapore, North America or Canada. English Literature at Swansea is ranked top 10 for Overall Satisfaction (NSS 2022) and top 20 in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2023). Graduates go on to enter careers in a wide range of sectors including education, marketing, social media and project administration. Please visit our course page for more information. https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/culture-communication/english-literature-creative-writing/ba-english-literature/


Your first year will include a mixture of compulsory and optional modules, with examples of compulsory modules from recent years including: • Monsters, Theories, Transformations • English Essentials • The Stage Play World Your second and third years will comprise entirely optional modules from a large range of subject areas. Examples of optional modules in recent years have included: • Contentious Shakespeare • Revolution of the Word: Modernism • Introduction to Writing Poetry • Welsh Gothic / Gothic Wales • Other Tongues: Multilingualism in English Language Literature Your final year will include an optional independent dissertation project. For the full programme structure and module breakdown, please visit our webpage at https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/culture-communication

Assessment method

We offer a variety of assessment methods within our programmes. In addition to traditional examinations and essays, examples of alternative assessment include: • Presentations • Group Work • Original Writing Throughout your undergraduate English Literature degree, you will develop excellent research and analytical skills and learn to present your ideas effectively both verbally and in writing. For full breakdown of course structure and assessment please visit our course page https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/culture-communication/english-literature-creative-writing/ba-english-literature/ or get in touch with us at [email protected]

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If you are an international applicant please visit our international pages for more information and details on how to apply: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in each component.

English Language Requirements at Swansea University


Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

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English Literature at Swansea University - UCAS