Oxford Brookes University

Degree level: Undergraduate

English Literature

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Course summary

Would you like to explore what it means to be human? When you study English Literature at Oxford Brookes, you will immerse yourself in some of the biggest questions and ideas that have inspired writers for generations. From Shakespeare to contemporary literature, you'll examine key aspects of culture and society. You’ll gain a keen understanding of how writers have tackled some of the major issues facing human beings across the centuries. And, you’ll read some of the greatest works of literature, exploring issues such as

  • What identity means
  • Whether literature can change the world
  • What motivates us
Our expert teaching staff are active researchers and are widely published. This means we can offer modules that provide specialist pathways in:
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama
As you progress through your course, you can expect to build essential skills for future employment. You’ll develop your communication and critical thinking abilities. And, you’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement or entrepreneurial project.

Course details


In Year 1 you will study modules which foster the development of core skills for your degree. You may also take some modules outside the subject – and even learn a new language. Modules include Culture, Criticism and Literature, World Literature, Critical Theory, and Shakespeare. In Year 2 you will choose between core modules which broaden the knowledge and skills gained in Year 1. These include American Literature and Culture, The Literature of Space, The Novel and Modernity, and Culture, Crime and Transgression. You will also study a range of additional, optional modules allowing you to specialise in the areas of literary study that most interest you. Final year specialist optional modules offer intensive, small-group teaching in a particular area of literary study. These are designed to build on the work you have done in Year 2. In addition, you will choose either the Contemporary Literature (Synoptic) module or the Dissertation Module, working one-to-one with a specialist lecturer.

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall. Reading 6.0. Writing 6.0. Listening 5.5. Speaking 5.5.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £1155 Year 1
Northern Ireland £1155 Year 1
Scotland £1155 Year 1
Wales £1155 Year 1
Channel Islands £1155 Year 1
EU £1812.5* Module
International £1812.5* Module

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Please note tuition fees may increase in subsequent years for both new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to continue to set fees at the maximum level permitted for both new and returning Home students.
English Literature at Oxford Brookes University - UCAS