University of Kent

Degree level: Undergraduate

English Literature

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Course summary

Study English Literature to develop your creative thinking, analytical, written and oral communication skills. On this degree you explore how books empower us to tell our own story, and find out how literature helps us understand and transform our world. Choose English Literature at Kent because: • our degree harnesses your creativity and passion, giving you transferable skills that are invaluable in the graduate job market • an English degree can lead to a wide range of careers including journalism, broadcasting, teaching, marketing, publishing and writing • our graduates include Booker Prize-shortlisted David Mitchell and Sarah Waters, and Booker Prize-winner Kazuo Ishiguro • you can enjoy Canterbury’s rich literary heritage while exploring texts from a range of periods, cultures and genres • you learn alongside award-winning creative writers and leading international researchers. English at Kent was ranked 1st for research intensity in The Complete University Guide 2022. On this degree course you study the major forms of literature (poetry, drama and fiction), core concepts in critical theory, and writing and research skills. Your final year project can be a dissertation, critical edition, online exhibition, mobile application, performance or a piece of creative writing. You can also take a number of specialist modules where you further explore your personal literary interests.

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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)

Direct entry into Year 2 of this programme is considered on a case by case basis.

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Qualification requirements

English language requirements

Applicants should have grade C or 4 in English Language GCSE or a suitable equivalent level qualification.

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