Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

The course units are taught by nationally and internationally known scholars who are specialists in their fields. You will gain a solid knowledge of the whole range of English literature from its beginnings to its latest developments, ranging from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Conrad, James Joyce and Salman Rushdie. You will have the opportunity to study unusual, non'traditional subjects such as the body in the 18th century, time in modern literature and adaptations of Shakespeare. The School of Modern Languages offers excellent quality equipment and dedicated language learning facilities. You will spend a year abroad and can choose to study at university, be a teaching assistant or go on a work placement. We have strong links with major universities in metropolitan France as well as Belgium, Switzerland and La Reunion.

Course Modules

English Year 1: introduction to medieval literature; Shakespeare; inventing the novel; introducing English poetry. Year 2: renaissance literature; Victorian literature; romanticisms; debates in contemporary and literary theory; modernism; medieval drama; medieval dream and vision; intensive Shakespeare (comedy, history, tragedy); drama and witchcraft 1576'1642; theatre and the city 1590'1625; early modern bodies; paradise in early modern literature; gender and writing in the 18th century; fictions of sensation; aspects of Forster; creative writing structure and style; literature of the fin de si'cle; Tolkien's roots; dark reform (scandal and satire in American arts). Year 3 options: rewriting mythologies in 20th century literature ; violence, sex and magic in medieval literature; the girl in the book; contemporary fiction; African American literature; poetic practice; literature of Chicago; James Joyce (revolutions of the word); special author; dissertation; reading Beowulf; advanced Shakespeare (the problem plays); literatures of genocide and mass atrocity; Shakespeare adaptation (from the 17th'20th centuries); rites of passage; Odysseus' scar (time in modern literature and film); art of noise; a year in the life of Victorian fiction (1855); lives of writing; pastoral; visual and verbal in the long 19th century; the great American novella; creative writing special focus. French Year 1: perspectives on modern France (crisis, nation, identity); the visual image in French culture and society; heroes and anti'heroes in their social and cultural context; language, communication and society; landmarks (reading the classics of French literature). Year 2: cinema in France; writing romance and desire; French (the linguist's view); culture and ideology; stage and screen in France. Year 3: advanced French linguistics; Arthurian romance; gender and transgression in early'modern French literature; redefining the erotic in contemporary French literature and film; fictions of history (narrative, film and event in early modern France); image, identity and consumer culture in post'war fiction and film; text and image in France (from cubism to the present); ethics and violence (murder, suicide and genocide in literature and film); the libertines (narratives of experience in early modern France); the passion of place (desire and identity in modern Paris).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BA (Hons) £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher

Key Course Information

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85% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 81%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 88%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 75%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

85% Go on to work and/or study

In work 60
Studying 20
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 10
Unknown 5

18% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 39%

Total Coursework: 36%

Total Practical: 25%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation