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. Classical Studies offers a wide range of options including classical archaeology and ancient philosophy as well as classical literature and ancient history. You will have the opportunity to study Latin and/or Greek at all levels; from beginner's to advanced.

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. Classical Studies Year 1: introduction to Greek literature; introduction to roman literature; introduction to ancient philosophy; Greek history and the city'state; roman history and society (the Julio'Claudians); the birth of Christian Europe; introduction to Greek archaeology; introduction to roman art; materials and methods in classical archaeology. Years 2 and 3: Homer; the tragedy of Euripides; Greek comedy; Herodotus; Plato; Cicero; Lucretius and Virgil; roman historiography; roman satire; Virgil; Ovid; Greek drama; studying ancient myth; ancient literary criticism; roman drama; Greek literature under the roman empire; culture and identity from Nero to Hadrian; gender in classical antiquity; Greek history to 322 bc; Greek law and law courts; Periclean Athens; Egypt in the roman empire; roman Britain; roman army; the city from Augustus to Charlemagne; the philosophy of Aristotle; the dialogues of Plato; stoics, epicureans and sceptics; logic and rhetoric; Neo'Platonism and Christianity; the built environment in classical antiquity; Greek and roman art in context; near eastern art and archaeology; archaeology of the black sea; Pompeii; Athens and Attica; the Greeks overseas; special topics; extended essay.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
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
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher

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90% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 85%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 91%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 86%

£19,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

88% Go on to work and/or study

In work 56
Studying 28
Studying and working 4
Unemployed 7
Unknown 6

15% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 64%

Total Coursework: 36%

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

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