Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

This is an innovative, flexible and sophisticated degree from the University of London, internationally recognized for academic excellence. The course offers an exceptional range of core courses and options, taught by leading specialists. You explore world literature as well as film and the visual arts from a broad, cross'cultural perspective. 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. You will develop your passion for culture, your global awareness, and your own critical perspectives. You will expand your cultural horizons, and develop skills of comparative analysis which can be applied to countless other areas.

Course Modules

Comparative Literature and Culture Year 1: reading European film 1; introduction to comparative textual analysis; a special theme in European culture: the city; introduction to literary genre (tragedy). Year 2: histories of representation; critical and comparative approaches. Optional courses: reading European film 2; a special theme in the novel (transgressions); introduction to 19th' and 20th'century European poetry; gender and clothing in 20th'century literature and culture. Year 3: from aestheticism to the avant'garde; the gothic mode in Spanish and English fiction; trends in contemporary theory; fantasy in medieval and early'modern Europe; transnational cinema; range of optional units. 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.

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
  • Irish Leaving Certificates ABBBCC
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • Course specific
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher AABBB

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84% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 83%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 92%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 53%

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

95% Go on to work and/or study

In work 75
Studying 15
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 5
Unknown 5

12% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 35%

Total Coursework: 62%

Total Practical: 3%

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

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