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 structure gives you both a strong background and scope to choose your favourites for further study. You can combine your study of English literature with drama, creative writing, philosophy or a range of other disciplines.

Course Modules

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
  • 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 87%
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 85%

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

87% Go on to work and/or study

In work 54
Studying 29
Studying and working 4
Unemployed 7
Unknown 6

14% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 39%

Total Coursework: 61%

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

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