King's College London

Course Introduction

Studying English at King’s you will encounter literature that stretches back through the centuries and reaches out across the globe. We pride ourselves on the range and diversity of the modules we offer, from medieval literature to contemporary poetry and creative writing. We also employ diverse approaches, combining contemporary literary theory, close textual examination and historical scholarship. Our aim is to offer open and imaginative approaches to classic English texts together with newer and less familiar developments in the discipline.

The Department has an international reputation for the quality of its scholarship and all members of staff are actively involved in research. We aim to connect research and teaching, both in the classroom and at the many extra research seminars, poetry readings and literary events we offer.


Our effective personal tutor system means you will benefit from individual attention. All modules involve seminars, and on a typical module your time will be divided equally between these and more formal lectures.


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examination.


London is a city of words and images. We are fortunate to be located at the heart of its arts and media district, and close to historic literary locations, offering exciting possibilities for the study of film, theatre, literature and other art-forms. Within 20 minutes’ walk of the Department of English at King’s Strand Campus are Shakespeare’s Globe and the site of the Tabard Inn, where Chaucer’s pilgrims started out on their journey. Even closer at hand are the Inns of Court, Covent Garden, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane (London’s oldest working theatre) and countless other sites and buildings with literary associations. Just across Waterloo Bridge is the South Bank arts complex, including the IMAX Cinema, as well as the new BFI Southbank (three screens), which contains the BFI Mediatheque, a studio cinema, and a gallery among other facilities.

Special notes

All students are offered the opportunity to study abroad – in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and other locations – during the second year of their English degree at King’s. Recent popular destinations include the University of California, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of Toronto, Humbolt University, Berlin, and the University of Hong Kong.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skillPTE Academic69 overall with a minimum of 62 in each skillTOEFL (iBT)100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23 in each of the other skillsCambridge English Advanced185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skillCambridge English Proficiency185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skillTrinity ISELevel III (ISEIII) with merit in each skillInstitution's Own TestPass the King's Pre-Sessional English Language Programme with Band 7