Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

From Beowulf to the Booker Prize, BA English offers you the opportunity to study the full historical range of literature in English as well as the latest developments in the field, and even to pursue your own creative writing.

On this course you can discover the earliest works in English, deepen your knowledge of Shakespeare, find out what is great about Renaissance literature, darken your view of the 18th century, and unpack the Victorians. You can study Modernism, Postmodernism and American literature, explore literary criticism, develop your own creative writing, and analyse the latest developments in global literatures in English.

Studying at one of the UK's most dynamic English departments will challenge you to develop your own critical and expressive faculties. The course's structure allows you to develop a sound understanding of key periods, genres, authors, and ideas as well as choosing from a huge range of options: Medieval Romance, Drama and Witchcraft, Sensation Fiction, World War I Poetry, Science Fiction, Children's Literature, African'American Literature, the Literature of Migration, Queer History and many more. In your third year you can write a dissertation on a specialist subject of your own choice.

Course units are taught by nationally and internationally known scholars who write prize'winning books, talk or write in the national media, or advise the Globe Theatre. This means the course covers the most up'to'date ideas, whether in creative writing, Victorian literature, Shakespearean studies or contemporary literature.

' 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 Virginia Woolf, James Joyce and Salman Rushdie.

' Study unusual, non'traditional subjects such as the body in the 18th century or time in modern literature or courses incorporating visual arts and cinema.

Course Modules

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £16,500 Overseas Fees