Change the way you see the world by exploring new experiences and ideas.
- Study a wide range of historical periods from Early Modern drama to Postmodern poetry.
- Exciting and challenging modules that explore the ways writers experiment with philosophical and political ideas.
- Explore new ways of reading and thinking about this strange thing called literature.
Our English Literature programme is large and varied, offering you plenty of choice. We balance the study of canonical writers - Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Bronte - with texts and writers who may be less familiar to you.
Options range from modules on specific authors (such as Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf), to topic-based subjects (Writing and the Environment, Post-Colonial Literatures), period-based study (Gender and Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Romanticism) and popular genres (Gothic Origins and Innovations, Crime Fiction). We'll encourage you to explore diverse areas of literature and to investigate issues that matter to you in your final year project.
You could study English Literature alongside another subject as part of a combined course.
'I chose Bath Spa University because it felt like the perfect university. Everyone is friendly, helpful, and loves what they do. It's a great atmosphere to grow academically and as a person.'
Santino Prinzi, English Literature and Creative Writing graduate
What you'll learn
You'll study a broad and diverse range of intellectually stimulating modules. You'll benefit from the fact that English modules reflect our tutors' areas of research specialism.
Each year has a core module, as well as a large selection of optional modules from which you can choose. These modules are organised around a number of key strands running through the programme - Transnational English Literature; Medical Humanities; and Digital Humanities - but you can choose to study any of the available modules and develop your own literary interests.
In your third year you can undertake independent study on a dissertation or project, focusing on an area of your own specific interest.
How will I be assessed?
Most modules use essays with other forms of coursework such as journals, portfolios and short critical pieces, projects and dissertations, or special assignments such as seminar presentations, collaborative magazines, and web-based essays. Some modules include seen and unseen exams. Second and final year grades contribute towards your final degree award.
How will I be taught?
English modules are taught via seminars, lectures, individual tutorials, and IT workshops.
All English students have the opportunity to apply for an Erasmus placement which allows them to study for one or more terms in their second or third year of study. We also have links with partner institutions in the USA and Australia.
We are keen to bring literature to life, and the course features optional modules that include field trips to London, Oxford, Krakow and Auschwitz, and Berlin, among others. Our students have also won places on summer schools in Beijing and Monterrey.
In your second year you'll benefit from our innovative and institutionally recognised programme of personal development. Employability skills are built into the curriculum and you'll also have access to our distinctive digital facilities in publishing and broadcast media.
You'll graduate with transferable skills to engage critically and creatively with a full range of possible careers. Our English Literature graduates are very popular with employers.
Many of our graduates pursue careers in publishing or teaching. Organisations including New Scientist, Trinity College Library, DigitalBox and Cengage Learning EMEA have employed our graduates. Graduate professions include:
- Editorial Assistant
- Publishing Outreach Executive
- Content Writer
- Campaigns Officer
Some graduates choose to progress onto postgraduate study.
Competitions and awards
There are annual prizes for the best overall performance in both core modules in Years 1 and 2, and a very special prize for the best final year English Project.
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
The English Literature programme is taught at Newton Park campus, with most classes taking place in the state-of-the-art Commons building.
You'll have access to excellent facilities such as our:
We have a wide range of high-quality online resources to complement the books and journals you have access to in our library, as well as digital publishing facilities, printing presses, and industry-standard broadcast media facilities.