Kent’s School of English is a large, energetic and pioneering department. Our staff include published poets and novelists, world-renowned scholars and innovative digital practitioners. You will be taught by a wide range of lecturers who use a wide range of approaches, and will therefore encounter new texts, authors and ideas throughout your degree.
In English at Kent we want to help you to make your future, so our degree is project-based. Along with research essays, we will give you the confidence to learn how to produce films, audio recordings, learning journals or other creative outputs as part of your degree. Through such projects, you will demonstrate what you have learned, acquire a range of skills, and gradually assemble a portfolio you can take with you when you graduate.
To ensure you receive the individual attention and mentoring required, we keep our class sizes small and offer you additional training through events like Summer Schools and Arts Festivals.
Our degree programme
In your first year, you will take core modules covering the major forms of literature (poetry, drama and fiction), core concepts in critical theory, and writing and research skills. You will also take a range of option modules where you can explore how literature addresses crucial issues such as the environment, power and protest, the social impacts of technology or contemporary feminism.
Instead of exams, your first year will conclude with a program of short courses, workshops and exhibitions during the summer term, where you can pick up essential job skills, intern on research projects in the School, or taste areas of literature you missed in your main modules.
In second year, you will select from a range of core modules covering all the major areas of literary history from the 1300s to the present. This year, you will also decide what you would like to do as your project in your final year, which may take any form: from a dissertation or critical edition to an online exhibition, mobile application, performance, or a piece of creative writing—and more. You will receive additional assistance to refine your proposal during the summer program.
In third year, as well as completing your project, you will take a number of specialist modules that take you deep into cutting-edge areas of literary research. Your degree will culminate in an Arts Festival and Summer School, where you may have the opportunity to exhibit your work to the public and potential employers.
You have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities between the second and final year. We have exciting exchange links with universities in Canada, China (Hong Kong), Singapore, South Africa, South Korea and the USA, as well as many European destinations.
The placement year provides the opportunity for you to gain experience in the workplace as part of your degree. The placement can be either paid work or an internship. It gives you the opportunity to increase your networks and contacts so that you can hit the ground running when you graduate.
If taken, the year is assessed on a pass/fail basis through employer feedback and a written report that you submit.
Tuition fees for the placement year are greatly reduced and some employers may offer expenses or a salary.
There are many benefits to taking a placement year; it gives you the chance to gain some knowledge of the work environment. acquire new skills and develop your confidence.
There are a variety of literary activities at Kent. Students in the School of English publish a magazine of their creative writing, poetry and prose. There are also a number of student-run societies with a literary theme. In previous years these have included the:
Creative Writing Society T24 Drama Society Poetry Society Literature Society.
The student newspaper, InQuire, is run by the student union and gives you the opportunity to develop your writing skills and to gain valuable work experience in journalism.
The School of English runs research seminars, workshops and social events, as well as a successful creative writing series of readings, where well-known writers and publishers share their experiences and skills. Previous guests include:
Iain Sinclair Patience Agbabi Terry Eagleton.
All our students receive free membership to the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in central London, giving you access to the ICA’s facilities and a small number of internships.
Teaching and assessment can vary between modules. All modules are taught by weekly seminars. In addition to seminars, the majority of literature modules also include a weekly lecture.
Assessment across all Stages is by a varied and exciting range of coursework only. There are no exams in modules from the School of English. Some modules may include an optional practical element. Assessment at Stage 3 may also include an optional Dissertation or final project.
Attendance at seminars is required, and for the majority of modules, you are assessed on your seminar contribution/performance.
Knowledge and understanding