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Year of Entry 2020/21
BA (Honours)

English Literature

Full-time English

Foster your love of reading by studying an exciting range of classic and contemporary literatures. Shape the world around you through critical thinking and writing.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,650 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? Q320
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Explore literature from around the world, and hear a range of voices and experiences.
  • Discover different periods from the Renaissance to the present day.
  • Study the issues and topics that interest you.
  • Develop your professional profile, teaming up with industry partners on live briefs and placements.

Studying English Literature will give you a fresh perspective on the world. This course offers new approaches to reading, analysis and writing. It will provide opportunities to use your skills in a range of settings and maximise your potential.

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Watch student Armani Nasser talk about what it's like to study this course.

How you learn

Watch lecturer Dr Harriet Earle talk about our English courses

A course in English Literature develops your critical thinking and creative problem solving. It also requires that you be attentive to the world around you — ready to listen, participate, and respond with compassion and understanding.

You will become an active part of a welcoming academic community that values your experience, perspective and contribution.

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to think critically about English Literature, position yourself in relation to existing debates, and engage with the world.

You’ll customise your learning journey through specialist workshops, lectures, seminars, live brief projects, and tutorials.

You learn through

  • an innovative range of assessments
  • small and large-group sessions
  • creative problem solving
  • critical reflection
  • relationships with cutting-edge researchers and professionals

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Course leaders and tutors

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Annaliese Connolly
Senior Lecturer

My main research interests are in early modern literature and culture - Shakespeare, the literature of the 'long 1590s' and the relationship between the theatre and … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements and live projects

On this course, you will team up with a wide range of industry, charity, and community partners. You’ll work independently and in diverse teams at each stage of your study, bringing your ideas to life in response to real briefs.

In your second year, you’ll curate and build your professional profile by taking a placement in collaboration with one of our partners. This placement will help you to publicise your work, and connect with audiences.

Students have taken opportunities to contribute to

  • developing materials and resources with children’s literacy charities in Sheffield
  • working with local schools
  • creative industries including publishing, event design, and public relations;
  • independently generated business ideas

Field trips

We run regular field trips at no additional cost such as writing retreats, festival and theatre visits (local, regional, and national), as well as international trips. This year our students visited London Book Fair, Montreal, Canada, and Zagreb, Croatia and participated in Festival of Debate, Doc/Fest and Off the Shelf festivals.

Networking opportunities

We work with nationally and internationally renowned festivals such as Off the Shelf and Doc/Fest, and bring literary agents, publishers, and high-profile writers to Sheffield to work with our students. You’ll take part in networking, masterclass events, and literary salons, and get a head start into the writing and publishing industries.

You’ll also have the opportunity to work with world-leading researchers. We have a strong alumni network and will encourage you to connect with a variety of external partners to better understand career and professional opportunities open to you.

Studying Abroad

You will have the opportunity to experience another learning culture by studying abroad for a semester. We have connections with a wide variety of institutions across the world, including universities in Europe, North America, and Australia.


There are a range of prizes that recognize student achievement and outstanding contributions to university life. The Hallam Award, for example, recognises students’ exceptional participation in university life, involvement in the Students’ Union, and representation of their peer-groups.

Future careers

Our students have gone on to exciting careers in

  • the creative industries
  • marketing, communications and media
  • local and regional government
  • the charity sector
  • education
  • social work

Our students also often choose to undertake further exploration in their chosen field, pursuing post-graduate qualifications.

In addition to the University career service, you’ll have a dedicated careers and employability adviser to provide tailored guidance on your career options, job applications, and interview preparation.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

As a student in the Department of Humanities, you'll benefit from

  • co-working spaces with flexible desks, large screens, laptop library, comfy seating, and a shared kitchen
  • a specialist cinema equipped with state-of-the-art 4K digital projection and twin 35mm film projectors
  • our learning centre holds an extensive collection of subject-specific books, journals, and databases
  • a Skills Centre offering specialist advice to hone essential skills and provide feedback on your academic writing

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.


  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits from level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff.

We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

The evidence that you provide in your personal statement and references will influence whether you shortlisted, so please take the time to plan and complete your application form.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Epic Transformations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Literature Of War And Peace Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Reading Communities Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Space, Place And Identity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing Yourself: Theory, Practice And Creativity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Film Narrative Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Crossing Over: Power, Death And Desire Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: English In The World Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Literature Of The Eighteenth Century And Romantic Period Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Shakespearean Drama Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Adapting For The Screen Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Literary Theory And Philosophy Of Literature Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: London: Literary And Historical Perspectives 1728-1914 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Gothic Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing For Children Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Literature Dissertation Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Censorship, Conflict And Scandal Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Contemporary Fiction Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Exploring English Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: In Darkest England: Fiction At Work Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Pirates, Knights And Aliens: Insiders And Outsiders In Renaissance England Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Representing Modernity 1900-2000: Modernism, Realism, Postmodernism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Work-Based Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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