Undergraduate BA (Hons)

English Literature

Learn to write about, discuss and investigate the history and culture of English.

English Literature

Course Overview

  • UCAS code

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    3 Years
  • Start date

    16 Sep 2024

Explore the world of literature, Shakespeare's stage to the digital page.

As part of your course, you’ll:

  • Study poems, plays and prose narratives in their historical and cultural contexts
  • Discuss and debate the different ways texts can be interpreted
  • Embrace a wide range of theoretical approaches
  • Cover a diverse range of texts, from the literatures of Romanticism through to the contemporary, and British and American Literature of the twentieth century to the postcolonial literatures of the Caribbean, India, Pakistan, South Africa, and Australia
  • Work directly with leading literary researchers to develop your own creative and critical voice

You’ll graduate with highly valued transferable skills in writing, research and critical thinking. 

You’ll benefit from:

  • Inspired teaching
  • Intellectual debate
  • Interaction with award-winning authors and playwrights
  • A rolling programme of visiting media industry professionals, including published lecturers and world-renowned researchers

Heart of culture
Leeds is the Northern heart of culture and the arts. Your campus sits in the very centre of the city, surrounded by museums, art galleries, theatres, film production companies and recording studios. We work directly with Leeds museums and galleries and many regional events, including the Ilkley Literature Festival and the Leeds West Indian Carnival. 

Industry links
Our location has enabled us to develop relationships with employers and cultural industries in the city and across the region. Past students have completed placements in the editorial team at Hallmark Studios and with Peepal Tree Press, an internationally-renowned publisher based in the city.

Check out our twitter feed @BeckettEnglish for up-to-date information on staff and student events, short courses and fun happenings around the school.

Why study English Literature at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. 100% of students on BA (Hons) English Literature were positive about the way teaching staff explain things*
  2. 100% of graduates in work or further study 15 months after graduation**
  3. Strong and meaningful partnerships with community organisations
  4. Applied humanities practical module option
  5. Work with practising writers and active researchers
  6. Guest lectures delivered by industry professionals

*National Student Survey 2023

**Percentage of respondents from this course, HESA Graduate Outcomes 20-21