Undergraduate BA (Hons)

English Literature

Course Overview

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  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    3 Years
  • Start date

    20 Sep 2021

From Shakespeare's stage to the digital page. Explore the world of literature through the study of poems, plays and prose in their historical and cultural contexts.

Embrace a wide range of theoretical approaches and work directly with leading literary researchers to develop your own creative and critical voice.

Graduate with transferable skills in writing, research and critical thinking which are highly valued by employers.

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

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 38% of our research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent in the Communication, Culture and Media Studies, Library and Information Management unit.

We celebrate students and staff with a true passion for the Arts and Humanities.

Through inspired teaching and intellectual debate, plus day to day interaction with award-winning authors and playwrights, a rolling programme of media industry professionals, published lecturers and world-renowned researchers, we will nurture your passion by developing your creative and critical thinking.

Then we will open your mind to the wide range of opportunities to pursue a career you love, be it anything from writing and teaching, through journalism and copywriting, business and marketing, to research and publishing.

Leeds is the Northern heart of culture and the arts. Your campus sits in the very centre of the city,surrounded by over 18 museums, 10 art galleries, 17 theatres, 4 film production companies and 3 recording studios (plus the odd bar, restaurant and club!). We work directly with Leeds museums and galleries and many regional events, including the Ilkley Literature Festival and the Leeds West Indian Carnival.

Our research and teaching explore a diversity of topics, from South Africa under Apartheid to the cultural impact of the LGBTQ community and from on-line racism in football to 21st century genres. We're also very hands-on: from regular conferences, seminars and events organised by our Centre for Culture and the Arts, to collaborations with institutes and cultural organisations.

There are also opportunities to take part in Erasmus exchanges with universities in Spain, Hungary, France, Ireland and the Czech Republic.

A collaboration with multinational services network PwC granted our history and English students exclusive access to the companies archives to compile a unique collection of letters sent during WWI.

Why study English Literature at Leeds Beckett University...


  1. 100% of BA (Hons) English Literature students were satisfied with their course. (NSS 2020) 
  2. Strong and meaningful partnerships with community organisations
  3. Applied humanities practical module option
  4. Work with practising writers and active researchers
  5. Expert careers service
  6. Guest lectures delivered by industry professionals


BA (Hons) English Literature BA (Hons) English Literature student Victoria talks about her experiences at Leeds Beckett.

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