Why study English at Warwick?
- At the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies you will be learning from experts at the forefront of their fields. A unique focus on Shakespeare draws on our proximity to the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. Other research strengths include renaissance literature, eighteenth century studies, American literature, women’s writing, world and comparative literature, post-colonial literature, creative writing, poetry and poetics, drama and performance, literary and cultural theory.
- Guided choices and pathways in the second and third years reflect new developments in English Studies and staff research, and offer you excellent coverage of periods, genres, literary movements and theoretical approaches. This means you can tailor your degree to your own areas of academic interest.
- We are the base for the Warwick Writing Programme, recently judged best in the UK, which is home to internationally known writers including A.L. Kennedy, David Vann, David Morley and Sarah Moss.
Dr Paul Prescott
English and Comparative Literature
Why study at Warwick
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
This flexible course offers a firm grounding in English Literature, from the Middle Ages to the present, while our unique pathway structure enables you to pursue specialist areas of literary studies to suit your academic interests. You will be taught by a diverse and international cohort of renowned scholars and will benefit from innovative teaching and assessment methods, with many opportunities for practical workshops and creative projects. Our graduates leave with the ability to understand and critically analyse a wide range of texts, and to present persuasive and coherent written and oral arguments. You will also develop a strong capacity for independent thought, judgement and creativity, giving you a distinct advantage in the workplace.
In your first year you will study modern literature and literary theory in Modes of Reading; Chaucer, Medieval romance and drama, Sidney, Spenser and Shakespeare in Medieval to Renaissance Literature; traditional epics and novels from different cultures in Epic into Novel; and literature from 1790 to the present in Modern World Literature. Pathways in the second and third years provide you with flexible but coherent learning, focusing on English Literature, North American Literature, World and Comparative Literature or Literary and Cultural Theory. Modules offered include: Shakespeare and Selected Contemporary Dramatists, Romantic to Victorian Poetry, Nineteenth and Twentieth century American Literature, European Novel, European Theatre, Postcolonial Literature and modules on women’s writing, contemporary literature and literary and cultural theory. You are encouraged to take up a language and to study modules in other departments. The many options within these four pathways, which reflect our staff’s research expertise, allow you to focus on areas that stimulate you and play to your strengths.
How will I learn?
You will experience small-group teaching – the traditional weekly seminar – and central lectures on core modules. You will also encounter Warwick’s uniquely developed ‘open space learning’, which uses performance-based and creative techniques to transform your learning experience.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment combines the traditional (essays and written examinations) with the innovative (creative projects, portfolios and performance). For example, in our Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of His Time module, student creative work has recently included film and radio adaptations, musical compositions, painting, sculpture and photography inspired by Shakespeare’s texts.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level AAA, to include A at A level in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature.
International Baccalaureate 38 points, including 6 in Higher Level English.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Advanced or Higher level qualifications in English Literature. A level English Language is acceptable in addition to English Literature, but is not normally acceptable as a substitute. Combined A level English Language/Literature is acceptable, provided that you show evidence of wider reading in literature in your personal statement.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed, but competition is likely to be intense.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Open Days All applicants who receive an offer are invited to a Departmental Open Day, held during the spring term. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules can I study?
You'll take four compulsory modules in the first year which will introduce you to the different genres and approaches to studying English Literature: The Epic Tradition; Modes of Reading; Medieval to Renaissance English Literature and Modern World Literatures or a modern language.
At the end of your first year, you'll choose to follow one of four ‘pathways’ depending on your own interests:
- English Pathway
- North American Pathway
- Theory Pathway
- World and Comparative Literature Pathway
Each pathway has three types of module:
- Core or pathway approved modules – these will give you a thorough grounding in your chosen pathway.
- Distributional requirement modules – these will expose you to broader subjects outside your chosen pathway.
- Optional modules – you’ll be able to choose from any undergraduate modules in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies or from modules outside the department (for example, a module from Film and Television Studies, Classics and Ancient History or Modern Languages).
This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department website for more detailed information.
What careers can an English degree from Warwick lead to?
An English degree from Warwick will equip you with a broad set of skills – writing, argumentation, critical analysis and debate, independence of thought and creativity – that are highly valued in many employment sectors.
Some of our recent graduate destinations include Learning and Development Co-ordinator, CBRE; Students and Community Engagement Campaigner, Oxfam; Commission Assistant, Oxford University Press; Communications Internship, Institute of Economic Affairs; Equality and Diversity Policy Manager, Department for Work and Pensions.
Many graduates also join our large and thriving postgraduate community.
A level: AAA to include A at A level in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature.
IB: 38 points including 6 in Higher Level English.
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of English and Comaparative Literary Studies
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.