Undergraduate prospectus

English Literature, BA Hons

Our English Literature degree offers the chance to explore how literary texts in English have reflected, engaged with, and shaped the world.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • Study poetry, fiction and drama from different centuries and different continents to gain a comprehensive understanding of English literature
  • Engage with texts through extensive reading and consolidate your own responses by studying intellectual, theoretical and historical contexts
  • Literature is interpreted broadly to include drama and visual narratives as well as fiction and poetry
  • Students may also take optional modules from other disciplines such as creative writing, film studies, journalism and languages
  • Develop your writing, close-reading and research skills and learn to express your arguments coherently and persuasively - an invaluable asset in the workplace.

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

Q300 G BA/Eng


Literature, Language & Theatre



  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

English Literature is a BA Hons degree offered by the Department of Literature, Language and Theatre. It allows you to specialise in the study of poetry, the novel, film and theatre, while also incorporating courses from a variety of other subject pathways.

This programme emphasises the literature of the last two centuries, and English literature is interpreted broadly to include drama and visual narratives as well as fiction and poetry, visual art, film and theatre. The programme looks at the historical, social and cultural contexts in which texts are produced and received. Full advantage is taken of our culturally and historically rich location and proximity to central London. Visits to theatres, art galleries and museums are integral to many modules.

What you will study

You will be taught by an experienced team of academics, all of whom are published researchers specialising in a particular area of literary study. Trained postgraduate researchers may also contribute to seminar teaching.

How you will learn

In a typical week, you will receive 8-10 contact hours, which are split between lectures, seminars and individual or group tutorials. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in a smaller group setting. Your personal tutor will also be available in regular office hours. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.


The aims of the programme are:

  • To encourage you to think critically about the nature of English study in relation to their own intellectual and professional interests
  • To provide a grounding in English literature from the Renaissance to the present day while giving opportunities to study key aspects of the literature and cultural history of Europe and the Americas
  • To examine the connections between critical theory and the practice or performance of literature.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

Come visit us

You can find out a lot about a university online, but to really get a feel for what it's like to live and study here you should come and visit. Come take a look at our historic campuses in London and Kent.

Next Open Day coming soon

The best way to find out about student life at the University of Greenwich is to join one of our amazing Open Days. You get to look around the campus, view our student accommodation, and speak with staff and students to get your questions answered. Parents are very welcome too!

Come and see why Greenwich is the ideal university for you.

Can’t make it? Don’t worry!

We host events regularly, so there will be more opportunities to visit very soon.

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

104 UCAS points from A2 A-levels. 

You'll also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English and mathematics. 

We also accept alternative qualifications including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Highers 
  • Irish Highers.

General studies is not normally accepted. 

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition:

  • Candidates may be invited to an interview
  • We welcome applications from mature students.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Fees information International fees

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Additional information


Students are assessed through examinations and coursework: 

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Textual analyses
  • Critical reviews
  • Portfolios of creative writing
  • Course journals
  • Research projects 
  • Annotated bibliographies.


Career options include teaching, journalism, publishing, the media, and arts administration, as well as roles in central or local government, and social work. You may also go on to postgraduate study. Some of these career options may require further training.

Not quite what you were looking for?

We've got plenty of other courses for you to choose from. Browse our undergraduate prospectus or check our related courses below.

English at the University of Greenwich

Study English at Greenwich on a World Heritage Site with a rich cultural history. Take inspiration from London’s theatres, galleries, bookshops and literary events as part of your degree.