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BA (Hons) English Literature

We are enthusiastic about literature and passionate about helping you achieve your full potential.

This degree offers you an excellent grounding in a comprehensive range of texts and allows you to follow your enthusiasms, particularly when you choose your own topic for your dissertation.

We also offer a distinctive experience of working alongside academic critics, literary theorists and practising writers.

This ensures that you’ll gain a breadth of insight into literature, language and your own academic writing.

We also host and run The Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy as well as Thresholds, the International Short Story Forum.

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Course Length:

3 Years Full Time

Entry requirements 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / E.P. / BTEC): 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points including English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature, Creative Writing or Drama at grade B or C.

Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 12 level 3 credits worth of English units at Merit

International Baccalaureate: 28 points with English Higher at 4.

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Postgraduate Pathways

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters. 

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Student view

Rosie Mussen
English Literature
Being at a smaller university is something I love, my favourite thing about studying here is how individually recognised you are by the English lecturers. It's always easy to organise a meeting with them and have a quick chat about how you're doing on the course.

Course content

In the first year you will study Victorian, Modern, and Contemporary Literatures that will allow you to read both canonical writers, and brilliant but less well-known figures. You will also be introduced to the fascinating and fast-changing world of Literary Theory. Your first year experience will also engage with a combination of writers you have enjoyed previously, and you will also be able to choose from modules in other areas including Language, Creative Writing, and Drama.

In your second year, you will study a core set of modules on Literary History, taking you from the Renaissance to the Romantics. In addition to this, you will extend your understanding of key issues in contemporary literature and theory by studying Women’s Writing and Post-Colonialist Writing. Opportunities will also develop for students from three internationally recognised research groups covering: Eighteenth century life and letters; Fantasy and Folklore writing; and the fiction of Iris Murdoch.

In your third year you will be able to specialize further on:

  • American literature and culture
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Graphic narrative, comics and graphic novels
  • Psychoanalysis and Culture
  • Fantasy Literature
  • Literature for Children
  • European Urban Fiction
  • Literature and Environment
  • Women’s Writing of the Romantic Era
  • Shakespeare: Text and Theory
  • Renaissance Drama: Text and Context


The University has a burgeoning writing culture, from regular book launches to conferences and events with creative writers. Some renowned authors to have visited the University in recent years include:

o   Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy

o   Matthew Sweeney

o   Helen Dunmore

o   Jo Shapcott

o   Sarah Hall

o   Bernardine Evaristo

o   Vicki Feaver

We are also proud to announce that best-selling historical novelist Kate Mosse is the holder of an honorary degree from the University of Chichester.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Learning Resource Centre is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

There are a number of postgraduate pathways including the MA English Literature

We want you to become an independent, self-motivated writer, critic and thinker. We will help you to understand the relationship between literature and the period in which it is written, to examine the form and style of literary works, to interrogate how language is used in politics, the media and the internet, and to engage with literary thinkers and theorists who have opened up important philosophical and political questions. We’ll teach you how to get to grips with complex volumes of information in short timeframes – in the process you will definitely improve your IT and word processing skills as well!

English Literature is a sought-after and well recognized degree in the job market. Our graduates go on to a wide variety of careers including:

  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Personnel Work
  • Publishing
  • Gallery Work
  • Charity Management
  • Event Management
  • Tourism
  • Librarianship,
  • Social Work
  • Local Authority Employment
  • IT

Some also study further in such areas as English Literature, Archival Studies and Law. Graduates from Chichester have improved communication skills, confidence and cultural knowledge that make them attractive to prospective employers.

Work placements

We encourage our students to get culturally involved and gain experience, whether it is as a student blogger, with student societies, with local heritage projects or with our own vibrant research culture.

The Work Placement module allows you to work as, for example, a journalist or within a publishing environment, then to reflect critically upon the experience. Our Professional Writing module equips you with the skills needed to write in a whole range of professional modes. We also hope you’ll take advantage of careers advice available in the University, which is the home of ‘Graduate On’, designed to make the transition to graduate employment easier.

Indicative modules

Year One:

  • Activating the Imagination: Poetry
  • Victorian Literature: Re-imaging Literature
  • Strategies for Reading: Thinking about Contemporary Writing in the Twenty First Century
  • Activating the Imagination: Prose
  • Modernism to the Contemporary: The Literature of the Last 100 Years
  • Critical Perspectives: Reading Twentieth and Twenty First Century Literature
  • Introduction to American Literature
  • European Literature

Year Two:

  • Reading Women's Writings
  • Renaissance to Restoration
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Language into Literature
  • Postcolonial Readings
  • The Restoration to the Romantics
  • Genre: Prose Fiction: Fantasy, Detective, Espionage, Horror and Science Fiction

Year Three:

  • Dissertation on a writer or theme of your choice
  • American literature and culture
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Graphic narrative, comics and graphic novels
  • Psychoanalysis and Culture
  • Fantasy Literature
  • Literature for Children
  • Victorian Women’s Writing
  • Literature and Environment
  • Women’s Writing of the Romantic Era
  • Shakespeare: Text and Theory
  • Renaissance Drama: Text and Context

Teaching and assessment

The key to an English Literature degree is communication, and at Chichester we focus on your abilities in written and spoken expression.

The range of assessments includes: essays; textual analysis; commentary; collaborative project work; portfolio; examinations; dissertation and manuscript work.

Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. Your academic advisor and lecturers are available for advice throughout your degree. 

Additional Costs

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Additional costs

As a University of Chichester student you will be provided with many things to support you but there may be additional costs which you may encounter whilst studying. The information below will help you understand our provision and what else you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services:

• A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service;

• The general Library services are free for students and our e-resources are available wherever you are. However, you may become liable for fines if you don't return items on time;

• Open access IT spaces, wi-fi across the campuses and in the halls of residence, AV equipment to borrow;

• Access to support from our Careers Service;

• Disability and additional learning support;

• The Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills;

• 24 hours a day security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you may need to consider:

• Accommodation and living costs;

• Text books (but do remember that our library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge);

• General stationery and other supplies such as presentation materials;

• Photocopying and printing (note: a hard copy of each assessment to be submitted is required);

• The library is charged for the Inter Library Loans service - we pass this cost on directly to our customers;

• Travel to, from and between campuses (note that the U7 and Number 50 bus services offer a subsided travel rate); 

• Gym membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the Sport webpages;

• Dance / Theatre passes – these provide discounted entry to a range of performances;

• Field Trips / Educational Visits – these are optional and do not have to be undertaken to complete the programme. Students make a contribution towards the cost (e.g. travel, sometimes accommodation);

• If you require a Diagnostic Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty such as Dyslexia, the University may be able to assist you arrange this. You will be required to pay for this assessment, although some financial assistance may be possible from the University Hardship Fund. Further information is available from the Disability and Dyslexia Service. For more information, please click here

• Graduation: It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Graduands must wear academic dress. Academic dress, guest tickets and photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Financial help available from the University

We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at Chichester. Our Finance pages provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.