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English Literature BA (Hons)

English Literature BA (Hons)

Studying English Literature at York St John University is about more than the study of great books. You will study great books, but you can also take modules in exciting areas such as children’s literature, creative writing, or horror fiction. What we try and encourage is the pleasure of reading and how to form critical responses to those pleasures. We want students to be informed, engaged and arguments to be substantiated and who have the ability to make a creative response.

You can study our English Literature programme as a Specialist degree and as part of a Joint Honours degree 

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Staff research and expertise informs many of our modules from American literature to science fiction. Tutors have published on contemporary fiction, women’s writing and modern poetry. Research interests include  Shakespeare and the Renaissance, the Gothic and our  published creative writers are respectively, a novelist and a poet.


The student experience is enhanced by the provision of opportunities to see and hear visiting writers. There is also a Writer in Residence in addition to the English Literature team themselves. Theatre visits form an integral part of modules such as The Study of Shakespeare, and there are visits to sites of literary and cultural significance such as Haworth or Shandy Hall.


We have developed working relationships with others, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. This has allowed us to offer work placements at all these levels in publishing for example. Our contacts with academic colleagues overseas allow us to offer students a range of  opportunities to study including Oslo, Bergen, Tarragona and New York state.