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St Mary's University

English Literature (with a Placement Year) BA (Hons)

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UCAS code



4 years

UCAS points

112 - 96

The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 - Top 10 for Student ExperienceThe Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 - Top 5 for Teaching Quality

Investigate identity, emotion, and society with our exciting English Literature degree

Trace connections between fiction and reality with our immersive English Literature degree. You will explore literature’s relationships with history, culture, and politics through various interdisciplinary perspectives. You will cover topics like:

  • gothic literature
  • London literature
  • underrepresented authors
  • unconventional literary forms
  • the ‘unconscious’
  • modernism
  • romanticism.

We offer a wide range of modules, so you can focus on whatever excites you.

A campus with vibrant literary history

Our English literature course emphasises relationships between writing and place. You will learn next to Strawberry Hill House, in which renowned gothic writer, Horace Walpole, designed and lived to inspire his work. As a result, your degree will be a fully immersive and geographically distinct learning experience.

Learn in the capital

We are only 30 minutes from central London. Therefore, you’ll have access to the capital’s diverse literature scene and world-renowned libraries. You can visit places like:

Expert teaching and support

We welcome you into a close-knit and academically stimulating community. We value your experience, needs, and ambitions, so you will learn through small groups and one-to-one tutoring with experts.

We rose 73 places for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide (2023).

About the Placement Year

A placement year enables you to undertake a year of experience in an organisation between your second and final year.

It will enable you to:

  • apply the knowledge and skills you gain from your course in a work setting
  • build your commercial awareness and insights into organisations and industries you might want to work in
  • develop your professional skills through company training, networking skills and confidence in the workplace
  • get some great experience for future job applications or even land a graduate job.

Support from St Mary’s every step of the way

Securing a placement can really help you develop your job search skills and the Employability Service placement and Careers Teams can support you to find and apply for available opportunities.

Please note: in the event that you cannot secure a placement you will be able to transfer onto the three year version of your degree programme.

Angela Platt

Course Lead – English Literature

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Course content


At St Mary's University we promote an interdisciplinary approach to the Humanities and this is an important and unique part of our offer.

Unlike other Humanities degrees, if your choose to study English at St Mary's you can expand your knowledge by exploring modules across Creative Writing, History, Liberal Arts, Theology, Film and Politics.

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

The Public Role of the Arts and Humanities

Current Writers and Writing

Introduction to Narrative

Entry requirements

80 UCAS points should include at least two B grades at A Level (or equivalent).

One A-level should ideally be in English (either Language or Literature), but we may be able to consider applicants who are doing at least one other essay-writing subject and can demonstrate an interest in English.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references, and your motivation for study.

112 - 96

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Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Fees & funding

Tuition fees





1200 during placement year)

*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Government's review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans, and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage


Find out more about our range of scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students .

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

How the degree is taught

Contact time - 40%

Independent study - 60%

*Contact time includes 20% of guided learning

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

You will attend lectures, interactive seminars and one-to-one tutorials, the latter of which we place a great deal of importance on.

In your first year you can expect ten contact hours a week.

Throughout your studies you will have access to the department's 'open door policy' that allows you to come and discuss questions, and interests, with your tutors outside of formal teaching. 

The ‘Curating London’ option in the second year asks students to undertake an enterprising project to do with the culture and history of Twickenham and London. Students might plan a walking tour, curate an exhibition or a season of films, or create an educational website. Students can develop this project, if they wish, as part of their final-year independent project.

Assessment methods

Most of the modules are assessed with essays and other written forms, supplemented, where appropriate, with examinations, presentations, and contributions to digital content such as blogs, wikis and the like.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Career opportunities

Our English Literature degree will help you develop essential transferrable skills like critical thinking, flexibility, and communication.

Contact our Career Services at for further information on work and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of undefined include:


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