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Dr Peter Howell
Dr Peter Howell

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In this programme, we bring together literary and linguistic approaches to the study of society and culture, enriching your subject knowledge and employment prospects in so doing. The programme will also enable you to gain a valuable vocational qualification in teaching English as a foreign language with the addition of a CELTA option (CELTA: Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), a passport to well-paid employment around the world and in the UK on graduation (subject to validation).

Why study English Language and Literature?

Bringing together a wide range of modules in literature and language enriches the study of both disciplines.

Understanding how language works allows for a more nuanced analysis of literature, while understanding the social, historical and cultural contexts of literature allows a better understanding of how language reflects and produces human experiences.

The literature part of the degree focusses on works from the Renaissance period to the present day. Core teaching in Tragedy, Critical Theory and Renaissance culture encompasses Shakespeare, Romanticism and Modernism to provide a broad basis for the analysis of text and culture.

The language modules begin with an introduction to the nature of language, setting out to dispel common myths of where it comes from, how it is structured, and who controls it as it changes across time. This basis then supports more focussed study of how language is acquired by children and adults.

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Why St Mary's?

You will be taught by subject specialists in a department that operates an ‘open door policy’, by which tutors will get to know you as an individual.

Our beautiful and historic campus provides a wonderful backdrop to your studies and is only a short train ride to Central London.

As you progress through the three years, you will have the option to direct your studies  more towards language, or more towards literature (including options in creative writing), or you may wish to maintain a balance of both.

You may also opt to take the Cambridge  CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) qualification in your second year (subject to validation). This is a valuable professional qualification, enabling you to teach English as a Foreign Language anywhere in the world. Because of its international reputation, it opens up a global career path for graduates.

At St Mary’s we offer a suite of undergraduate English courses. As well as English Language and Literature, we also offer English and Drama and English Literature.

Key facts

  • Option to complete the Cambridge CELTA qualification, unlocking well-paid employment worldwide (subject to validation)
  • Emphasis on personal tutoring and your individual interests and needs
  • Study literature from the Renaissance to the present day with world-leading experts in their fields
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus with direct transport links to London Waterloo

Course content

Year one

  • Contemporary Drama 
  • Contemporary Fiction 
  • Critical Theory 
  • Foundations in Language 
  • Foundations in Literature: Tragedy 
  • Language Acquisition 

Year two

  • Applied Language Teaching (CELTA) 1 & 2 
  • Curating London 
  • Eighteenth-century London: Writing the Metropolis 1700-1832 
  • Gothic Cultures 
  • Romanticism: English Literature and its Background 1776-1832 
  • Writing Identity in the Victorian Novel 

Year three

  • Dissertation/Independent Study 
  • History of the English Language 
  • Language and Society 
  • Literature and the Unconscious 
  • Modernism 
  • The Lyricism of Protest: Bob Dylan 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

English graduates are among the most flexible and find employment in diverse fields. The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) points out that English graduates are attractive for a number of reasons, including the ability to 'adapt and transfer critical methods to a variety of working environments' and the ability to 'acquire substantial quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way'.

The opportunity to develop such transferable skills gives you particular advantages in gaining future employment. A key benefit of studying English at St Mary’s is the opportunity to gain the CELTA qualification, an initial teacher training qualification that can enable you to find well-paid employment in English teaching (internationally or at home) immediately after graduating.

St Mary's English graduates have found employment in many fields including:

  • Media
  • Publishing
  • Personnel
  • Research
  • Management
  • Retail
  • Journalism
  • Administration

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to English students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You will, of course, attend lectures, but also small-group seminars, workshops and private tutorials, on which we place a great deal of importance. 

We also make full use of the cultural richness of Twickenham and London in our teaching, with trips to the theatre and to important literary sites such as Horace Walpole’s Gothic mansion on our own campus, Alexander Pope’s Grotto just down the road, and Spitalfields market in East London.

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 and wikis.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: coming soon

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750
* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

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

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

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 contact

Further information

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