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Undergraduate BA (Hons)

English Literature

Explore literature from across the globe and throughout the ages, from classic to contemporary.
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Course overview

From the traditional canon to the innovative contemporary novel, our BA English Literature programme empowers you to identify how the world is perceived and informed through literary narratives. We will give you the confidence and support to apply your understanding of literature to today’s world, gaining critical and creative skills that allow you to effect change and shape your own future.

Tailor your studies according to your interests, choosing from a broad range of literary periods, topics, and themes. You can explore the written word across poetry, drama and prose, but also through narrative forms in queer zines; films; artist books; and video games. Your studies will sharpen your critical tools and nourish your unique creativity in a supportive academic environment. Our curriculum is designed set you up for a successful and exciting career across wide range of fields.

Why study English Literature at Kent?

Play to your strengths.

We do not have exams, and our coursework often goes beyond the standard essay or dissertation. This way we assess your best work.

Student satisfaction.

88% of final-year English students were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course in The Guardian University Guide 2023

Your future.

Your English Literature degree will provide you with the key skills for a career in whatever field you want to explore.  

Did you know?

Our graduates include authors David Mitchell and Sarah Waters, Nobel-Prize winners, Kazuo Ishiguro and Abdulrazak Gurnah.

Alumni career success

"I wouldn't be the person I am today, or have my career, without Kent." 

Everything you need to know about our English Literature course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

You will explore the rich traditions of literature from across the globe and discover how it has transformed our world and stands at the forefront of socio-political change. You’ll discover your own voice, whether as a writer, editor or critic and develop the key skills you need to make it heard.

How you'll study

In our project-based courses, you will benefit from cutting-edge teaching. Our innovative teaching staff offer a huge variety of perspectives and are passionate about finding new ways to analyse and create literature, and to communicate its insights.
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Abdulrazak Gurnah wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Kent Alumnus and Emeritus Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah won the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021. Join all of us at Kent in celebrating this remarkable achievement.

Your future

Whether you have a specific career in mind or haven’t thought beyond university, our courses embed employability at every turn with modules that focus on careers in growing and emerging sectors; we’ll demonstrate how your degree can give you options in the creative industries and beyond.

We help you plan for success. Through our varied range of assessments and inspirational teaching, you will hone the digital, critical thinking, communication and leadership skills that are essential for a successful career and realising your ambition.

Get a head start
"‘It’s really important to not just do what you’re told when on work experience, be chatty, get to know people you don’t necessarily work with, listen to what’s going on and ask questions about it."

Pursuing your passion for literature

I liked the range of the literature we studied at Kent – the fact that we looked at all sorts of genres, from all sorts of periods.

Hear from Kent Graduate Sarah Waters on her time at Kent and her journey to becoming an award-winning author

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

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  • International
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  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.

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