Undergraduate

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Pursue your passion for literature

Our school community describe what it’s like to study in the School of English at Kent

Undergraduate courses

Our socially-conscious programmes allow you to foster your critical thinking and creative talents, while preparing you for life the in twenty-first century. In your first year, you will take core modules in literary history, critical theory and writing skills, while tackling issues such as the environment, politics and technology in your option modules. After that, you will be free to choose from our large module catalogue, and shape your degree to suit your interests and enthusiasms.

Our programmes are project-based. Depending on the modules you choose, we will give you the confidence to learn how to make a documentary film, write a learning journal, publish your own book, conduct original archival research, write a computer program or plan and execute an academic research essay. Instead of exams, we offer you an exciting Summer School of workshops and events, where you can take short courses exploring new areas of literature and creative writing, learn some key skills like coding, editing or project management, or exhibit your work to potential employers and the public.

We are a large and diverse School, and offer modules on all areas of literature and creative writing. Whether your interest is in medieval dream vision poetry, Jane Austen, American literature, modern Zimbabwean fiction or contemporary graphic writing and e-literature, we have an option for you. In your final year, you can choose to undertake a large-scale project that communicates your knowledge of literature and creative writing to a wide audience. Your project is something that you can take with you, both in the advanced skills you’ll develop in the planning and execution of it, but also to show future employers what you have learned and what you are capable of.

Many of our academic staff are successful poets and writers, who offer specialist training in creative writing.  

Use the links below to inspect our programmes in more detail, and learn about the course structures.

It is possible to add a placement year or a year abroad on all of our programmes. For instance, discover what it's like to study for a year in Madrid.

Undergraduate courses