English Literature is one of the most diverse and challenging disciplines we offer.
Studying our three-year BA cultivates sensitivity towards language and seeks to answer some provocative questions. It also opens up a range of exciting career possibilities by helping you to develop transferable skills, which are highly valued by employers.
You will have the chance to explore over a thousand years of literature, from Beowulf to the present day. Our course covers national and global literature stretching from Renaissance literature, Gothic and genre fiction and 19th-century literature through to modernity and contemporary fiction. Other exciting topics include gender and culture and creative and professional writing.
You will have the chance to spend a semester studying in the USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong or Singapore, further improving your career prospects.
Why English Literature at Swansea?
Based on our stunning Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula, English Literature at Swansea is ranked:
Ranked 16th in the UK for Career prospects - Guardian University Guide 2020.
Ranked 7th in the UK for research - Research Excellence Framework 2014.
Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their research. You will learn from experienced, established writers whose work has been widely published, broadcast and performed.
You will also have the option of a semester in the USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong or Singapore.
Your English Literature Experience
You can choose from a fascinating range of English Literature and creative writing topics to tailor your degree to your interests.
We offer varied and flexible course content, so you can shape your course to your own interests, whether in Gothic and genre fiction, gender and culture, Renaissance literature, national and global literature, modernity and contemporary writing, 19th-century literature, or creative and professional writing.
Wales has a rich lyric tradition and Swansea is the birthplace of Dylan Thomas. You can be involved with projects with the Dylan Thomas Centre and the National Theatre Wales.
You will also have an academic mentor for any pastoral and academic support you may need, and the lively English Student Society at Swansea organises a range of literary, social and cultural events.
Swansea University was named University of the Year in the 2019 Whatuni Student Choice Awards for the second time in five years. As well as being crowned University of the Year, Swansea University took the top spot in the International category and placed top three in the Postgraduate, and Course and Lecturers categories. The Whatuni Student Choice Awards are voted for entirely by students, with more than 41,000 reviews and comments submitted from more than 160 UK institutions.
In the prestigious Guardian University Guide 2021, we are placed 24th in the UK and have won the Welsh University of the Year title for the second time in three years, cementing our position as Wales’ leading higher education institution.
We place our students at the heart of everything. As a result, we achieved a gold rating, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and are ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for 2020.
Our stunning waterfront campuses make us a desirable location for students and staff from around the world, and our multicultural community provides a global perspective, enabling those who join us to develop skills and knowledge that set them on successful and enriching careers.