BA in English Literature


Program Description

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.

English Literature Employment Opportunities

English Literature at Swansea is ranked 2nd for graduate prospects (The Guardian Good University Guide 2016).

Over 97% of our English Single and Joint Honours graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation (DLHE 2013/14).

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in English will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will develop excellent oral and writing skills, strong research and analytical skills, learn to present your ideas in a range of formats, solve problems, make informed decisions and manage your time and workload effectively. All this expertise will ensure you can compete successfully in the job market.

Our graduates enter careers in a wide range of sectors including:

  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Social media
  • Project administration

Careers and Employability

Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) will support you at each stage of your career journey helping you build a bright future.

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs.
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers.
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities.
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics.
  • Advice and guidance on postgraduate study and funding.
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.

We also provide help and advice for Swansea University Alumni up to two years after you graduate.

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent t ... Read More

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life. Read less