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Undergraduate English


'From Beowulf to the Booker'

The English Department at Royal Holloway unites tradition, innovation and creativity in its approach to the discipline. From Old English riddles, Middle English romances, the rich poetry and theatre of the Renaissance, the wit and politics of the eighteenth century, Romantic verse and Gothic adventure, the radical novels of the Victorians, the aesthetic complexities of Modernism, the historical reassessments of the Post-Colonial and the Contemporary, the separate tradition of American literature - our undergraduate students enjoy a unique journey traversing literatures in English.

Writing practice is central to what we do, and all students (as well as those taking our specialized BA English & Creative Writing) can take creative writing modules in years 2 and 3 of their degree. We offer individual support to undergraduate students in their academic and creative writing.

We are a substantial department (30+ staff members), with the large range of courses and student choice that brings. This year there are more than 25 options available in year 2, and over 40 options in year 3.  For more information on our current options, see our course options running this year.  (Note that the list of options offered varies from year to year.)

The first year of undergraduate study for Single Honours English is a foundation year, during the second year students orientate themselves within key periods of English Literature and in the third year students specialise in areas which capture their imaginations,

The structure combines an opportunity for wide exploration with intense pursuit of the particular. Students who choose to combine English with another discipline, for instance Creative Writing or Drama, follow a structured pathway and enjoy the same progression from foundation to specialisation.

Students also have the opportunity of applying for an additional year abroad, which can either be sandwiched between their first and second year, or between their second and third year. This year could be used as an opportunity to study something completely different. We have links with institutions all over the world.

Students in years 2 and 3 of the degree also have the opportunity to take an option in another department (e.g. a film course in Media Arts, a History or Philosophy or Drama course).

Many students choose to combine English Literature with another discipline and at Royal Holloway we offer an exciting range of options including:

Degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on a course unit system and all students take four units (or equivalent, made up of whole and half-units) in each year of study. if you opt for a Joint Honours degree, you will normally take two whole course units of English in each of your three years of study, and two units from your partner department.

English and Creative Writing and English and American Literature are Joint Honours programmes housed exclusively within the English department. For all other combinations students belong to two departments and participate fully in the life of each.

Click on the list above or see the menu breakdown on the left-hand side of the screen for a full listing of the Joint Honours courses we currently offer - some of which are taken over fours years, with the third year spent studying abroad.












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