Study an exciting range of literature in English, from writers across the globe and on subjects including the novel, Victorian and Romantic literature and Shakespeare and Marlowe. Learn how texts work, and debate literature’s role in society both now and throughout history.
You’ll receive excellent teaching from internationally-renowned academics and will be taught to articulate your ideas with confidence while writing with fluency and flair.
By studying English Literature at DMU you’ll join a lively and welcoming academic community – a group of people who are friendly, supportive and passionate about literature.
We’ll encourage you to get involved in our student-led English society, go on UK theatre trips or travel abroad with DMU Global, our international experience programme.
We’re proud that our English Literature graduates enter a wide range of professions including media, marketing, publishing, teaching, public relations and the civil service.
- Learn from world-renowned academics and internationally-acclaimed guest speakers such as writers Kate Forsyth, Carol Ann Duffy and Benjamin Zephaniah.
- The flexibility to tailor your degree – either take the opportunity to gain another language by combining English Literature with French, Spanish or Mandarin at beginner or post-GCSE level, or add Creative Writing and English Language modules.
- Gain valuable workplace skills through placement and internship opportunities. Our students have worked with the National Space Centre, the English Association, Age Concern, the Leicester Mercury, and local schools and colleges.
- Studying English teaches a range of transferable skills that make English graduates extremely employable and sought after in the workplace, find out more.
- English graduates succeed in wide-ranging careers with big names that include Penguin Random House, HomeStyle magazine, the BBC and Pan Macmillan.
- Broaden your horizons through DMU Global, our international experience programme. Our students have discovered Danish literature in Copenhagen, learned about the role of language in surveillance in Berlin and took part in a scavenger hunt in the New York Public Library.
Structure and assessment
- Introduction to the Novel
- Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare
- Introduction to English and Adaptation
- Exploring Creative Writing
- Evolving Language: An Introduction to Histories of Language
- Exploration and Innovation: 14th Century to 18th Century Literature
- Romantic and Victorian Literature
- 20th and 21st Century Literature
- Ways of Reading
- Screen and Literary Adaptations of the Classics
- Text Technologies
- Writing Place
- English Language in UK Schools
- Introducing English to Speakers of Other Languages
- English in the Workplace
- Modernism and Modernity
- Radical and Contemporary Adaptations
- Contemporary Irish Writing
- The British Working Class in Literature, Film and Television
- 19th-Century American Literature
- Textual Studies Using Computers
- Unruly Women, Degenerate Men
- Professional Writing Skills
- Communication and Control
- Shakespeare and Marlowe
- Biofiction: Writers’ Afterlives
- Writing Adaptations: Theory and Practice
- Powerful Language: Introduction to Rhetoric
Facilities and features
Clephan Building is home to DMU’s humanities subjects, and is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens.
Currently Clephan houses some key Arts, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Arts, Design and Humanities Placement Team and the Faculty’s Advice Centre, where you can access information about timetabling, specialist support queries. and any other questions you may have about your course.
The building also features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, Centre for Textual Studies, Centre for Adaptations, and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
Work placements are offered as part of this course and are a great way to boost your skills and experience while studying. Placements improve your chances of gaining a graduate-level job and can often lead to an offer of employment after graduation.
You will have the option to go on a sandwich placement between your second and third years of study and/or to do a short-term placement during your third year through the English in the Workplace module. Previous students taking this module have worked as mentors for local school pupils to help improve their reading age, written magazine features at a publishing firm, carried out research for a PR company and worked in the offices of a regional newspaper at the Leicester Mercury. We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you to identify a placement to suit you.
Third-year Creative Writing and English BA (Hons) student Tori Cotton has been offered a full-time permanent job at Pro-Publishing Media and Events, a publishing business in Earls Colne, Essex. Tori had ambitions for working in publishing after graduation and she organised her placement for the module English in the Workplace at the company. They were so impressed with her enthusiasm and ability during that placement that they offered her a position to start immediately after graduation.
#DMUglobal aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers. The English team has so far offered opportunities to study in Tokyo, Japan and Vancouver Island in Canada.
‘My stay in Tokyo provided me with an extremely exciting and eye-opening experience into Japanese culture and language. I have gained more self-esteem and have the confidence and aspiration to work abroad again…’ (Lauren Marston, 2015)
You will have the opportunity, as part of your degree, to study abroad in Europe or the USA.
The Faculty currently offers English Literature students opportunities to study at the following European universities: the European University of Cyprus, Faith University, Istanbul (Turkey), Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic), Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf (Germany), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and the University of Oulu (Finland).
English Literature graduates are eminently employable because of their highly developed communication and reasoning skills and their ability to work independently and as part of a group. The latest statistics show that 95 per cent of recent graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation.
Our graduates go into a wide range of careers including archival work, the media, the civil service, marketing, journalism, the arts, library services, banking, charity work, teaching English as a foreign language, publishing, public relations, primary and secondary teaching, and postgraduate study.
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