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English Literature BA(Hons): After you graduate

Careers and progression

An English literature degree opens the door to a wide range of careers. Our past graduates now work in areas such as professional writing, publishing, teaching, IT, law (by conversion course), education policy, events management, leisure and tourism management, marketing and journalism. Many graduates continue to related postgraduate courses.

What our graduates say

Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.

Name: Gerry Archer
Year of graduation: 2000
Current job: teaching English in Japan

"During my time at Kingston, I found myself encouraged to think freely around subjects, with the chance to grow personally and intellectually, developing my own ideas and exploring those of others.

"Since leaving university I have accepted a position to teach English in Japan, which strikes me as an ideal way to earn some money and see some of the world, and could even become a career.

"I would recommend Kingston and its English Literature course to anyone. I had a great time and made friendships that will last a lifetime."


Name: Beverley Watts
Current job: assistant magazine editor

Beverley took time out from her job as a journalist to study English literature at Kingston full time. She gained a breadth of knowledge and became far more disciplined about research, which is an important part of her job.

"My present job is assistant editor on Now magazine. I write features, but a lot of my work involves commissioning them – from celebrity interviews to articles on how to get a 'dream job' or on a couple adopting special needs children.

"I have been to Japan to interview a geisha about her life in Kyoto, photographed grizzly bears in Vancouver Island, and flown to Bulgaria with the charity Orbis, who perform eye operations worldwide on-board their own plane."


Examples of recent graduate destinations

Types of jobs

  • Administrative assistant
  • Customer accounts manager
  • Digital marketing manager
  • English teacher
  • Library assistant
  • Media intern
  • PR and marketing assistant
  • PR officer
  • Secondary school manager
  • Tutor
  • Travel writer


  • Get Me Media
  • National Magazine Company
  • General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Enfield Library
  • Selfridges
  • Kindred
  • ITN
  • Harper Collins
  • Prince's Trust
  • Stone Bay Special Care School
  • Waterstone's
  • William Murray Communications

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate. 

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:

  • placements;
  • working or studying abroad;
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles; and
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you:

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