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Study English literature

Why study English literature

English literature at Kingston was awarded an 'excellent' rating at its last Teaching Quality Assessment.

Student feedback consistently emphasises the quality of our teaching and the approachability of staff. At Kingston, we put the student experience first among our priorities.

Lecturers at Kingston publish research of national and international importance, and this cutting-edge research informs our teaching practice.

Undergraduate courses

At Kingston you have a choice of undergraduate English courses but you can also study a number of combined degrees.

English Literature is an established and well regarded degree course focused upon the study of writing in diverse forms and contexts. It allows you to study fiction and non-fiction produced over several centuries and in multiple countries. It also allows you to combine the pleasures of reading and analysing literature with the acquisition of valuable employability skills.

You will study the genres of fiction, drama and poetry, and will consider what fiction is as a genre, learn to interpret poetry from different historical periods and analyse a range of dramatic work. You will also examine literature within the social, cultural, critical and political contexts in which it was written, and explore contemporary developments in critical and theoretical approaches to text.

In Years 2 and 3, we also offer a wide range of optional modules, which allows you to focus on particular areas of interest. In addition you will enjoy a stimulating learning environment with approachable tutors and a high level of academic support.

Postgraduate courses

The postgraduate courses in English enable you to create your own pathway by choosing from a range of module options.

As a postgraduate student of English, you will:

  • be part of a vibrant postgraduate community and attend keynote lectures and events organised by the London Graduate School and the Writers' Centre Kingston.
  • have the chance to focus on an area of particular interest through option modules and your dissertation .
  • capitalise on our London location with field trips to enhance and support your learning experience complementing several modules.
  • benefit from the department's two archives of books and papers relating to the work of Iris Murdoch, as well as the Sheridan Morley archive of theatrical life writing and ephemera.
  • benefit from contributions to the Centre for Life Narratives, the Iris Murdoch Archive and Writers' Centre Kingston.

Personal tutor scheme

The teaching team is committed to providing the support you need to facilitate your transition to university life. We pride ourselves on our approachability and readiness to help. The personal tutor scheme, designed to help you from your very first week, is the embodiment of this commitment. As an integral part of your first year of study, you will be placed in a small seminar group, led by the same member of the teaching team for the whole year. That seminar leader will also be your personal tutor, not just for the first year, but throughout your degree, providing support in your learning, your personal development and in developing your career aspirations.

Centre for Academic Support and Enhancement (CASE)

Centre for Academic Support and Enhancement (CASE)

CASE offers students one-to-one help with their studies, supporting both undergraduate and postgraduate students with:

  • researching and presenting;
  • structuring and editing traditional academic writing;
  • structuring and editing multimedia texts; and
  • referencing.

CASE also provides a range of resources to enhance employability, including help with writing CVs, application forms and interview preparation. Results show that students who use the centre are significantly more likely to complete their degrees. As they are better equipped to act on feedback, they also tend to do better in their studies.

Learn a language

Kingston Language Scheme (KLS)

The Kingston Language Scheme (KLS) offers courses in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and English for academic study. Classes are taught at a range of levels, so you can start a new language from scratch or build on existing knowledge. All KLS classes are free to Kingston University students.

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