Study English Literature in the UK

While studies in English literature tend to attract avid readers, there are many other benefits of studying literature. Literary studies encourage students to think critically, analyze works in relation to their respective era, and draw connections to how those works impact the practices and structures of past and present populations. 

These programs can focus on historical English literature written by some of the most famous British authors but can also include more specialized areas such as Gothic literature, Poetry, Contemporary literature, Children’s literature and Queer literature to name a few.  

Where there is not specialized study, students are often presented the opportunity to bring their own interests to the works they study in-class. 

What to Expect from your Studies:  

There are many different types of literature you can study. English literature is quite broad, and you are introduced to many different authors who were important in their time and who then portray the time in which they lived.  

You will also learn about different genres, history, narrative styles, poems, and theories about why certain authors wrote the way they did.  

Studies include a mixture of in-class seminars, independent reading, or research, and may even include related out of classroom excursions (such as a museum or library).  

When analyzing texts and completing written assignments, students are expected to draw from critics and/or other academics to help support their own analysis. This also opens in-class discussions where different viewpoints are expected and encouraged.  

Choosing the Right Program 

One of the main aims of this study is that you as a student will be introduced to a wide range of literary texts that will make you enthusiastic and critical of literature. The kind of literature and which books the universities want you to read can vary, so it’s best to read the course descriptions carefully and review the kind of eras and literary works offered. You can also review what sort of research the tutors/academics are completing or have completed to gain a better understanding of what they’re likely to bring to their taught modules. Across the Pond can help with this! 

Combining English Literature with Other Areas of Study 

At bachelor's level, you can often combine English literature with another study. The combination possibilities do vary from university to university, but the most popular studies to combine with are Creative Writing, Journalism and Linguistics. 

Master’s Degree in 1 Year 

Many UK universities offer master's degrees that can be completed in one year. In addition to this, you can apply to almost any master's degree without necessarily having a bachelor's degree in the same field. Of course, a relevant bachelor's degree would be advantageous, but it is not always a requirement.  

Job Opportunities 

English literature programs develop highly sought after skills for future employers. These include, but are not limited to: 

  • Critical Thinking 
  • Organization 
  • Effective Writing 
  • Time Management 
  • Attention to Detail 

Want to Learn More? 

If this is an area you’re interested in pursuing, your personal Across the Pond advisor will be happy to send you suggestions for studies that will suit your interests and align with your academic history.   

With the assistance of your Across the Pond advisor, you will have someone who can help you with information about admission requirements (these can vary depending on your Canadian province or university), which studies are available at bachelor's and master's level and help find the studies and universities that best suit you with your background, grades, desire to study and possibly place of study.  

As the studies and universities all have different criteria and levels, it is unfortunately impossible to state all the nuances here on this page, so to get the most accurate information tailored to you and your wishes, get in touch with one of our advisors. 

All help from us is free and without obligation. 




If you are considering studying in the UK, there is a large selection of degrees available, and we are happy to help you find the course of your dreams! Contact us to get help from one of our Student Advisors, and feel free to read more about similar courses in the UK:

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How to Apply

Applying to study in the UK can be tricky and confusing when doing things on your own. Take all of the stress out of the process by using Across the Pond’s free expertise and guidance. To help you on your way here are some things to be aware of: 


In the UK, admissions are mainly on a rolling basis – meaning it is "first come, first served" until the programme is filled. We therefore recommend that you apply as early as you can, and preferably before Christmas if you want to start your studies the following autumn. Exceptions: Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences as well as all courses at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, and also selected courses at master's level. 


Choosing what to study and which university to go to can be a very difficult process, especially when you may not be able to go and visit to find out which option you like best. Our advisors regularly visit the universities and help hundreds of students apply to a wide range of subjects every single year. They will be able to help you determine which universities and courses are best for you based on your academic background and the universities' minimum requirements, as well as your wishes and needs for what you would like your study experience to look like and cost.


We make it very easy for you! We have our own application form where you fill in your information and upload your application documents. We check that everything has been entered correctly before the application is submitted and that way you do not have to worry that you have made any mistakes that may result in you not being accepted. 


To apply for studies at UK universities you need: 

  • One academic letter of recommendation if you are applying for undergraduate studies, and often two if you are applying for Master’s degree programmes. We have advice and tips that you can give to the person who will be writing this for you, so that together we ensure that they include all the information the UK universities are looking for. For postgraduate applicants you may also be required to submit your CV. Please note that how to write a CV for UK universities may differ from how they are expected to be written in your home country. 
  • Preliminary grades or final diploma (final diploma will be sent as soon as you have received it).
  • Personal Statement. It is very important that it is you who has written your personal statement, but we will help you with what is important to include (or not include!) based on what and where you are hoping to study, in addition to proofreading it for you. This is a very important part of the application and whether or not you get in may be decided based on this statement. Some universities and courses have additional requirements and expectations in terms of what they want to see here and it is very important that you adhere to these indications. That's why we spend a lot of time making your personal statement as good as it can be. 
  • Note: Some courses will also require an audition, portfolio and other admissions tests. 



When applying for undergraduate programmes, an application fee is required which is paid to the admissions service. In addition, some universities charge an application fee for some of the Master’s programmes they offer. These application fees are payable directly to the University or the University and Colleges Admissions Service and not to us. We will never ask for any payment or card information from you and all help from us is free of charge. 

Some universities will require a deposit to secure your study place after you have been granted admission, this will later be deducted from the tuition fee. After you have been granted admission and your place has been confirmed, you will have to pay a fee to apply for a student visa in order to access healthcare in the UK during your studies. If you wish to live in the universities’ student housing you must apply to be allocated a room before the housing application deadline and once this has been processed you are often required to pay deposit to secure the accommodation. When you eventually enrol in the university, you will pay the tuition fee. Prices in the UK vary greatly and if you have any questions about the cost of studying in the UK, please get in touch. We are happy to help you find affordable options! 


We will walk you through each step of the application process and help you with everything you need to consider before deciding whether or not you want to apply to study in the UK. If you choose to complete an application we will help you with absolutely everything from start to finish. 

We are here to help you whether you have questions related to studying in the UK or want more information about selected universities or courses. Contact us whether you just want more information or if you are ready to get started with your application! 

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