English Literature

English Literature at Cardiff University

Explore the rich history of English Literature.

Studying at Cardiff University gives you the opportunity to encounter English literature in all its diversity, from the Anglo-Saxon period right up to the twenty-first century.

After the foundational Year One, there are no compulsory modules. We give you the chance to frame your own pathway through the degree, together with the advice you need to make informed choices.

Our curriculum takes in areas as varied as Romantic poetry, children's literature, gothic fiction, critical theory, crime fiction and Shakespeare, and we study texts from across the world, from a variety of perspectives.

There is also the opportunity in Years 2 and 3 to study the complementary discipline of Creative Writing.

Your studies will not be restricted to the printed word: our teaching reflects the intriguing connections between literature and film, art, music, history, language and popular culture.

Single honours degrees

Joint honours programmes

Your future in mind

English Literature graduates have excellent analytical and communication skills that equip them for a range of professions and further training. Their cultural knowledge and conceptual smartness are valued in the public and private sectors, and in contexts as varied as the classroom, the law courts and the media.

The English Literature course really appealed to me because it is very diverse. The list of modules to choose from is vast and there is definitely something for everyone. The teaching is incredibly interesting and informative. The lecturers encourage you to think independently and research your own ideas while providing helpful encouragement and advice. Cardiff is a brilliant place to study and live - I defy anyone not to enjoy themselves!

Zoe Bridger, BA English Literature graduate