Cardiff University English Literature

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Cardiff University English Literature

English literature at Cardiff has long enjoyed an international reputation for its teaching and research. But more than this – we pride ourselves on nurturing a friendly, personalised and supportive environment for our students. We aim for the best and for success in all we do.

Our curriculum offers access to the whole span of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century. Nor is the curriculum restricted to the printed word – we are intrigued by the connections between literature and film, art, music, history, language and popular culture, and our teaching reflects these interests.

There are no compulsory modules in English literature at Cardiff after year one. We give you choice – but we also give you the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions from a diverse range of options which includes creative writing.

You are free to follow a traditional programme covering multiple periods and genres or to build a more distinctive mix of modules combining literary study with analysis of other cultural forms.

As a student in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff you will be taught by leading researchers in English literature in modules that reflect the cutting edge of the discipline.

Cardiff is a splendid city in which to spend your undergraduate years. Our commitment is to make those years intellectually stimulating and academically rewarding.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:

  • teaching across the whole chronological and geographical span of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century
  • research-led teaching, enabling you to engage with new ideas that are helping to shape the future of the discipline
  • flexibility – after year one there are no compulsory modules
  • a reputation for theoretically informed reading, bringing texts from all periods into dialogue with contemporary concerns about gender, identity, sexuality, nationality, race, the body, the environment and digital technology
  • a strong tradition in creative writing, taught by writers making their mark on today’s culture

I was immediately impressed with the standard of academia here. The academic and administrative systems of the University were designed to put me, the student, at the forefront of every process. I have also noticed the sheer excellence of the syllabus, and more importantly of the administrative and teaching staff. The atmosphere was exceedingly friendly.

Kandru Manibhushan Rao, English Literature student

Key facts

UCAS Code Q306
Next intake September 2017
Duration 3 years
Mode Full time
Typical places available The School of English, Communication and Philosophy typically has 350 places available.
Typical applications received The School of English, Communication and Philosophy typically receives 1450 applications.
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At Cardiff, you can choose from over 300 degree programmes. We offer flexibility so you can tailor some components of your degree to suit your own interests and career ambitions.

Types of degree

As an undergraduate there are a variety of degree options available to you.

As an undergraduate there are two types of degree options available to you.

Bachelor degrees

Otherwise known as a ‘first’ or ‘ordinary’ degree, a bachelor degree will give you a thorough understanding of the course you are studying, as well as provide you with key skills to take into your professional career.

Master’s degrees

With one further year of study on top of your bachelor degree, a master’s degree gives you a more in depth knowledge of your subject.

Part time study

Explore the part-time study options that are available.

Preliminary or Foundation courses

A number of preliminary courses are available to students who do not have the appropriate A-level/AS qualifications to enter the first year of a degree scheme.

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Humanities & Social Studies options

Our degree subjects have been designed to offer a wide range of options to our students. BA students can study additional subjects in their first year.

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Post-registration health courses

Courses offered for registered healthcare professionals who would like to continue their education.

Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the School of English, Communication & Philosophy admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offer AAB including an A in English Literature or English Literature and Language or Creative Writing. General Studies is not accepted.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer WBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above), excluding English Literature or English Language and Literature, or Creative Writing for English Literature degrees.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer 36 points, including 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects to include English Literature.
Other requirements Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.


UK and EU students

For information and advice for prospective  undergraduates from the UK and EU please contact:

Undergraduate Recruitment Office