Undergraduate study in English Literature


By studying English at Birmingham, you will be joining a leading community of undergraduates, postgraduates and academic staff.

In your teaching, you will benefit from the department’s place at the centre of the School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies, including the Shakespeare Institute, with its close connections to the Royal Shakespeare Company. 

English can be studied at Birmingham in a number of ways: as a Single Honours degree, as one half of a Joint Honours degree, and as a component of some Major-Minor combinations. Find out more about our innovative degree courses by clicking on the links below.

Our English literature undergraduate degree courses

English and Creative Writing BA

Studying English Literature and Creative Writing in combination allows you to develop your skills as a writer, whilst setting your own work and aspirations in the context of the wider literary world.

Our BA programme introduces you to a broad range of types and periods of [more...]

English BA

Studying English will enable you to explore past and present cultures and societies through a wide range of perspectives and in a variety of different literary genres.

Learning about and applying different theoretical approaches such as post-colonialism, historicism and [more...]

English Language and Literature BA

Studying the literature and language of English in combination allows you to explore the ways in which the English language has shaped and been shaped by culture throughout our history and continues to do and be so in the present day.

You will gain an understanding of the [more...]

Joint honours combinations

Hear from our students

English undergraduate open day talks

Dr Daniel Moore delivers the 2016 undergraduate open day talk on studying English Literature at Birmingham.

Dr Luke Kennard introduces the BA English with Creative Writing course at the University of Birmingham undergraduate open day 2015.