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Undergraduate courses in English Literature – University of Reading

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  • "You can't empathise if you can't imagine being somebody other than yourself. So imagination is at the bottom of democracy, at the bottom of civilised behaviour and at the bottom of not behaving like a sociopath." AL Kennedy

Undergraduate courses in English Literature

 At the University of Reading we make the study of English Literature not only a rewarding challenge, but also lay the foundation of a critical and cultural awareness that will remain with you for life.

Our curriculum is global, contemporary and comprehensive. You can study literature from across the world and every period of history, right up to the present. You will become part of a diverse community of readers and writers, united in our passion for our subject.

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Creative Writing at Reading

Students can enrol directly onto one of our Creative Writing joint degree programmes. See course list below.

Alternatively, single honours English Literature students who take a Creative Writing module in the first year can switch to the joint honours English Literature with Creative Writing degree at the end of that same year.

You will learn from prize-winning authors who will read and give you bespoke advice on your work.


In the first year, all students in English Literature can choose at least one option in another subject from across the university. This system allows considerable flexibility: at the end of the first year, you may be able to change your final degree course from single to joint honours, or vice versa.

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OUR Courses


English Literature and Creative Writing Degrees:


 Our English Foundation Year Programme:


English Degrees with Modern Languages


Joint Degrees with other subjects


Our courses will equip you with high-level skills and knowledge. They will open up all the many exciting graduate careers that require excellent literacy and critical intelligence. These include communications and media, the creative industries and publishing, public life, finance, and all levels of teaching. Prospective employers value the intellectual training, versatility, and resourcefulness that you will gain during your degree studies in English literature.


Contact us today with any questions or to request a prospectus.

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