The Department of English and Related Literature combines historical depth with geographical breadth. They offer modules on literature from every era and in all the major literary genres (including film and drama).
The department is ranked joint second in the UK (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020) and 24th in the world (QS World University Rankings by subject 2019).
We usually recommend that visiting students take first or second year modules. If you wish to take Advanced Option Modules (third year) you should state your reasons in your application when listing your course choices.
Some World Literature modules assume a prior qualification in the language they focus on. These languages include Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, French, German, Italian and Spanish. For these modules you must have attended equivalent preparatory courses at your home institution or be able to demonstrate that you have reached a suitable academic standard.
Your application must include a sample of recent written work (at least 1,500 words) in English on a literary topic, preferably previously submitted as part of a literature course.
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.
Choosing your modules
The list below is indicative of the type of module which may be available during your study period. Not all modules are available to exchange and visiting students. You will be contacted by the Department during July/August or late November/December (depending on your start date) to discuss your module choices.
You should hold an undergraduate degree in English Literature or a related subject.
We recommend you contact us before you apply. We will be able to guide you towards available modules of an appropriate level.
We are unable to accept Erasmus+ students, unless the agreement between your institution and the University of York makes explicit provision for postgraduate exchanges.
Our courses will give you an idea of the modules we run.
Your application must include a sample of recent written work (at least 1,500 words) in English on a literary topic, preferably previously submitted as part of a literature course. Postgraduate Research students need to add two samples.
English Language requirements
IELTS: 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component.
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You can study in our department for the following periods:
- Full academic year
- Autumn Term only
- Autumn/Spring (combined)
- Spring Term only
Examination and assessment
Assessment is mainly by assignment submitted via the VLE. Our year-long Key Concepts module and our World Literature modules include an exam component in the Summer Term, and our Topic Modules are assessed by group presentation.