AAA or A*AB with a minimum A in English (full entry requirements)
3 years full-time
A BA in English at York will give you a real sense of the distinctiveness of English literature, all the while revealing how it relates to other literatures and cultures. You will be taught in small groups by experts in their field, and encounter literature from every period of history and from across the globe. You will get the chance to follow your own literary passions and to discover new ones. You will graduate with skills highly prized by employers across a wide range of industries.
Our varied and flexible degree combines historical depth with geographical breadth. There are plenty of options to tailor a course to suit your own literary interests. We offer modules on literature from every era and in all the major literary genres, including prose, poetry, drama, and film. Join us at York to discover a world of literature.
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York's English degree promised to be comprehensive yet flexible. My experience here has not let me down. The modules always have a central focus, yet retain an impressive diversity which intersect at the unlikeliest of angles.ChoonBA English student
York’s English degree offers exceptional flexibility and choice. Our academic progression model provides a comprehensive overview of literary history and criticism while also encouraging you to explore the subjects that most interest you. You will get the chance to examine literature from the present and the past, and from the United Kingdom and beyond. You’ll also study non-English texts, in the original language or in translation. In total, you’ll take eighteen modules from a long list of possible choices, and you’ll write a dissertation in your third year.
NB: This information reflects the current course content and structure, which may be revised from year to year.
We’ll introduce you to a range of different texts and critical approaches in your first year to lay the foundation for your degree. Through carefully linked modules, you will be introduced to the historical and theoretical study of literature. These modules will be supplemented by additional skills-based and topic-based modules:
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
You’ll further your understanding of period-specific literary topics as well as focus on a World Literature subject. In the second year, you’ll choose:
You’ll have the opportunity to explore further the areas you’ve developed an interest in over the course of your studies through the diverse range of module choices available to our third-year students. In addition, the subject of your English dissertation is entirely up to you, which means that there is an exciting opportunity for you to shape the trajectory of your final year. In the third year, you’ll choose:
We are proud of our international outlook. If you’re also interested in studying abroad, there are a number of options both in the English-speaking world and in Europe.
QS also ranks the Department of English and Related Literature among the best in the world. See for yourself: QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 - English Language & Literature.
York’s English degree is renowned for its flexible and innovative approach. We emphasize small-group teaching, which means you’ll mainly be taught in seminars of up to fifteen people. You’ll also take part in workshops, attend lectures, and consult staff on a one-to-one basis. You can expect around seven hours of contact time a week – and sometimes more.
We employ a variety of assessment methods, including group presentations and closed exams, but with a strong emphasis on essay writing. Your main mode of assessment will be essays, which will range from short exploratory exercises to more detailed discussions on a topic of your choice, to the 7,000-8,000-word dissertation in your final year. We offer high levels of feedback and ample opportunities for students to meet with staff to discuss their written work.
"Staff are always very approachable, whether in their office hours, after seminars, or by email. They're really keen to help your literary understanding and imagination."Rebecca BA English student
No discipline equips its students better to understand and interpret a wide range of texts – whether literary, historical, political, or social – or to form articulate and persuasive responses to a range of challenges and questions.
You’ll learn presentation, language, and reasoning skills during your English degree, and gain expertise in complex analysis and research. These skills suit a wide range of careers, from law and teaching to national and local government and the creative industries.
"While at York I learned to read fast while absorbing key details and to express myself clearly. I learned to listen and to be generous when sharing ideas. I gained confidence and developed a more independent way of thinking."Sarah Ward-Lilley
Head of International Bureaux, BBC News
All applications must be made through UCAS.
Normally, only mature candidates and those with special circumstances and/or qualifications will have an interview. Interviews will usually be a half-hour conversation about your literary interests. We’ll also ask you to bring along some of your recent essays.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
D3, D3, D3, including D3 in English.
Access to HE
36 points, with 6 in all Higher level subjects, including English.
Irish Leaving Certificate
H1 (English) H2, H2, H2, H2, H3
85 overall, with 85 in English.
Our English language requirements for international applicants can be found on our Entry Requirements page.