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Discover the rich and diverse history of literature in English, spanning over 1,000 years and 6 continents across the globe. You'll develop your conceptual thinking and learn to communicate complex ideas when you study English with us.

Explore the cultural contexts and history of English literature at the University of Southampton. We delve into literature, film, visual arts and creative writing. You'll have access to galleries, archives and theatres to put culture at the heart of your learning. Create your own path by choosing from our different module topics ranging from the history, theory and practice of literature in English in the Middle Ages up to the 21st Century. With the help of our lecturers and graduate mentors, you'll be equipped with the skills you need for a career in everything from journalism, politics and business, to teaching and creative practice.

  • Find a mentor

    Support and advice from graduates who are now award-winning novelists, writers and playwrights

  • Flexible programmes

    Tailor your degree with unique module choices, joint honours, study abroad and a chance to spend a year on a work placement

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Focus your studies on English and literature, or combine these with another interest by choosing a joint honours degree.

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