English Literature at Hertfordshire is a vibrant subject area, with a dedicated, experienced group of staff. All our staff combine their teaching activities with internationally recognised research and writing.
At both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, we offer a curriculum that familiarises students with significant authors, movements and periods from literary history, whilst also introducing them to more marginal writers, texts and genres.
We provide our students with a firm grounding in the analytical skills and theoretical concepts needed to enrich their understanding of literary texts.
Students rate the teaching they receive very highly. In the National Student Survey 2011, 94% of students agreed that staff explained things clearly, 92% found the staff enthusiastic about their subject, and 89% found the course intellectually stimulating.
Our undergraduate course offers students the chance to study a broad range of writers and texts from the Renaissance to the present day.
Postgraduate taught courses
The MA in Modern Literary Cultures offers postgraduate students the chance to continue their development as literary critics on a structured, taught course that also gives considerable scope for independent research and inquiry. Many graduates of the MA move on to study for a PhD.
Learn more about the diverse and exciting research carried out by English Literature staff and students.
What our students say
Studying English Literature at the University of Hertfordshire is the best decision I've ever made. The lecturers really make the effort to get to know you personally. Besides thoroughly enjoying my time at Hertfordshire I have developed eloquence, confidence and analytical skills that will prove invaluable professionally.
The teaching staff not only have great teaching skills and an excellent work ethos, but such passion about their subject that it is quite infectious. The lectures and classes are well organised, imaginative, participation-driven and always enlightening... A wonderful experience I wholeheartedly recommend!