English Literature

Studying English Literature offers a fascinating exploration of culture, society, and the power of the written word. It gives you windows into the past and fresh perspectives on the present opening your eyes and mind, challenging your ideas and firing your imagination. Studying this subject at Hertfordshire will provide you with a package of critical skills, subject knowledge and creativity, which can be applied to a range of careers.

You can study English Literature as a single honours or as part of a combined undergraduate degree.

You can also continue your studies in this fascinating subject area at postgraduate level. The MA Literature and Culture offers students the chance to continue their development as literary critics on a structured, taught course that gives considerable scope for independent research and inquiry.

Our teaching team

The academics within the English Literature department are internationally recognised and research active. They will guide you through developing your own interests and subject specialisms, helping you form fresh opinions and gain powerful, lifelong transferable skills.

I have developed eloquence, confidence and analytical skills that will prove invaluable professionally.

Alice Hunt

English Literature student

Studying English Literature helped me to develop useful writing and research skills which have help me in my current role.

April Wilson

BA (Hons) English Literature with Film (2016)