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Modern English Literature (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Winchester, United Kingdom
How are modern writers exploring the tumultuous world we inhabit in their books? What are the most important literary and theoretical developments of recent decades?  On this dynamic Modern English Literature (Hons) degree at The University of Winchester you can explore these questions, and push the boundaries of the discipline.
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Guided by our supportive teaching staff, who are all part of the university’s thriving literary research culture, you study the ideas of the most exciting critical thinkers in contemporary cultural debate, using innovative learning and teaching methods.

An avid reader, you will explore the impact of modernity in a variety of ways, including narrative originality, social and historical shifts, identity politics, and cultural and critical theory. As well as attending lectures and seminars, you will also learn through more progressive and collaborative means, such as blogging and online forums, giving peer feedback on essay drafts and working in study groups and workshops.

It is this mix of traditional and creative learning and teaching methods that makes our programme so dynamic and engaging, as well as fully equipping you for life after your degree.

Over three years, you study a mixture of optional and mandatory modules – the latter build core skills such as critical thinking and reading in context. There’s the flexibility to add to your study of literary texts with modules in English Language, Creative Writing and/or American Studies. And we currently offer you the opportunity to study one semester in Japan at the University of Nagoya, where you can gain a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Year 1 lays the course foundation with mandatory modules in Studying English Literature, World Literature, Literature in Context, Intertextuality and Introduction to Poetry.

In Year 2, these skills are deepened in Critical Theory, while Preparation for Research develops research methods and helps you to prepare a professional portfolio. There is a wider range of optional modules in Years 2 and 3 allowing you to engage with the writers and movements that most inspire you. These may include: Shakespeare and Early Modern Comedy, Gothic and Romantic Fiction, and Modernism.

In your third and final year you will be able to identify a research project in an area of modern English literature that excites you, leading to a dissertation supervised by a specialist member of staff. Optional modules may include: Globalisation and Contemporary Fiction, Romantic Celebrity Culture, and Utopian and Dystopian Fiction. Finally, you take a vocational module from a suite of options that will prepare you for life after study by teaching key employability skills.

A degree in Modern English Literature (Hons) from The University of Winchester opens many doors. A range of highly transferable qualities, including analytical thinking, evaluative and research skills, self-discipline, and effective written and spoken communication, enables you to excel in a variety of fields not just confined to the arts. 


Graduates go on to find jobs in journalism, writing and publishing, teaching and lecturing, and in a number of professional and management-level posts.

BA Modern English Literature also prepares you for postgraduate (MA and PhD) study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Studying English Literature
  • Literature in Context
  • World Literature
  • Intertextuality

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • 104-120 points to include an A level or equivalent level 3 pass in English, or in a related subject in the areas of arts, humanities or social sciences, including drama, theatre, communications, history, theology or philosophy.
  • A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.
  • International baccalaureate: 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above, including a pass in English, or in a related subject in the areas of arts, humanities or social sciences, including drama, theatre, communications, history, theology or philosophy.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Winchester

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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