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English, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #3 (WUR) Cambridge, United Kingdom
If you have a passion for literature, the English programme offered by the University of Cambridge will inspire you in your reading, and develop your critical and imaginative abilities.
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The English programme offered by the University of Cambridge balances a strong grounding in the core of English literature with the chance to explore literature from around the world, other art forms, the English language, and related intellectual traditions.

Teaching and resources

You are taught by some of the most eminent writers and thinkers who, between them, teach and research almost every aspect of literature. We have no set approach beyond instilling the valuable skills of critical thinking, scholarly rigor, and good writing.

You have access to the vast resources of the University Library as well as the Faculty library, which provides computer facilities, skills training, and welcoming features. The modern Faculty building also includes a drama studio and garden.

Socially, many English students pursue interests in creative writing, journalism and the performing arts.

After English

Our students develop the skills of critical thinking, close reading and effective communication. Many draw directly on their subject and pursue careers in arts management or information management, or go into academia or teaching.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Practical Criticism and Critical Practice
  • Early Medieval Literature and its Contexts 1066-1350
  • English Literature and its Contexts 1500-1700
  • English Literature and its Contexts 1660-1870
  • English Literature and its Contexts 1830-1945 
  • English Literature and its Contexts 1870-Present
  • Chaucer
  • Medieval English Literature 1066–1500: The Medieval Supernatural
  • Material Renaissance
  • Lyric
  • Modernism and the Short Story
  • The Ethical Imagination
  • American Literature
  • Postcolonial and Related Literatures
  • History and Theory of Literary Criticism
  • Literature and Visual Culture
  • Contemporary Writing in English
  • Early Modern Drama 1588-1642
  • Special Period of English Literature 1847-72

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • All applicants are required to take the pre-interview written assessment
  • Candidates academic record and forecast grades in school-leaving examinations
  • Examples of recent written work submitted to the College to which they are applying

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19197 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19197 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 Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


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