Both halves of the course give you the opportunity to follow your own interests and particular enthusiasms through optional units. You can choose to learn Latin or Ancient Greek as well as Old English (Anglo Saxon) at beginner level, and may also study ancient arts, such as epic or drama, alongside their more modern forms in English.
Your dissertation in year three will draw on both degree subjects to discuss a topic that concerns both the ancient world and English literature.
An English degree at Bristol is distinguished by a strong commitment to literary studies as a serious yet enjoyable academic discipline, and an awareness of how much may be gained through dialogue with other disciplines in the University and beyond.
We cover major texts and authors from all periods of English literature, and also give you the opportunity to develop your own special interests.
Core units in years two and three allow you to study the full historical development of English literature from the medieval period to the present day. Optional special subject units, which are based on the research interests of our teaching staff, allow you to explore particular authors, topics or genres.
We also have a lively postgraduate community and many of our students go on to study our MA courses and research degrees.
You can apply until:
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
This course would suit intelligent, imaginative, hard-working students who love to read widely.
Many people take the activity of reading for granted, but it is one of the most difficult and exciting things we do. Reading literature allows us to question our worlds and to realise the limits of our understanding.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
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.Take IELTS test
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Minimum required score (Grade B):
The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
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