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BA (Hons) English


BA (Hons) English

UCAS Code:



St Katharine Docks, London

Degree Awarding Body:

Northeastern University London

Co-op Placements Available:


Study Abroad:

Semester in Boston, USA (Optional)

Eligible for Double Degree?:

English BA – Northeastern University (USA)

Start date:
Available September 2025
Entry Requirements:

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Study Mode:



3 years

Annual Tuition Fees:

Home: £9,250

International: £22,250



Programme Specifications:

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Available September 2024


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Student Satisfaction:

98% (National Student Survey 2022/23)


Bring rigour to your thinking and advance your powers of engagement with both literary texts and the issues and contexts with which they engage. Develop your skills in analysing literature, learning how writers have responded to their situations, cultures, and the literature of their contemporaries, while gaining the tools and confidence to become an original and discerning critic of literature and of wider world issues. Read more

The BA (Hons) English combines broad coverage of literature across periods and genres with thematic concentrations ranging from ‘Satire, Feeling, Innovation’ to ‘Literature, Land and the Environment’, and regional concentrations including North America and the location of your studies – London.  Throughout there is a distinctive emphasis on how writing not only reflects but influences change in the world, and students are instructed in how to become more discerning, more sceptical and more appreciative readers of everything from lyric poetry to literary criticism to newspaper articles to political speeches. The programme culminates in a Comparative Literature dissertation, which cultivates in students an ability to mediate, to compare impartially, to be culturally agile, and to be scrupulously alert to both the similarities and the differences between art works from across time and space. Students are both inducted in those skills which are central to literary study, and also encouraged to draw on subjects which connect with English, including history, philosophy, psychology, art, and other languages. The programme is therefore rigorous both in its disciplinarity and its interdisciplinarity.

This degree programme combines the comprehensive English syllabus with a personalised elective pathway. Students can choose to deepen their focus on English through their elective courses, or they can further contextualise and broaden their studies with courses that match other interests and goals.

English graduates have strong oral and written communication skills. They combine planning and research with critical thinking, and can clearly evaluate competing perspectives and present ideas to a range of audiences. These fundamental strengths are highly sought after across sectors, and as such open up a wide array of career possibilities upon graduation.


Our growing range of Elective courses include the subjects that have in the past been available as minors, plus some new popular subjects and interdisciplinary themes. Read more

Focus on one subject or study multiple subjects. Flexible Elective Pathway courses will enable students to choose to either:

  • Deepen focus in their degree subject
  • Combine their studies with courses in a particular second subject
  • Explore a broad range of subjects, developing agile thinking across disciplinary boundaries

Discipline Pathways

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Data Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Politics & International Relations
  • Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE)

Thematic Pathways

  • Sustainability
  • Technology & Ethics

What makes our BA (Hons) English different?

  • Rigorous, in-depth core subject study
  • Interdisciplinary degrees, built around real-world problems
  • Flexibility to create your own academic pathway with elective courses
  • Gain core competencies and develop practical and transferable skills for your future career
  • Embedded experiential opportunities to drive real-world change
  • Explore the big issues that need agile thinking crossing subject boundaries
  • Acquire the knowledge and experience that will empower you to make a meaningful impact in a fast-changing world
  • Experience a semester abroad at one of Northeastern University’s campuses in the USA

Your learning experience

You will experience learning at the University through a combination of formats and class sizes. Some of our courses are delivered through a high number of scheduled teaching or ‘contact’ hours, while others focus on smaller, more personalised, guided independent study, or hands-on or community-based projects. Read more

Our academic staff selects the most appropriate pedagogy and contact hours for each individual course in order to support students to develop and succeed in their studies. This means that within your undergraduate English degree you are likely to experience a combination of scheduled lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials. The exact balance of these types of learning and number of contact hours will depend on the specific electives and optional courses you choose.

Most lectures and seminars will have a maximum of 40 student participants, while tutorials will typically have five or fewer students, and may sometimes be one-to-one. This personalised approach to teaching allows everyone to participate and thrive. 


Core competencies are embedded within our English degree programmes, preparing you for your future career while you are studying, so that you stand out from the crowd and are ready to succeed as soon as you graduate. Read more

By the time you graduate, you will have taken courses fulfilling the following three competencies:

  1. Writing Across Audiences and Genres
  2. Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience
  3. Demonstrating Thought and Action in a Final Project (can be dissertation)

You will also have taken courses inculcating a minimum of four of these additional competencies, depending on your learning pathways:

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World
  • Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation
  • Interpreting Culture
  • Conducting Formal and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Understanding Societies and Institutions
  • Analysing and Using Data
  • Engaging Differences and Diversity
  • Employing Ethical Reasoning

Careers Service

Our dedicated Careers Advisors work with students right from day one. Some students arrive at Northeastern University London with their journey path clearly mapped, others need help finding their direction. Our Advisors are here to help both. Read more

Advisors will help to identify aspirations and explore careers, as well as assist with the development of CVs, and developing an ‘elevator pitch’ to differentiate yourself in a crowded market. Advisors guide students through making the most of Linkedin, and applying for internships, placements, and graduate jobs.

Our Advisors are here to help you achieve your ambition and have expertise in a wide range of sectors including professional services, government, creative industries, law, and banking.

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