English Literature with Politics BA (Hons) – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
Choosing to study BA English Literature with Politics at Surrey means you will examine the most vital and influential works of literature from the medieval period to the present day.
Are all great works of literature also political documents? Can political texts also be literary? Whatever your answers to these questions, there’s no doubt that politics and literature are close companions.
This combination is a great choice if you wish to examine the historical and international political movements that have fuelled the literary canon.
Our courses in English literature are ranked in the top 10 for creative writing in the Complete University Guide 2019 and top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
What you will study
Studying literature encourages you to become a reflective, sensitive and active reader. You will think carefully about literary texts, about what it means to interpret written works, and the importance of literature in history and society.
On this course you will be introduced to a range of thought-provoking critical and theoretical approaches to literature. You will spend much of your time acquiring formidable knowledge of literary texts and discourses, learning the critical skills to analyse these works and developing the cultural vocabulary to communicate your ideas about them.
Your politics modules will introduce you to a range of concepts, approaches and methods for political analysis. You will also develop an understanding of the problematic nature of political, social and economic enquiry, and develop your critical analysis abilities.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BA (Hons)||36 months||P908||View KIS data set|
|BA (Hons)||48 months||X2J8||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
English Literature with Politics placements
Unusually for an English literature degree programme, we offer the opportunity to undertake a Professional Training placement.
A placement will enhance your employability by giving you experience in degree-related professions such as publishing, marketing, the media industries, teaching, creative writing or arts administration.
A Professional Training placement will give you the opportunity to develop valuable transferable skills in analysis, reflection, communication and organisation.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:
- Editorial assistant
- Commercial graduate
- Junior project manager
- English teacher
- Account manager
- Social media account manager
- Purchasing assistant.
Should you wish to pursue further study, our courses will provide you with essential knowledge and skills, as well as offering informed support and guidance to assist you in your studies.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
It is possible to spend a semester or a full academic year abroad while earning credits which contribute to your degree. We operate Erasmus+ exchanges in Europe with the following universities:
- Bamberg University
- Freiburg University
- Aarhus University
- Lyon III University.
We also have exchanges with:
- Nanyang Technological University
- Seoul National University
- Cincinnati University
- North Carolina State University
- University of Central Florida
- Northern Arizona University
- Texas Tech
- North Texas
- Monash University
- La Trobe University
- University of Sydney
- University of Wollongong
- University of Queensland
- Universidade de São Paulo
- University of Victoria, Wellington.
If you choose to study at one of the European partners you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.
In addition to the amazing time you will have, you will be exposed to new cultures, practices and approaches that will strengthen your academic performance for the successful continuation of your studies. This will also enhance your employment opportunities and add a bonus to your CV.
Arts and culture at Surrey
As an English literature student at Surrey, you will be introduced to an exciting and challenging environment that combines conventional teaching with a wide range of opportunities for you to engage with a vibrant research culture and arts activities.
Regular visiting guest speakers and research seminars will inject a specialised interest into the course and encourage you to consider areas for further study.
English at Surrey enjoys connections with contemporary writers through the poets-in-residence scheme, the annual Morag Morris Poetry Lecture, the Surrey Poetry Festival and the Surrey New Writers Festival.
The University of Surrey has close ties with the charity English PEN, which campaigns to protect freedom of speech and human rights for writers around the world. English PEN regularly hosts talks by prominent writers and other events at the University.
Guildford itself provides considerable access to arts activities, including the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, which puts on new and canonical plays, the Guildford Book Festival, and a host of galleries, libraries and archives that will stimulate and support your independent studies.
Above all, the University is only 35 minutes by train from London, one of the world’s most important cultural centres.
You will have opportunities to see plays at the National Theatre, the Barbican and the Globe Theatre. You will be able to watch new films in the major West End cinemas and classic movies at the National Film Theatre.
This wide choice of activities will complement your studies in English Literature at Surrey, and you will be encouraged to draw inspiration from them in your work for your degree.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
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Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.