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BA (Hons) English


BA (Hons) English (Subject to Approval)

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Start date:

6th September 2023 (see academic calendar)


St Katharine Docks, London

Study Abroad:

Semester in Boston, USA (Optional)

Degree Awarding Body:

Northeastern University London

Entry Requirements:

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Study Mode:



3 years

Annual Tuition Fees:

Home: £9,250

International: £21,000

Programme Specifications:

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Available September 2023

Student Satisfaction:

83% (National Student Survey 2022)


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 the world. Read more

The BA (Hons) English combines broad coverage of literature across time periods, regions, and genres, with thematic courses and a distinctive emphasis on how writing not only reflects but influences change in the world. Students are taught how to compare literature both in English and in different languages, and alternative art forms. The programme is rigorous both in its disciplinarity and its interdisciplinarity.

The curriculum includes courses in Shakespeare, British drama and the London stage, contemporary writing, criticism, London: Literature, Culture, Identity and North American narratives. 

This degree programme combines a rigorous 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 can combine planning and research and understanding concepts and theories with critical thinking and analysis, and are able to clearly evaluate perspectives and present ideas and information to a wide variety of audiences. These are fundamental strengths that are highly sought after across sectors. These valuable and transferable skills 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

  • Art History
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Data Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Politics & International Relations
  • Sociology
  • STEM
  • Sustainability

Focus on one one subject or study multiple subjects 

Elective courses enable students to either deepen their focus on English, or to combine their studies with courses in a particular second subject, or to explore a broad range of subjects, developing agile thinking across disciplinary boundaries.

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
  • Semester Abroad in Boston, 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 20 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 NCH 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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