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English and Comparative Literature BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    This degree combines English literature with different literatures from around the world.

    You’ll choose from the whole range of options in the School of English, including writers from Africa, Asia, Australasia, Canada and the Caribbean. You’ll also study texts in Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. You don’t need any knowledge of foreign languages - all texts are taught in translation.

    Core modules will introduce you to world literature and issues such as genre, influence and reception. Then you’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules to pursue topics that interest you. You’ll be taught by tutors from the Schools of English and Languages, Cultures and Societies who are also part of the Centre for World Literatures. Between them they provide diverse expertise to help you gain a deeper understanding of literature from around the world – and develop skills that are valuable to employers.

    Leeds has excellent resources for studying world literature. For example, the Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections – a valuable resource for your original research.

  • Course content

    In your first year, you’ll choose modules across the spectrum of poetry, prose and drama in English as well as core modules introducing you to key areas of comparative literature.

    In your second year you take a core module on Reception, Transmission and Translation, which introduces you to the theory and practice of global literary circulation and is partly assessed through the co-production of an edited anthology. You will also choose from a wide range of optional modules from the Schools of English and Languages, Cultures and Societies.

    In your third year, you’ll apply the critical and research skills you’ve developed to your dissertation, where you’ll independently research a topic which cuts across English and literature from other cultures – the myth of Odysseus from Homer to Derek Walcott, for example, or the ways in which foreign-language detective fiction has been received in the English-speaking world.

    You’ll also study optional modules covering an array of topics, such as different periods of English literature, Chinese theatre, Dante or Latin American culture among others.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Studying and Researching English 5 credits
    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits
    • Worlds of Literature 20 credits
    • Discourse, Culture and Identity 20 credits

    Optional modules

    A sample of the optional modules are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Prose: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits
    • Poetry: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits
    • Drama: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Reception, Transmission and Translation: The Global Circulation of Literature 20 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Eighteenth-Century Literature 20 credits
    • Renaissance Literature 20 credits
    • American Danger 20 credits
    • Writing America 20 credits
    • Creative Writing 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Final Year Project 40 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Eighteenth-Century Literature 20 credits
    • Arthurian Legend: Chivalry and Violence 20 credits
    • Planes, Trains and Automobiles: US Narratives of Air, Rail, Road and Water 20 credits
    • Postcolonial London 20 credits
    • Literature of the 1890s 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read English and Comparative Literature BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    We use a variety of learning and teaching styles to help you benefit from our tutors’ expertise. Lectures, seminars and tutorials are most commonly used, but workshops may also be involved in some modules.

    However, independent learning is also a vital part of the degree, allowing you to conduct your own research and think critically about what you find. The University Library runs excellent training programmes to help you make the most of our resources.


    Different types of assessment are also used – usually exams and essays, but oral presentations and group work may also be included in some modules. We offer plenty of support throughout your time at Leeds, including extra classes on issues like structuring essays, public speaking or exam technique.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB including A in English excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. The Access course must include English modules. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required.

    • BTEC

      We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, M1, M1 including D3 in English.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall including 16 at Higher Level with 6 in English at Higher Level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in English

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AB in Advanced Highers including A in English and AABBB in Highers, or A in English in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers.

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in English.

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in English (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.

    We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    BBB at A Level including English (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and pass Access to Leeds.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of English admissions team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of English Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £17,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    English and Comparative Literature graduates develop a wide range of transferable skills that really appeal to employers.

    You’ll have highly developed communication skills, and the ability to appreciate cultures outside of your own. You’ll be independent and self-motivated, as well as a confident researcher who can think analytically about what they find. You’ll also have the organisational and time management skills that come from studying two subjects as part of a Joint Honours programme.

    Leeds English graduates have succeeded in diverse careers such as publishing, business and finance, law, advertising and marketing, journalism, the civil service, education and the charity sector. Many have also gone onto postgraduate study.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

    Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

    Work placements

    Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

    Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.