Where better to study English than in the heart of London?
London is a global, multicultural city of words, and this is reflected in the department’s engagement with its surroundings, both historical and contemporary.
From the beginning of the undergraduate degree, we get you out onto the streets, tracing the literary associations of the Strand and its environs, and making the most of the museums, art galleries and cultural institutions on our doorstep.
Our degrees (BA English Language and Literature, and BA English with Film) are characterised by their historical and geographical range. Our modules cover periods from the 7th to the 21st centuries, and there is also the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice in the third year.
English is a world language and this is reflected in modules on a global range of literatures including South Asian, Australian, Irish and American. Our degrees introduce you not only to a range of literary periods, but also a range of approaches to literary study (critical theory, performance studies and visual and material culture). We offer courses in creative writing and often invite novelists, poets and biographers to read and talk about their work in the Department. Library facilities at King’s are excellent: students have access to King’s Maughan Library, the University of London Senate House Library and the British Library.
The Department is a friendly, supportive intellectual community and we offer high levels of staff/student contact. Our students have representation at all levels of the department structure, and we value their involvement and feedback. We have an active, student-run, literary society and a range of social events throughout the year.
An English degree equips you with a wide range of skills – critical thinking, verbal and written expression, research skills – that are appropriate to many different careers. Our graduates go on to work in a variety of fields including the cultural industries, teaching, publishing, and journalism as well as postgraduate study.