Studying English at King’s you will encounter literature that stretches back through the centuries and reaches out across the globe. We pride ourselves on the range and diversity of the modules we offer, ranging across genre, period and place and including creative writing. We embrace diverse approaches, combining contemporary literary theory, close textual examination and historical scholarship. Our aim is to offer open and imaginative approaches to classic English texts together with newer and less familiar developments in the discipline.
The Department has an international reputation for the quality of its scholarship and all members of staff are actively involved in research. We aim to connect research and teaching, both in the classroom and at the many extra activities and events we offer.
Our effective personal tutor system means you will benefit from individual attention. All modules involve seminars, and on a typical module your time will be divided equally between these and more formal lectures.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include essays, exams (unseen, open book and prior disclosure), critical commentaries, creative work (e.g. fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction), translations, reports, seminar presentations and reader-response exercises.
London is a city of words and images. We are fortunate to be located at the heart of its arts and media district, and close to historic literary locations, offering exciting possibilities for the study of film, theatre, literature and other art-forms. Within 20 minutes’ walk of the Department of English at King’s Strand Campus are Shakespeare’s Globe and the site of the Tabard Inn, where Chaucer’s pilgrims started out on their journey. Even closer at hand are the Inns of Court, Covent Garden, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane (London’s oldest working theatre) and countless other sites and buildings with literary associations. Just across Waterloo Bridge is the South Bank arts complex, including the IMAX Cinema, as well as the new BFI Southbank (three screens), which contains the BFI Mediatheque, a studio cinema, and a gallery among other facilities.
Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.
All students are offered the opportunity to study abroad – in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and other locations – during the second year of their English degree at King’s. Recent popular destinations include the University of California, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of Toronto, Humbolt University, Berlin, and the University of Hong Kong.