BA English Literature (Part time)


Come and join UEA's English Literature students as they discuss 'what makes literature live?', with a little help from T.S. Eliot and others...

Watch It

Key facts

For English and Creative Writing (Guardian University Guide 2017)

"UEA’s approach appealed to me because it was so modern.”

In their words

Anna Walker, BA English Literature

Read It


UEA has announced the launch of the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW), which contains the extensive personal archive of the Nobel Laureate, Doris Lessing, and literary material from other prominent authors such as Naomi Alderman, Tash Aw, Malcolm Bradbury, Amit Chaudhuri, J.D. Salinger, Roger Deakin, Lorna Sage, WG Sebald and the playwright Snoo Wilson.

Read It


Meet Luke Wright. A poet and a theatre writer who graduated from UEA with a BA English Literature. Hear about his experience at UEA and how the societies, extracurricular activities and course gave him the skills to pursue his dream career.

Watch It
Literature at UEA is vivid, contentious and alive: muddled up with passion, politics and play. Our BA in English Literature gives you a first-class grounding in literature from the middle-ages to the present, while challenging you to respond to your reading in inventive ways.

Whether handling fifteenth-century manuscripts in the Norwich archives, converting the argument of an eighteenth-century sonnet into the language of a political pamphlet, or writing your own critical introduction to a novel published only last year, your apprenticeship as a literary-critic here blends the acquisition of high-level analytical skills and broad and deep knowledge, with an attention to critical writing as a craft.

And Norwich is the place to learn the craft of the literary critic. World-renowned literature has been produced here from the c14th writings of Europe's first-ever female author, Julian of Norwich, to c21st work by the likes of Ian McEwan and Emma Healey.


The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing is famous for the quality and adventurousness of its teaching. It embraces several interlinked disciplines; for example, you can choose to study drama or creative writing alongside English and related literatures. The English Literature degree programme gives a rigorous grounding in writing from the medieval period to the present day – from the Arthurian Tradition via Shakespeare, Milton, Austen, the Brontës, Joyce, to novelists and poets who are still writing now – and it combines this with a range of innovative approaches and specialist topics.

The degree course is studied in an interdisciplinary atmosphere.  Alongside specialists in English Literature, you will also work with teachers and students who are involved with Creative Writing, Drama, Philosophy, Modern Languages, American Studies, Film Studies, History and History of Art.  The options system also allows you to explore one or other of these subjects yourself: in each of the three levels, besides your options within the English syllabus, you can choose one module from another discipline, according to your own interests and aptitude.

The whole programme is based on the conviction that literature is not an abstract or unworldly pursuit, but something which happens in the real world. That is why we teach historically, so that literature is seen in larger contexts; and it is why we host regular extra-curricular visits by contemporary writers who read and discuss their work. We also emphasise making literature as well as studying it: there is the opportunity to extend your awareness of literature through your own writing.  To facilitate all this we employ a variety of teaching strategies (small group seminars, larger-scale lectures, writing workshops, individual projects and dissertations). Assessment is carried out in each teaching module (either by coursework, assessed practical project or by occasional short exams) so that there are no ‘finals’.

Course Structure

Part time students are not permitted to choose Study Abroad or Erasmus modules. Other than this restriction and those listed below the range of modules is the same as the Full-time variant.

Level 4 in years 1 & 2

In Level 4 students complete 120 credits (80 Compulsory, 20 from Option Range A, 20 from Option Range B). Part time students will take a minimum of 40 and maximum of 80 credits per year, and a minimum of 20 credits each semester. In your first year of Level 4 you must take at least one compulsory module per semester.
Compulsory and Option Range A modules develop your core skills as literature students. Option Range B offers the opportunity to further develop your literary skills and interests. In your first semester you have the opportunity to choose from selected Faculty of Humanities modules that develop complementary skills and subject understanding. Pre-requisites: you are advised to consult the course profile for Level 5 modules you may like to choose, in case these have Level 4 pre-requisites. 

Level 5 in years 3 & 4

In Level 5 students take 120 credits (80-100 Range A, 20-40 from Option Range B, and 0-20 from Option Range C). Part time students will take a minimum of 40 and maximum of 80 credits per year, and must take a minimum of 20 credits per semester. In your first year of Level 5 you must choose at least 20 credits each semester from Option Range A. Pre-1789 requirement: in Levels 5 and 6 combined students must take at least 60 credits from modules on writing before 1789, and are required to complete 40 of these during Level 5.
Part time students are not permitted to choose Study Abroad or Erasmus modules.
Option Range A comprises core modules for literary study. Option Range B modules focus on writing in practice. Option Range C includes literature modules with specialist focus, further study from core or writing in practice modules, or you may select modules from other humanities subjects to tailor your study to specific interests. Pre-requisites: some level 5 and 6 modules in LDC and other HUM schools have pre-requisites. You are advised to make yourself aware of these when choosing your modules at each year level. This is particularly relevant to language modules.

Level 6 in years 5 & 6

In Level 6 students take 120 credits by selecting four 30 credit modules. 20-credit versions of level 6 modules are only available to non-HUM and Visiting Students. Part time students will take a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 90 credits per year, and must take a minimum of 30 credits per semester. Pre-1789 requirement: in Levels 5 and 6 combined, students must take at least 60 credits from modules on writing before 1789, and 40 of these must be taken at level 5. Consult the Catalogue for pre-requisites and restrictions.

Teaching and Assessment

Key skills, issues and ideas are introduced in lectures given by all members of faculty, including literary critics, literary historians and writers. More specialist study is undertaken in small group seminars. These are chosen from a range offered within the School and across the University. You will also spend time studying and researching in the library or carrying out practical work or projects. In most subject areas, you are assessed at the end of each year on the basis of coursework and, in some cases, project and examination results. In your final year, you will write a dissertation on a topic of your choice and with the advice of tutors. There is no final examination. Your final degree result is determined by the marks you receive in levels two and three.

Want to know more?

Come along to an Open Day and experience our unique campus for yourself.

Course Modules


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

We always welcome applications from mature students and 'non-standard' applicants - (those not coming directly from school or college) - but we usually ask that they have some relevant and recent academic study to prepare them for the demands and challenges of undergraduate work.  By this we mean English Literature study at A-Level equivalent standard within the last 3 or 4 years. We would consider an A-Level in English Literature (or the combined English Language and Literature A-level.  (a high grade would be required)  We would also consider an Access to Higher Education course (Humanities route including Literature modules) (many local colleges offer these and we would be looking for Distinction and Merit grades (exact requirements are dependent on exactly which programme you apply to as they all have slightly different entry requirements) or some Open University study in English Literature.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.


Applicants with alternative qualifications are usually invited to attend for interview. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.


The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.

GCSE Offer

Students are required to have Mathematics and English at Grade C or above at GCSE.

Course Open To

UK and EU applicants only.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

How to Apply

Applying for Part-Time Degrees

The University of East Anglia offers some of its undergraduate degrees on a part-time basis. Applications are made directly to the University: More information and an application form can be found at our Part-Time Study pages. For further information on the part-time application process, please contact our Admissions Office at

Each year we hold a series of Open Days, where potential applicants to our Undergraduate courses can come and visit the university to learn more about the courses they are interested in, meet current students and staff and tour our campus. If you decide to apply for a course and are made an offer, you will be invited to a School specific ApplicantDay. Applicants may be invited for interview or audition for some courses.

For enquiries about the content of the degree or your qualifications please contact the Admissions Service on 01603 591515 or email We can then direct your enquiry to the relevant department to assist you.

    Next Steps

    We can’t wait to hear from you. Just pop any questions about this course into the form below and our enquiries team will answer as soon as they can.

    Admissions enquiries: or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515