English Literature

Studying English Literature at Bangor allows you to gain the valuable skillsets needed in the modern job market. Our degrees allow you to explore innovative approaches to 1000 years of literary history and discover genres – such as the Gothic, Comedy, and Children’s Fiction.

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Explore our Undergraduate Courses in English Literature



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Alumni Profile Francesca Elena Sciarrillo

I spent four years studying at Bangor University and loved every second. The welcome I received from the English Literature team right from the very first Open Day I attended made me sure that Bangor was the place for me. I was always encouraged and supported to think and write both critically and creatively,  and pay attention to detail. This has been extremely important – especially working within a marketing and communications department where attention to detail is crucial.

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Skills you'll gain whilst studying an English Literature degree

There are plenty of transferable skills you'll learn whilst studying English Literature, our graduates graduate with skills that are highly sought after in todays job market. Alongside the ability to write and to speak well, and to synthesise information effectively, our degrees provide you with;

  • time management and self-discipline skills
  • oral and written communication skills;
  • problem-solving abilities, including careful analytical evaluation;
  • critical thinking and assessment skills, including the ability to self-consciously examine your own and others’ writings;
  • independent and flexible thinking;
  • and an ability to synthesise, absorb and critique multiple and conflicting sources of information.

These skills you learn whilst studying English Literature can lead you into a range of different career paths. Some career paths you might want to consider include:

  • primary / secondary school educator;
  • academic librarian;
  • arts administrator;
  • archivist;
  • civil service;
  • librarian; 
  • proof-reader;
  • editorial assistant;
  • journalist;
  • public relations;
  • web content writer; 
  • advertising copywriter;
  • academia;
  • and creative writing.

Our Research in English Literature

Our teaching and supervision are based on world-leading research and creative practice. We have research strengths in medieval and early modern literature; the history of the book and publishing; and Welsh Writing in English. Our research reaches an international audience while engaging closely with our local environment and collections, including the university’s outstanding archives. In the most recent REF, our research was ranked 14th in the UK for world-leading publications.

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