English and American Studies

BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you want to study how the different history and cultures of two countries with a shared language have produced two fascinating literary canons, with the option of spending a year abroad at an American university.

Course Description

Over the course of this degree you will discover the unique identities of English and American literature and how the cultures of each country have affected their literary heritage. English studies will begin in the Renaissance and advance your knowledge of the period's great drama, prose and poetry. Your English studies will continue through to modern day literature with stops along the way in the Victorian, Romantic and Modern periods. Your American Studies modules will introduce you to a history and literary tradition characterised by independence and growth.

The modules offer a sound education in each topic and complement each other with a stimulating mix of English and American literature and American history and film. The English courses give students a full history of English, from Shakespeare to the 21st century as well as an introduction to a variety of critical approaches. The American courses offer an exciting combination of American literature, film and history.

The breadth of the modules that we offer will take you in unexpected directions and allow you to focus on your own areas of interest - particularly in your third year when you will be able to choose from a vast range of option modules.

We understand the importance of experience for both academic and personal growth so our English and American Studies degree can be taken as a three-year programme or (subject to academic performance in your first and second years) as a four-year programme with a year abroad at one of our 35 partner universities in the USA and Canada.

Key Facts
Typical offer
UCAS code
Start date
October 2016
English, American Studies

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Why Leicester?

Literary Leicester, our annual festival of local and international talent, has attracted such notable authors as Sue Townsend, Carol Anne Duffy, Will Self, Amitav Ghosh, Jacqueline Wilson and Sarah Waters.

Our employability modules give you experience in areas such as teaching and publishing.

Our student drama society LUTheatre presents a programme of new and classic works every year. New writers can see their work performed at the popular Proteus nights.

Our teaching methods mean you will be taught in small seminar groups of about 12, an ideal size for detailed discussion of texts.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

Your time will be divided equally between English and American Studies. English modules will introduce you to the various ways of interpreting and analysing literary texts, and the history of the novel. Your American Studies modules will cover the most recognisable literature from across the Atlantic and outline the themes and values that epitomise American literature.


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

You will continue to split your time equally between English and American Studies. You will be able to explore the complex history of ethnicity and diversity in America and consider how it has impacted on the country's literature, whilst in your English modules you will discuss the various theories that have emerged trying to explain our relationship with art and literature.


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad (optional)

Year Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

English at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you attend one of these, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities: 

American Studies at Leicester also has links with some universities in the United States. There is no monthly grant when you attend one of these universities, however if you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:














New York

North Carolina







We also have two partners in Canada

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

You will conclude your journey through English literature with modules covering the Romantic, Victorian, modern and contemporary eras. The remainder of your modules will be optional with a vast array of modules from which to choose. Your dissertation presents a chance to explore an area of English or American Studies in depth.

Core modules

Plus your dissertation

Option modules

Choose one or two option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Major/Minor Degrees

Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).

Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

Find out more

Teaching and Assessment


For each module you will typically have one or two lectures and a seminar each week. Alongside these events will be a number of additional sessions, such as workshops on research and study skills, learning groups, introduced film screenings, and scheduled personal tutor meetings. Lectures are designed to introduce you to important background information for understanding a text, theme, or author. Weekly seminars, in which a tutor leads a small group of students in discussion, will allow you to explore a text or topic in greater depth, developing your own responses in active conversation with your tutor and peers.

For your third-year dissertation you receive one-to-one tuition across the term from a tutor with expertise in your chosen subject.


You will be assessed by range of different methods, in order to reflect the number of different skills you will acquire. You will be assigned a combination of essays, group-work projects, oral presentations, reviews, portfolios, and exams. These assessments are designed to help you build confidence in a range of areas and to provide prospective employers with evidence that you can work effectively both as an independent researcher and as a team member. Your final degree result will be based on the work you do in the second and third years of your degree.

You will have regular meetings with your Personal Tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your Personal Tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB at A-Level including English (Language, Literature or combined). Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB at A-Level including English (Language, Literature or combined) + EPQ at grade B. Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, including 6 in Higher Level English
  • Access to HE Diploma: An overall pass (i.e. 60 credits), with at least 45 credits at level 3, including some at Distinction.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM and English A-level or equivalent. Please contact department regarding eligibility.

Other national and international qualifications considered.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

Applicants are not normally interviewed: If you receive and offer you will be invited to visit the department. 

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2017

    • £9,250 in your first year. After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations. (RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)
    • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.


  • Starting in 2017

    • £15,290 per year

    Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,822.50 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.

    A travel scholarship of up to £400 is available in your second year to help you broaden your understanding of particular aspects of American Studies. Many students use the funding to enhance their dissertation research but it is not a compulsory part of your course.

Career Opportunities

The University’s annual Festival of Careers is a four day event that attracts graduate employers from across a wide variety of sectors and industries. This is the perfect opportunity for you to think about where your degree will take you and gain face-to-face time with employers.

The growth of the global market means that many jobs in the public and private sectors have an international and often a transatlantic dimension. Employers are looking for independence, creativity, maturity and a broad cultural outlook, all of which are provided through the course.

Our final-year module 'English and Education' provides practical teaching experience with a placement in a local school. You can also gain direct experience in the publishing industry with the module 'Transcultural Writing and the Publishing Industry', also in your final year.


Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
English and American Studies BA 3 years full-time QT37 Apply Now
English and American Studies with Year Abroad BA 4 years full-time QT37 Apply Now
English and American Studies
3 years full-time
English and American Studies with Year Abroad
4 years full-time