BA (Hons) English Literature and Religion

BA (Hons) English Literature and Religion

On this varied and flexible joint honours degree your learning will never be confined to academic theory. We always relate the topics we discuss back to issues which affect peoples lives. In your Religion modules this means tackling complex and sometimes controversial issues which can be approached through religion and theology, such as:

  • Wealth and poverty
  • Relationships between races and genders
  • The influence of the media
  • The role of ethics in life and death decisions
  • Environmental issues
  • The morality of war.

We see theology not as just an abstract concept but as something rooted in the realities of everyday life, and our search for meaning within it.

In English Literature we believe that words matter. Books have and will continue to change the world, and we explore texts in the context of the societies and cultures which surround them. You will go beyond the traditional canon of literature to study texts from many different genres and contexts. You will engage with classic texts, but may also find yourself reading:

  • Native American writing
  • Prison narratives
  • Radical poetry
  • LGBTQIA+ rights literature
  • Experimental writing
  • Literature of the Caribbean.

Field trips, guest speakers and events will enhance your learning throughout your degree. You will also have the opportunity to take part in workshops, writing sessions and readings through the York Literature Festival.

We are committed to helping you gain professional skills and experience, which is why this course includes a dedicated employability module. This allows you to gain work experience in a setting relevant to your career goals.

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

Through this degree you will learn to think in an empathetic and critical way. You will also gain valuable skills in writing, analytical thinking, time management, problem solving, and public speaking.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Ministry or interfaith work
  • Social services
  • Charity and community projects
  • Publishing
  • Editing and copywriting
  • Marketing and PR

Course Details

Year 1

Studying Religion
Introduction to Literary Studies 1
Introduction to Literary Studies 2
Philosophy and Religion
World Christianity
Writing, Research and Literature
Global Islam
The Story of the Bible
Values and Virtues: Ethics and Religion
Foundations of Christian Theology
Theorising Literature: Power and Identity

Year 2

Work Related Learning
Literature at Work
From Descartes to the Death of God
Matters of Life and Death
Problems of Evil
Religion and Literature
Religion and Politics
Theology and the Environment
Religious Mapping
Literary Theory
Civil War to Civil Society: British Literature, 1640-1740
Science Fiction for Survival
Mapping America
Conflicting Words
Gothic, Romanticism and Revolution
Sick Novels: Literature and Disease
Shakespeare: Perspectives

Year 3

Religion and Myth
Religion and Genocides
Negotiated Study 1 and 2
Religion in the Public Sphere
Religion and Globalisation
Feminist Ethics and Religion
Religion and Visual Culture
Great Philosophical Texts
Spirituality and Public Life
Theology and Ethics through Film
The Victorian Novel: Realism, Sensation, Naturalism
The Experimental Century: Cultural Change in the Twentieth Century
Gothic Origins
The Making of Modern Drama
Research Now I and II
American Radicals: Outside the Canon
Writing the Caribbean
Cultures of the Now: Contemporary Writing
Gender and Sexualities

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