Regent’s admits 5-6 undergraduates a year for the single honours English course. The English course is incredibly broad and wide-ranging, covering the entire spectrum of literature from Old English to the 21st century.
The English Language and Literature course is one of the broadest in the country, giving you the chance to study writing in English from its origins in Anglo-Saxon England to the literature of the 20th and early 21st centuries. As well as British literature, you can study works written in English from other parts of the world. The course also allows you a considerable degree of choice about the topics you would like to concentrate on.
Studying literature at Oxford involves the development of sophisticated reading skills and of an ability to place literary texts in their wider intellectual and historical contexts. It also requires you to consider the critical processes by which you analyse and judge, to learn about literary form and technique, and to study the development of the English language. Regent’s typically admits five to six students in English each year.
When applying are students asked to submit written work?
Yes, all candidates are required to submit one recent example of writing. Preferably it should be an analytical discussion of a topic or topics in the field of English literature though an English language topic is permissible.
Do I need to sit a test?
Yes, all candidates must take the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT), normally at their own school or college.
What can a first year student expect to study?
Introduction to Literary Studies; Literature of the 20th and 21st centuries; Victorian Literature; Introduction to Medieval Studies.
How are students in English mainly taught?
Tutorials, paired tutorials; whole year classes, where appropriate.
How close is Regent’s to the English Faculty and the faculty libraries and resources?
10 minute walk
What proportion of the teaching is done by Regent’s tutors and fellows?
The bulk of teaching is done by Regent’s four tutors: Dr Julian Thompson, Dr Mark Atherton, Dr Lynn Robson, and Dr Richard Lawes. Between them they cover all of English literature from the 8th century to the present day.
What do the students say?
“Our tutors see their teaching as their first priority, rather than an inconvenience.”
“There is a strong sense at Regent’s that students can and should lead discussion in tutorials, and we are always able to follow our own interests. Furthermore, the tutors at Regent’s strike an excellent balance, challenging students to perform at their best.”