University of Birmingham
English Literature with Shakespeare BA (Hons)
University of Birmingham

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 85 graduates of English Literature with Shakespeare BA (Hons) at University of Birmingham for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in English Studies (Non-Specific).

Overall student satisfaction
73 /100
85 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in English Studies (Non-Specific)

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of English Studies (Non-Specific) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24000 £23500 £29000
25-75 percentile range £21000 - £26000 £19500 - £28000 £24000 - £35000

Salary of all UK Graduates of English Studies (Non-Specific)

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24021 £21921 £25778
25-75 percentile range £20021 - £27009 £16806 - £26546 £19635 - £31954

Course Description

Studying an English degree will enable you to explore past and present cultures and societies, through a wide range of perspectives and in a variety of different literary genres.

At the University of Birmingham, our internationally renowned academic staff have a huge range of literary specialisms across the full historical range to the present day. Our undergraduate programme offers you an exciting core programme in English Literature, while also giving you the opportunity to specialise in the works of Shakespeare in each year of your degree. You will have access to unparalleled resources for the study of Shakespeare, through our world-leading Shakespeare Institute, not only looking at the poetry and plays of Shakespeare himself, but how these works have been interpreted, reworked and reimagined by diverse audiences.

Why study this course?

Top 30 world ranking – English Language and Literature at the University of Birmingham is ranked 30th in the QS World Subject Rankings 2022, as well as ranking 10th in the Guardian University Guide 2022. ) Get on board with the bard – where better to study Shakespeare than in the town where he was born! Make use of our internationally renowned Shakespeare Institute based in Stratford-upon-Avon and collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and take part in fun and interactive study trips, such as workshops with RSC practitioners, talks from RSC staff, RSC theatre trips and visits to the RSC Collections. Guest lectures - you will be able to enjoy regular guest lectures and readings from visiting writers. Past guests have included Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, poet Simon Armitage and theatre director Greg Doran.

Top 10 for English in the Guardian University Guide 2022

Top 30 for English Language and Literature in the QS World Subject Rankings 2022

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of English Literature with Shakespeare BA (Hons) at University of Birmingham

18% Managers, directors and senior officials
16% Finance Professionals
16% Finance Professionals
15% Customer service occupations
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Legal professionals
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
4% Administrative occupations
4% Sales occupations
2% Elementary occupations

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

31-30 overall or 665-655 in 3 HL subjects.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 6.0)
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study English Literature with Shakespeare, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees English Literature with Shakespeare BA (Hons)

Ireland £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1

Additional fee information

For details of the annual tuition fee for International Students please see the course web page listed in the 'course details' section above.

If you are made an offer to study by the University, the yearly tuition fee will be stated in your offer letter.

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of University of Birmingham in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Birmingham in related subject specific rankings.

Languages & Literature

    • #8 
    • #11 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

See all 38 university rankings of University of Birmingham

About University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is a research university based in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. The university’s aim is to be at the cutting edge of educational delivery, and to have their curriculum be continually reshaped by new revelations in research. The main campus is situated a reasonable three miles away from Birmingham city centre, which doesn’t take long to get to via bus if the student decides they’d like to spend some of their free time there.

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