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Literature, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 28 days
University rank #3 (WUR) Cambridge, United Kingdom
The Literature programme at the University of Cambridge attracts a mix of students of all ages, from the widely read to keen beginners, to study world-renowned poets, playwrights and novelists.
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With an emphasis on small group teaching, close attention to the text, and radical inquiry into why literature matters, enthusiastic lecturers draw on writings of many different kinds and periods to offer a rich variety of voices and approaches.

Intended audience and previous knowledge

The Literature programme at the University of Cambridge welcome those coming from any background with a real commitment to the subject. 

Many courses offer introductions to new subject areas, others are a little more specialised. Classes allow for close and continuing discussion, and you will be expected to have done substantial preparatory reading before you arrive.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 28 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The plays of Tom Stoppard Dr G Frederick Parker
  • Reading Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse and A Room of One's Own Dr Claire Nicholson
  • Tears and laughter: Samuel Beckett and Irish comic fiction Dr Andy Wimbush
  • Passion and repression in English fiction: Jane Austen's Mansfield Park and D H Lawrence's Lady Chatterley’s Lover

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • The programme welcomes applications from all adults including university students, professionals and those with other experience, regardless of educational background. 
  • Gap year students (ie those who will already have finished high school by the start of the programmes) will be considered for admission. 
  • Due to the nature and location of the programmes, gap year students under 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian acting as a chaperone. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1400 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1400 GBP per module and a duration of 28 days.
  • EU/EEA

    1400 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1400 GBP per module and a duration of 28 days.
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Tuition fees for each term are £1,400

Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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