The School of English is renowned for the excellence of its research and teaching in all areas of English literature, from the Medieval period to the contemporary.
As well as receiving research skills training as part of the degree, students will have the opportunity to explore a diverse range of literary genres and to investigate textual and critical issues involved in the study of literature in their cultural and historical context.
Authors and areas to be studied on team-taught period-specific modules may include: Daniel Defoe, Jane Austen and the novel; Lord Byron and Romantic poetry; Oscar Wilde and Victorian and fin-de-siécle literature; James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Modernism; D.H. Lawrence and regional literature; and a range of contemporary poets and novelists, such as Ian McEwan, Paul Muldoon, Alice Oswald, and Derek Walcott.
We have a first-rate, international reputation for outstanding teaching and research, as demonstrated by our School's current UK and world rankings. The School of English was ranked 7th for English in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 and 9th in the UK for 'research power' (REF 2014).