About the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

A highly successful school with a long and prestigious history, each year we attract excellent students from around the world to study on our degrees. The result is a dynamic creative community of around 1000 students. All our students are united by their dedication to the study of language and their interest in critical and creative thinking.

Student satisfaction

Consistently excellent, the quality of our teaching and the opportunities and facilities available to students have been reflected by strong performances in the National Student Survey. As has been the case over many years, in the 2015 survey, 91% of all our 3rd year students were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their course.

The successes of former students gives us further evidence of the quality of work done in our school. We know that once they graduate, our alumni go on to have highly successful careers, in the arts, business, education, the law and public service. These professions all require them to draw deeply on the skills, experience and knowledge gained while studying with us.

You can find out more about our students, both past and present.

Research expertise

Supporting the work of students, and leading the UK with their cutting-edge scholarship is a team of more than 50 talented, committed and ambitious academic staff.

Our research is ranked 3rd in the UK (from 89).

At the same time as they are teaching undergraduates and postgraduates all the school’s lecturing staff are:

  • working on articles and papers
  • producing scholarly monographs
  • making films
  • or writing poetry, fiction or pieces for the stage

You can find out more about the school’s research work, and the achievements and publications of staff.

Our degrees

We offer some of the most diverse and flexible degrees in the country. Find out about our: