English literature

At the University of Surrey we are ranked in the top 10 for creative writing in the Complete University Guide 2019 and top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. But there are so many more reasons to study or research English literature here.

Our School of Literature and Languages is home to international recognised research. Our research groups include the Women’s Writing Research Group, the Literature, Creative Writing and Film Research Group, the Research Centre for Mobilities in Literature and Culture, and the Shakespeare and Performance research group.

There’s always something exciting happening in our School of Literature and Languages. In the last year Dr Lucy Ella Rose, Lecturer in Victorian Literature, gave a talk on artist and suffragist Mary Watts; Internationally renowned writer and film-maker Iain Sinclair became our Distinguished Writer-in-Residence; we celebrated 10 years of English literature at Surrey; and we hosted the Surrey New Writers Festival. Several our graduates are now published writers, including Jack Probyn, Stewart Ferris and Clare Holt.

A degree in English literature can lead to a wide range of careers. Our Professional Training placement programme gives our students the opportunity to experience working in their chosen field. Leo Blanchard did his placement at Microsoft UK, Rosie Sparrow did hers at VisitEngland and Hannah Roberts-Owen worked at IBM.

Not only have our staff explained the top five reasons to study or research at Surrey, but Lecturer in creative writing, Paul Vlitos discussed Guildford’s literary history and explained how our English courses tie in with the rich culture that surrounds our university.

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