School of English

About the School of English



The School of English has a range of Undergraduate, Masters and Distance Learning courses and opportunities for postgraduate research.

Undergraduate Key areas of study:

  • Literature, 1500 - the present
  • English language and applied linguistics
  • Drama and performance
  • Medieval languages and literatures
  • Creative writing

Post-graduate example topics covered:

  • creative writing
  • drama of all periods, with a particular focus on drama as performance;
  • English language and applied linguistics;
  • historical language study including place-names;
  • literatures in English from the Anglo-Saxons to the present day (including the local authors Byron and Lawrence and the literary and coterie practices of the Cavendish family);
  • Old Norse and Viking Studies.

Please see our Teaching and Learning webpages for information about our innovative and wide-ranging teaching.


Academic staff are research-active and involved in advanced teaching and supervision, with many academic staff being internationally renowned authorities in their fields.

Read more about our research projects, expertise and centres and institute.

Diverse Community

The School has students from all over the world including international and exchange students from Spain, Italy, Germany, the USA, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Brazil and across the Middle East.

International Reputation

The School has an international reputation, and has attracted staff from across Europe, North America and the UK - we can promise that you will be taught by some interesting people. Teaching on final-year undergraduate modules and Masters courses is informed by the research interests of staff members. Our staff webpages have more information about our staff and areas of teaching and research expertise.

Student Support

The School offers a very supportive environment for students, with a well-established personal tutor system and peer mentoring support.

The School has a Disability Liaison Officer and Senior Tutor, who co-ordinates the personal tutor system.  Staff and students meet regularly through the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Learning Community Forums. 

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REF 2014

The School of English is delighted to have retained its place in the top 10 universities for research into English.

Its ranking of 9th by 'research power' is particularly pleasing, as it recognizes the strength and depth of research excellence that exists right across the School, and over an exceptionally diverse range of subjects. Read more...


School of English

Trent Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5900
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 5924