School of English

About the School of English

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The School of English has a range of undergraduate, masters and distance learning courses and opportunities for postgraduate research.

Key areas of undergraduate study:

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

Example postgraduate topics:

  • 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

See our Teaching and Learning webpages for more about our teaching.


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

Our research centres, expertise and projects

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 attracted staff from across Europe, North America and the UK. 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 coordinates the personal tutor system. Staff and students meet regularly through the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Learning Community Forums. 

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Ranked 9th by Research Power

Our ranking of 9th by 'research power' in REF2021 recognises the outstanding expertise and commitment to excellence across the school, and is a measure of the research and engagement partnerships we have developed nationally and internationally.

View our REF Results

School of English

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

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5900