School of English

Areas of study

Studying English at Nottingham opens up a rich and rewarding learning experience, with our distinctive courses offering the chance to expand your understanding of 'English' through encounters with prose, poetry and drama from the medieval period to the present; to explore the workings of language in literature and in society; and to develop your own creative writing.

Our students can, in the course of a day, find themselves reading and discussing the oldest English texts and considering the influences of radically different value systems, tracing contemporary English usage and its sociological significance, developing models of performance to reflect different spaces and audiences, and writing about developments in the modern novel.

Listen to our staff talking about the areas of study you can discover studying English at Nottingham.

Creative writing

Dr Lila Matsumoto talks about how a text is approached in Creative Writing.


Drama and Performance

Dr Peter Kirwan describes how texts are approached in Drama. 


English Language and Applied Linguistics

Professor Kathy Conklin talks about language as a textural object of study, looking at language science and sociolinguistics.


Literature, 1500 - the Present

Dr Vicky Sparrow explores how we might approach a text when studying Literature


Medieval Languages and Literatures

Learn more about Dr Jo Martin and Professor Judith Jesch.

Dr Christina Lee responds to the questions “What is a Text” by looking at the medieval period.



Innervate is an online journal in the School of English and has the very best work produced by our final-year undergraduate students to showcase the creativity and intellectual dynamism that exists at the heart of what we do as researchers, teachers and students of English.  

Learn more about Innervate.


School of English

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