School of English

This is English at Nottingham

Think you know English? Think again.

At Nottingham, we go beyond books. Our huge range of specialisms, in everything from drama to Old English runes, means you might just be surprised where a love of reading can take you. 

What our students say


We are... 

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Second-year student Izzy explains why she loves writing for Impact, our official student magazine.

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Treasure hunters

Gregory shares how viewing our handwritten DH Lawrence manuscripts and letters helped him connect to the author.

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Emily talks about how a mentor helped her, and why she is now a Peer Mentor herself.

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Book lovers

Anna explains how her course has developed her love for reading.

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A little bit Viking

Charlotte shares her unexpected love for Viking studies.

Matteo Everett, MA Creative Writing student


Matteo on how critiquing the work of others makes him a better writer.

Rosie Sutherland


Rosie discusses how she has been able to explore her love of theatre.

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Michael explains how analysing a corpus led him to study what he most enjoys.

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Tereza explains why she loves being part of the Nottingham Poetry Exchange.

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Maddi talks about being an editor on The LanderMag.


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A word from Dr Chris Collins, Associate Professor of Drama


Chris-Collins120x150So you’re all here because you have a shared love of English – whether that be through reading, writing, performing, or studying the language side of things (or maybe all four!). 

As you might expect, our staff are all prolific readers themselves, and the academic team are made up of published writers, poets and linguists. This means you will be supported by, and learning from, people with real-world publishing experience.   

During your secondary level studies, you might have read one book a term, or even for the whole year. At university, it’s a little different. Your reading will vary from module to module, but you will typically be reading a book a week, or maybe a shorter play, or a sonnet, or reading an essay about language in different contexts. You’ll then discuss this in small seminar groups, in a relaxed and friendly surrounding. 

We aim to introduce you to all that English has to offer, meaning you could encounter everything from Beowulf to Star Wars! This is because we have five key pathways, which students have the opportunity to try during first year. They are: 

  • English Language and Applied Linguistics
  • Drama and Performance 
  • Creative Writing*
  • Literature, 1500 to the Present 
  • Medieval Languages and Literatures

The idea is that you study modules from each of these areas, potentially discovering skills and interests you didn’t even know you had! You can then continue studying the areas you love the most in your second and third years, further tailoring your degree. 

*Joint honours students do not take Creative Writing modules. You can still get creative through working on the Letters Page journal, writing for Impact magazine, joining the Creative Writing society, or writing for our blogs. See the Write, create, perform webpage for more.


School of English

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The University of Nottingham
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