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The School of English is one of the largest of its kind in the UK. The school was established in 1881 and has a long history of rich and vibrant research culture and teaching excellence.

All postgraduate students in the school join a lively and thriving postgraduate community.

You are offered opportunities in library and IT training, participation in the fortnightly school postgraduate research seminars, lectures by visiting academics, opportunities to participate in specialist research reading groups, and in-sessional support for international students.

Our postgraduates benefit from the school’s specialist research centres and institute:

All academic staff are active researchers and internationally renowned authorities in their field. Seminars, workshops and conferences are organised regularly by the school.

A Graduate Centre for postgraduate students in the Arts and Social Sciences is available on the first floor of Highfield House on the University Park Campus. The centre offers a programme of training and support largely led by academics in the faculty with experience in skills development.  The centre is accessible 24/7, and has dedicated computer work stations for graduate students, a social area with informal seating and areas where students can work individually or in groups. Students also have access to a small seminar room and kitchen facilities. 

The Hallward Library has excellent provision of books, periodicals and online resources in all aspects of English studies, with some notable special collections relating to the school’s research, and manuscripts and special collections in custom-built premises. The school also has new laboratory space to support areas of research in applied linguistics.

The school is home to the English Place-Name Society library and archive, and to the five-million CANCODE corpus of spoken English. There is also a rich library of resources at the University of Nottingham, including:

  • a large collection of manuscripts from the 12th to the 15th centuries
  • extensive holdings in Old and Middle English, Old Icelandic, Viking Studies and Runology
  • DH Lawrence archive
  • Portland Library Collection
  • Cambridge Drama Collection
  • a rich collection of 1930s theatre materials
  • access to locally held Byron collections

We have been awarded major research grants from research councils, including the British Academy, and the Leverhulme Trust to pursue research projects, some collaboratively, with biology, computer science, geography, history, humanities, the medical school, pharmacy, and psychology.

The University offers careers support for all masters students including postgraduate internships and bespoke placements and volunteering opportunities within the School of English.

University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers – ranked in the top 10 in The Graduate Market 2013-2019, High Fliers Research.


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