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    • Undertake bespoke work placements in creative industries, marketing, publishing, archives or healthcare communication
    • Study abroad in one of 11 different countries as part of your course
    • Nottingham is a UNESCO City of Literature with a vibrant creative scene for drama and original writing

Why study English at Nottingham?

Studying English at Nottingham will give you the unique opportunity of being able to explore the broadest range of areas in English offered in the country within a single degree programme, including the following areas of study:

  • Literature, 1500 to the present
  • English Language and Applied Linguistics
  • Medieval Languages and Literatures
    Drama and Performance
  • Creative writing

The opportunity to combine this wide-ranging study of prose, poetry, drama and language, and creative writing if you wish, makes Nottingham an exciting choice. Regardless of whether you have studied English language or literature, or both, at A level, we find that our students really thrive on the opportunity to engage with these diverse areas of English, and to develop their own combination of interests as they progress through their degree.

The range of options increases year on year so you can begin to specialise and take an increasingly in-depth approach in particular areas. Final-year options correspond to the research interests of the staff who teach them, so you can benefit from their expertise at the cutting edge of the discipline.

You’ll come to Nottingham to study what you love – English – but while you are here we will also give you lots of encouragement to develop the vital employability skills that you will need once you leave university.

The School of English and the University offer support and expertise as you make the transition to the next stage of your career, providing many opportunities to enhance your CV such as: 

  • Taking part in extra-curricular opportunities from literacy volunteering in local schools to work-related learning placements with regional employer partners
  • Developing your key communication, research and team-working skills in your English modules
  • Writing for School, University or student publications like Impact magazine and the School of English blog, Words on Words.
  • Developing your writing, performance and critical skills through the many creative opportunities we offer

An English degree from Nottingham will give you a distinct advantage in the graduate job market. Discover what our graduates think about the benefits of studying English with us and where it can take you.


How will I study?

You will take a combination of core and optional modules, focusing on two or more areas of study in the School of English depending on the course. You will have a wide choice of final-year options to suit particular personal interests; these are inspired by the research interests of the staff who teach them and you will benefit from their expertise at the cutting edge of the discipline.

You will be taught using a variety of methods, including seminars, lectures, workshops and small-group tutorials, accompanied by resources and activities in our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Staff also offer individual consultations for one-to-one discussion about your work and progress.

The opportunity to discuss ideas and coursework directly with your tutors is an integral part of your studies at Nottingham and can be one of the most rewarding aspects of your learning. Whether by giving feedback on essay drafts or discussing the results of an assessment, the School is committed to helping you work to the best of your ability.

Student Support

You will have a personal tutor who is a member of academic staff, whom you will get to know through individual tutorials and small group teaching sessions in year one. As well as dealing with academic concerns and supporting your career development, your tutor is there to talk over any personal issues affecting your studies, and can be a valuable source of advice and support. In addition, the University offers a wide range of other academic and welfare services, including specialist learning and disability support, child-care, counselling and careers advice.



Our graduates are among the best in the country and move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers. Some go into media work (publishing, TV research or journalism), marketing, law, accountancy or librarianship. Others become school teachers, teachers of English as a foreign language or university lecturers, while our well-developed links to the creative industries and the heritage and tourism sector provide great opportunities for students wishing to work in those areas.

Five years after graduation, Nottingham English graduates earned on average £29,700, which is the third highest earnings for English graduates at any UK university (behind only Oxford and Cambridge) and £5,681 higher than the median for all universities. Nottingham was also 3rd in the Russell Group with earnings £2,959 above the Russell Group median.*

* Department for Education Longitudinal Education Outcomes data 2017

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers
(Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2017, High Fliers Research).

To enhance their employability students may have the opportunity to take part in bespoke placement and volunteering activities. These opportunities are designed to bridge the gap between academic interests and the world of work, and may be in sectors such as publishing, heritage, marketing, education, the third sector, and more.

For more information, please visit: www.nottingham.ac.uk/english/careers


Study abroad

The School has overseas campuses in China and Malaysia which you can visit, and also exchange agreements with a number of institutions worldwide through the Universitas 21 network and Erasmus programme. Every year a number of our students spend a semester of their second year abroad and this can be a life-changing experience for them. Overseas study destinations include Auckland, Hong Kong, Connecticut, Helsinki, Heidelberg, Venice and Oslo.

For more information, please visit: www.nottingham.ac.uk/english/studyabroad

Nottingham has the highest number of any UK university on outward mobility under Erasmus.*

* Erasmus student and staff numbers by institution, Erasmus+ 2014.


Application and interview

Offers are usually made without interview. Students with non-standard entry requirements, including mature students, may be invited to an interview.  

Open days

All candidates who receive an offer are invited to an Offer Holder visit day, which are usually held from late January to March. You are also welcome to visit at other times – please contact us or visit our open day pages for the dates.

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