The Department of English at our Manchester Campus is a large and vibrant community of around forty internationally renowned writers and critics. The department is home to the Manchester Writing School, run under the creative direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies. We pride ourselves on providing outstanding teaching quality: 84% of our BA students achieved first or 2:1 degrees in 2013, and we have achieved a 94% student satisfaction rating in the teaching category of the National Student Survey for two years running.
While giving our students a solid grounding in the traditional core of the subject, our BA degree courses adopt a modern and innovative approach to the study of English. As well as our main Single Honours English degree, we offer Joint Honours degrees in English and American Literature, English and Creative Writing and English and Film and Combined Honours degrees in English and History, English and Social History, English and Linguistics, English and Languages, English and TEFL, English and Education, English and Politics, English and Philosophy, and English and Sociology. All strands of our degree programmes offer the opportunity to study abroad for a term.
Beyond our degree programmes, the Department of English fosters a vibrant and creative academic community, hosting public reading events with guest authors, including the biennial Manchester Children’s Book Festival. Research seminars and conferences provide dynamic forums for the debate of cutting-edge global concerns. Partnerships with many of Manchester’s major cultural and educational venues, and our own Manchester Creative Learning Network, offer placement and work experience opportunities to students through ambitious, outward-facing projects and activities. We also offer a range of short courses, residentials and summer schools.
Find out more about studying in the Department of English in our Student and Graduate Profiles.