English at the University of Leicester

We are internationally recognised for excellence in both teaching and research. Our academics are constantly pursuing innovative approaches to literature and, as one of our students, you can benefit from being taught by the very people who are leading their fields.

Due to the wealth of experience that our academics offer, you will have the option to explore English literature in every period. To complement such an impressive breadth of knowledge, you will have the opportunity to produce a dissertation; likewise, a variety of special subjects will allow you to add depth of understanding in those subjects that you find most fascinating. Taking English as part of a Major/Minor combination can also give you access to the full range of topics within your chosen specialism. With over 25 full-time academic staff, we work across all areas of English, from the development of slang to the literature of nineteenth-century science and medicine, and from Old English to new writing from the Caribbean. Particularly strong areas of expertise include creative writing, and the literature of the Renaissance and Victorian periods.

We pride ourselves on our accessibility and friendliness. Our pastoral care system is first-rate, and feedback and participation are encouraged through the Student-Staff Committee, where lecturers and student representatives from all years meet to discuss the issues that affect you. The English Society, run by students, arranges numerous events, including theatre trips, creative-writing workshops, and an annual ball.