Study English with us and you will develop sought-after critical and writing skills.

32nd in the world for English

QS World Rankings by Subject 2018

Analysing world-changing writing from medieval epics to the latest contemporary fiction and poetry can take you into a wide range of careers within the media, creative industries and beyond.

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The teaching was excellent, the module choices suited me perfectly, and there were countless opportunities to get involved with the life of the department and scholarly networks across London and beyond.
— Charlie Pullen, English MA (2016) - now a PhD student

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School of English and Drama

The School of English and Drama provides a first-class learning environment - the Departments of Drama and English are in the top 35 in the world (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018). And you’ll learn from leading experts: Drama is ranked first and English fifth in the UK for research quality (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

We are a large school, with lots of specialist staff, so you can study the topics that interest you. You’ll have tailored support, including individual feedback on your work, and there are opportunities to contribute to student publications.

We regularly host prominent writers and performers, and collaborate with high-profile organisations such as the V&A, the Barbican, the Southbank Centre and Shakespeare’s Globe.

The School runs several innovative research centres, including the Centre for Poetry; the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies; the Centre for Religion and Literature in English; and the Sexual Cultures Research Group.