School of English

Postgraduate Virtual Open Days

30 November – 5 December

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32nd in the world for English Language and Literature

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

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Leeds to lead new survey of English dialects

A comprehensive study of England’s dialects is to be undertaken following a substantial National Lottery Heritage Fund award.

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Creative Writing at Leeds

Discover our courses and supportive community for aspiring new authors.

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Coronavirus (covid-19)

We know that many people are understandably anxious about the current Coronavirus outbreak, and we are taking further measures to address your concerns, to protect your health and wellbeing, and to ensure that learning can continue.

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School of English

Welcome to the School of English, where a long and distinguished history meets innovative teaching and research. We’re a diverse and supportive community characterised by our curiosity, creativity, and academic excellence. Together we explore a rich variety of subject areas, producing research of national and international significance.

As a student in our School, you’ll benefit from our wide-ranging expertise and pioneering research will be at the heart of your studies. With our extensive resources, specialist facilities, and supportive staff members you’ll have everything you need to become a confident and independent scholar.

We are also home to the University of Leeds Poetry Centre which combines research, teaching and public engagement to inspire excellence in the creative practice and study of poetry.

Studying with us

Discover the incredible breadth of English literature, language, theatre and creative writing. Tailor your studies or combine them with another subject to suit your interests.

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Explore your interests in greater depth and develop your own academic identity. Blend specialist taught modules with independent research, and gain advanced transferable skills.

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Undertake extensive independent research and make a valuable contribution to your chosen field. Gain in-depth knowledge and benefit from dedicated development opportunities.

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Top 10

University for research power in the UK

Research Excellence Framework 2014


in the UK for English

The Complete University Guide 2020

Top 35

in the world for English Language and Literature

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020