School of English

35th in the world for English Language and Literature

(QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018)

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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

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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.



in the UK for student experience

The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018


most targeted by top UK employers

The Graduate Market in 2018


in the UK for English

The Complete University Guide 2019