School of English
9th in the UK for English
The Complete University Guide 2023Our international reputation
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.Find out more
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.
The School of English is actively working to build a diverse and inclusive school community that supports all staff and students. Our Equality and Inclusion Lead is Professor Fiona Becket. Acess staff and student resources and find out more about our current projects.
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.More on Undergraduate
Explore your interests in greater depth and develop your own academic identity. Blend specialist taught modules with independent research, and gain advanced transferable skills.More on Masters
Undertake extensive independent research and make a valuable contribution to your chosen field. Gain in-depth knowledge and benefit from dedicated development opportunities.More on Research degrees
"world leading" or "internationally excellent"
Submitted research outputs - REF 2021
in the UK for English
The Complete University Guide 2023
in the world for English Language and Literature
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023
When it comes to research, our activities are enormously varied. Our staff and students have interests that span centuries, cross continents, and bridge disciplines.
Exploring our subject in this way means that we have a huge breadth and depth of expertise to offer our students, our local community, and the wider world beyond.
Creative Writing at Leeds
Discover our practical courses and supportive academic community for aspiring new authors. You’ll benefit from partnerships with lkley Literature Festival, Leeds Playhouse, Leeds Grand Theatre, University of Leeds Poetry Centre and the School of Night (led by national Poet Laureate Professor Simon Armitage). We also support a thriving range of events and workshops with visiting writers.
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