The School of English at the University of Kent has an international reputation and a lively research culture. The expertise within the department ranges from the medieval to the postmodern including; British, American and Irish literature, postcolonial writing, 18th-century studies, Shakespeare, early modern literature and culture, Victorian studies, modern poetry, critical theory, and cultural history. The international reputation of the School ensures that we have a highly developed research culture and a vibrant intellectual community. The School also counts a number of highly acclaimed creative writers among its staff, many of whom are both critics and widely published authors of novels, short stories, or collections of poetry. We actively explore crossovers between creative and critical writing in all our areas of teaching and research.
The School of English is research intensive and the wide ranging specialisms within the department are represented in the choice of Master’s programmes and module choices. The courses on offer are taught by experts in their field and bring together dynamic research and excellent teaching. As a postgraduate within the school you will be part of a diverse and thriving academic environment which allows you to develop your academic skills in a supportive environment.
Internationally recognised research
Our reputation for research excellence was confirmed in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008) where 30% of our research was found to be 'world-leading' (4*) in 'originality, significance and rigour', with another 35% judged to be 'internationally excellent' (3*). The University of Kent is a research led institution, which means that the research that the academics are engaged in continues to inform their teaching, and that you, as a student in the department, are at the centre of a dynamic and thriving academic environment. The School runs several series of weekly seminars, lectures and readings. Please view our events calendar for more details of what we have going on.