In Kent’s School of English you are taught by leading international researchers and award-winning creative writers. Encouraging and welcoming, the School is the perfect place to pursue your passion for literature and fulfil your academic potential.

Key facts

16th

for English and creative writing in The Guardian University Guide 2020.

90%

of final-year students in English who completed the National Student Survey 2019 were satisfied with the teaching on their course.

95%

of English students who responded to the most recent national survey of graduate destinations were in work or further study within six months. (DLHE)

gold

in the Teaching Excellence Framework*, the highest possible rating.

Our vision

We are a diverse group of artists and thinkers who believe in the power of the word. 

From the classics to poetry slams and from Chaucer to the contemporary, we look at how the world is perceived, described, analysed and changed through language. Our aim is to guide you towards mastery of reading, writing, listening and speaking; to help you move beyond the consumption of words to a greater understanding of their deeper meanings.

As well as being highly committed teachers, we are leading researchers with a clear understanding of the public value of research. Studying in our School is not just about analysing what has been written, it is also about imagining what and how we will write in the future.

We ensure you gain valuable skills useful in any project you choose to apply your talents to. If you want to explore the beauty of the English language and look into what makes us human, what we share and what makes us different, we would love you to join us.

Inspirational teaching

An energetic and enterprising School, our teaching is marked by innovation and enthusiasm. We try to ensure that you are taught by different lecturers, so that you encounter different teaching styles, fresh ideas and new authors.

Seminars are a crucial part of your learning. We keep class sizes small, making it easier for you to develop your own ideas and ensuring you have the space to express and defend them. 

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Create your own book of creative writing as part of 'The Book Project'.

Flexible programmes

The broad range of expertise in the School allows us to cover the canon from Chaucer to contemporary literature, as well as to explore the diversity of literatures in English, such as Indian, African or Caribbean. 

You are able to choose the majority of your modules, meaning you can shape your degree to your own interests. On all of our undergraduate programmes you can choose to spend a year abroad or on placement.

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Literature can help to provide ways of thinking about some of the big issues that face us in the world. Learning about how these issues have been discussed in the past can throw fascinating light on our contemporary concerns.

Supportive community

There’s plenty of support within the School: you have a personal academic adviser as well as help from our Student Support team to assist you on your academic journey. 

There are lots of events, including research seminars, readings by well-known authors and other social events that bring our community together. We also offer subsidised and self-funded field trips to nearby destinations, such as the Globe Theatre in London, and further afield, including to New York.    

Globe Theatre in London

Trips to the Globe Theatre in London enhance students’ learning.

Research excellence

An established and thriving research culture covering both traditional and new fields makes the School a stimulating place to study. Our staff publish widely, both as respected critics and acclaimed creative writers. Active researchers, they are also teachers, meaning that you are among the first to discover the latest thinking in your field.  

Impressive prospects

In the School of English, we ensure that, alongside academic expertise, you gain the key skills you need for your future career, which has led to great success for our graduates. 

The School runs its own workshops and also takes part in University-wide events, which focus on the many options open to English graduates. 

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The University’s Templeman Library

Location

The School of English is based on our Canterbury campus. You have access to first-class resources, including the magnificent Templeman Library, in a beautiful setting, with plenty of spaces to study and relax. Everything you need on campus is within walking distance, including a general store, a bookshop, bank, a medical centre and a pharmacy. You can go off campus to explore the city’s medieval buildings, historic pubs and mix of independent shops and leading high street brands. London is just an hour away by train. 

The School also offers postgraduate programmes at the University’s Paris School of Arts and Culture, a specialist postgraduate study centre in the heart of Paris.

*The University of Kent's Statement of Findings can be found here.