Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton
EnglishPart of Humanities

Who we are

We are committed to studying the full range of literature in English from the early medieval period to the present day. We host a number of Visiting Fellows and Researchers, and our graduate students contribute to the richness of our research community.

Our approach

Our commitment to research-led teaching is reflected in all our activities. We're proud of the contributions we make to our individual fields, and see the quality of our research as a major reason for students to choose English at Southampton.

We have a lively and dedicated team of staff, many of whom have joined Southampton in the last few years from a range of other universities here and abroad.

We offer a broad and imaginative programme with an interdisciplinary emphasis, drawing on the most recent developments in literary studies. We cover the full range of English literature, with particular strengths in medieval and Renaissance studies, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and culture, modernism, and international writing; our courses also give you the opportunity to study film and creative writing. Our teaching is supported by a full programme of visits by international scholars.

Our teaching and assessment methods are varied and often innovative, with a relatively small examined component and an emphasis on various forms of assessed work.

We aim to create a friendly, informal atmosphere in which students feel free to come and ask for advice and guidance, and to provide a well-defined structure of pastoral and academic care to support you throughout your degree.

Come to one of our open lectures and find out more.

Research-led teaching

Our courses are taught by specialists in the relevant area, building first-hand research into the syllabus.

Our third-year undergraduate dissertation provides our students with a strong foundation for later postgraduate work.


Key facts

In addition to its excellent ratings in both teaching and research, Southampton offers an English degree that is very 'adventurous'. One is able to study English on its own or combine it with other disciplines such as film, history or music.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.