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Who We Are

Southampton English Podcasts

Southampton English Podcasts

We produce a series of podcasts supporting the study of English at A-Level and GSCE: click here to view the episodes.

We are a large but close knit Department committed to researching and teaching all aspects 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 degrees 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. Our courses are taught by specialists in the relevant area, building first-hand research into the syllabus, while our third-year undergraduate dissertation provides our students with a strong foundation for later postgraduate 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 Days, Visit Days, or email us to book an individual tour to find out more.

Key facts

96% of the scholarship produced by our academics was recognised to be of international quality according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014

39% of this work was judged to belong in the highest category of world-leading research

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