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Inspired and inspiring

Located in a city with an unparalleled literary history and one that cherishes the power of the written and spoken word, the Department of English and Modern Languages is a place to be both inspired and inspiring.

Whether as one of our distinguished Fellows on the MA Creative Writing, a lecturer unlocking the secrets of literary greats, or a student participating in our annual OutBurst event, you are part of an inclusive environment where a lively exchange of ideas around literature, language and contemporary culture is actively encouraged.

Connections, creativiy and enterprise

We connect with communities locally, nationally and internationally through our links with local schools and theatres, our role in the Oxford Literary Festival and our long-standing exchange programmes with universities across Europe, South America and Japan.

In 2013 we launched the first ever official publications from Oxford Brookes University with a series of six graded reading levels called Let’s Read Japanese.

This exciting commercial venture brings together linguistic expertise, student input and eye-catching design to create a suite of classic tales, Japanese legends and poems as well as new stories to both educate and entertain.

Teaching, learning and research

Teaching, learning and research is rooted in strong disciplinary foundations, allowing bold interdisciplinary themes to emerge, and transforming approaches to literature within the department, across Oxford Brookes University and beyond.

The major research areas of the department are:

  • The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre
  • Materialities
  • Networks and Localities
  • Medicine, Science and Technology
  • Memory and Life-writing
  • Language and Discourse

Students on our undergraduate programme take courses in English Literature, Drama, Japanese, French and Spanish. Our free Add a Language module is available to students from across the university and promotes linguistic ability and cultural awareness, offering opportunities for Brookes’ graduates to become better communicators and more valuable employees in an increasingly diversified and global workplace.

For postgraduates we offer taught Master’s programmes in English, Creative Writing and International Business, Culture and Language, integrating teaching with active research projects so that you’ll have the opportunity to learn from the most up-to-date thinking and even take part in ongoing research.

For those interested in higher degrees, research supervision is offered on a variety of areas related to our expertise in English Literature, Drama, Literary Linguistics and French Literature. We have particular strengths in Early Modern Drama, Nineteenth-Century Poetry, Modernism and Post-colonial Literature. We also have expertise in Japanese Studies, specifically in classical and new wave Japanese cinema (Alex Jacoby) and Japanese religions (John Lo Breglio).

Our alumni and networks

As a graduate from the Department of English and Modern Languages (formerly Arts and Humanities) you will have gone on to pursue one of a myriad of careers in a range of commercial, public and academic settings.

If you’d like to share your experiences and expertise with current students or at an Open Day, or maybe take the lead in organising a reunion – we’d love to hear from you. Stay connected with the Department and with other alumni via our LinkedIn groups and alumni societies.