Queen Mary University of London English

Queen Mary University of London English

Queen Mary University of London English


Q300 BA (Hons) 3 years




Study English with us and you will develop a highly sought-after critical vocabulary.

Through analysing world-changing writing from medieval epic to the latest fiction and poetry, your English degree can take you into a wide range of careers within the media, creative industries and beyond.

An English degree also encourages you to read in new ways. By studying English at QMUL, you will become a thoughtful, thorough and active reader who thinks intelligently about both what people have written (and are still writing) and about what it means to read and interpret their work.

You will be introduced to a wide range of critical and theoretical approaches to literary and non-literary texts, and you’ll discover how history, philosophy, psychology and a range of other disciplines can inform our understanding of literary works.


Why study English at Queen Mary?

English at QMUL has an international reputation for excellence. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), we were ranked first in the UK for Research Intensity. This means that throughout the Department we are producing world-leading research. But our academics are not just influential researchers; they are also dedicated teachers who are actively engaged in presenting a diverse range of themes in an accessible, friendly way.

We are a big English department, with lots of specialist staff, so you can personalise your degree and study the topics that most interest you. You’ll have tailored staff support, including plenty of individual help and advice on your work.

You’ll also get the opportunity to take modules in creative writing, and to contribute to student publications from student newspapers to literary anthologies.

Several members of staff are stars in their own right: for example, Professor Jerry Brotton, Professor Margaret Reynolds and Dr Shahidha Bari are regularly heard on radio and seen on TV discussing their ground-breaking work. You may have seen Jerry Brotton’s series on BBC4 on the history of maps. And we host literary events, festivals and poetry readings on campus.

Teaching takes place at our scenic Mile End canalside campus and our English degree makes full use of the literary and cultural resources London offers. This includes trips to the world’s most treasured cultural organisations, such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Library and the Museum of London.


Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures and seminars. Lectures are given by our in-house experts, and can also feature guests such as industry experts, poets, curators and performers. Some lectures can also be reviewed as video podcasts. Modules may also include field trips, tutorials and workshops. These will often be free, although some trips will incur minimal costs for students, including travel within London and the purchasing of tickets to exhibitions and events (often at a group discount rate).

Most modules are assessed by coursework, often in the form of essays, but sometimes involving extended projects, presentations, log books and portfolios. Only a handful of modules are assessed by traditional exams.

For full information about life in the School and the programmes we offer, please see the School of English and Drama Website.

Study abroad

You can choose to apply for a four-year version of this degree with a full year abroad. We have links with universities around the world, including Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia (specific partnerships for each programme may vary).

While there are no extra tuition fees associated with these placements abroad, you will need to cover the cost of your transport to your destination and your living expenses, including accommodation.

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at QMUL.