Throughout the ages, the written word has been a powerful force for political action, historical documentary, creative expression and transformation. At NTU, we share your passion for English, and this stimulating degree is designed to enhance, interrogate and challenge your understanding, while also developing your talents and strengths.
English at NTU offers you an exciting opportunity to explore literary studies from the traditional to the contemporary. From Shakespeare to American Literature, through to travel writing and modern poetry, our English degree has been designed to give you the skills and knowledge for a successful career.
The course is extremely flexible, offering a broad range of optional modules that allow you to pursue your passions and interests. It combines aspects of a traditional degree course in English with elements that are at the cutting-edge of English literary studies today. Importantly, throughout the course you will develop a wide range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers.
You'll work collaboratively producing either a conference or literary event for a public audience, or a published journal or magazine. You can also work with an organisation to produce a portfolio of work.
How you're taught
How will I be assessed?
English modules are mainly tested through a combination of examinations, coursework essays, portfolios (which might include reports, reviews, annotated bibliographies, brief reports or short critical analyses), learning journals and presentations.
Who will teach me?
As well as being internationally recognised for our research, the English team is friendly and approachable. The course is informed by the latest thinking and you'll learn from people with a real passion for their subject. We'll help you find your feet when you first arrive, and stretch you as you become more confident. We look forward to expanding your interests and helping you to realise your ambitions.
Student academic prizes
At the end of your course, your work could be recognised with a prestigious award. At present four prizes are awarded annually to graduating students (these may vary from year to year):
- The Michael Klein Prize for the best performance in American texts modules
- The English Subject Prize
- The Five Leaves Creative Writing Prize
- The Eland Books Prize (for Travel Writing).
More student opportunities
You'll also have the option to take part in an international exchange at a partner university. Or you could source work placements abroad. These options will enable you to gain impressive international experience, and broaden your perspective and career ambitions.
You'll experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year.
Watch our video to find out more.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Learning a new language can enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.
Here at NTU, we're enthusiastic about the English subject and wish to express a similar enthusiasm to our students. It's much more than a job: it really matters to us that you are inspired, passionate, challenged and motivated by your studies. Here, we talk about the authors who have inspired us and instilled in us a passion for the subject that we teach.
- Year 1 coursework (83%) and written (17%)
- Year 2 coursework (83%) and written (17%)
- Year 3 coursework (100%)
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%)
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%), independent study (76%), placement (2%)
- Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (21%), independent study (79%)
Careers and employability
Your career development
As one of our graduates you will possess a wide range of academic and transferable skills.
Academically, you'll have an extensive knowledge of a wide range of literary texts. You'll gain an understanding of the complex nature of literary languages, and the ability to evaluate and debate theoretical viewpoints, which is an important life skill as well as being of benefit to a whole range of employment activities.
However, the major transferable skill of all English graduates is the ability to communicate effectively both in speech and in writing. These skills are invaluable for a wide range of occupations and settings.
Graduates have gone on to develop their careers within large well known organisations (such as Marks & Spencer, BBC etc.) and many graduates are forging successful careers in small to medium sized companies, reflecting the nature of the UK economy.
Graduate roles include:
- retail and finance
Some students choose to progress to further study, either to continue their research within English, or to gain more directly vocational qualifications such as journalism, teaching, law and social work.
Career and Placement Centre – enhancing your employability
Our friendly and experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the Internet. You will find consultants on all three campuses. Find out more about our Careers Service.
Books and library resources
In our library you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books including those on your reading list. The library also stocks periodicals that focus on Literary and Linguistics forums. The Clifton Campus has its own Blackwell's Bookshop which stocks relevant academic texts plus a wide range of bestselling novels.
Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the Clifton Campus, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student). Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.
Current students from the School of Arts and Humanities run societies for like-minded students to join including the Languages and Linguistics society and Debating society. Find out more about student societies at the Students' Union website.
In addition to subject specific resources, we have a dedicated teaching and learning building which is home to lecture theatres and innovative teaching spaces. The Clifton Pavilion sits at the heart of the campus and provides a contemporary study and social space, where you can relax, grab a coffee, and work on projects independently or in groups.