Students undertaking English and French at Queen's explore Anglo- and Francophone literatures and language in the widest possible sense. From the earliest writings in Anglo-Saxon to contemporary Irish, British, French and postcolonial literatures, students study English and French texts in their historical, cultural and ideological circumstances and material manifestations. Language modules in English and French explore language structure and function; the day-to-day use of the languages, including in the media; and the major influences that have shaped both linguistic traditions.
English and French Degree highlights
English Studies at Queen's has an extraordinary heritage, as represented by its globally esteemed writers, such as Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and T.S. Eliot Prize recipients Paul Muldoon and Ciar��n Carson, among others.
- English at Queen's offers a range of Study Abroad opportunities, from the Erasmus programme with a range of European partners, to the chance to study at a number of partner institutions in the United States.We welcome applications from European students who would like to attend Queen's under the Erasmus programme. This programme enables students who are already enrolled at a university in Europe to take time out from their own institution and spend either one semester or a full academic year at Queen's. Additionally, the Study Abroad programme is particularly popular with students from North America, Canada and Australia.
- We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, BBC Northern Ireland.
World Class Facilities
- The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry is named after our illustrious alumnus and recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature. Today, it is the hub for creative writing and poetry at the University and is staffed by some of the most highly-regarded practitioners in poetry, scriptwriting and prose in the UK and Ireland, such as Professor Sin��ad Morrissey and Professor Ciar��n Carson, both recipients of the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry.Our state-of-the-art multimedia language centre provides students with learning facilities unparalleled elsewhere in UK and Ireland, and includes a Language Lab with the latest language learning and translation software (including SDL Trados suite).
- From Personal Tutors to peer mentoring, we work closely with students to ensure they are supported at every stage of their degree.
- A thriving cultural scene organised by our undergraduate and postgraduate communities, from the English Society and Poetry and Pints to the Lifeboat and the Yellow Nib, makes studying English at Queen's a unique proposition.
- Students can work with our visiting Fulbright Scholars, leading US academics who spend a semester at Queen's each year.
My subjects are fascinating, my lecturers make them come to life, and the amazing friends I have made here make it so much more than just any other institution. For me, all of the above make Queen's home."
Lucy Gault (Stage Three)
Studying for an English and French degree at Queen's will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree have the proven ability to analyse subjects in depth and develop coherent arguments in written and verbal form, as well as linguistic fluency and experience of living and working abroad, all of which are highly sought after skills in a global job market.
Employment after the Course
Graduate Careers and Achievements
Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures; for example, in English:
Seamus Heaney, Nobel prize-winning poet;
Paul Muldoon, academic and poet;
Stephen Rea, actor;
Helen Madden, writer and actor;
Annie Kelly, journalist and writer;
Annie Mac, radio presenter.
Kathy Clugston, Radio 4 presenter
Edward Hughes, Professor of French, Queen Mary University of London
You should also take a look at the Prospects website for further information concerning the types of jobs that attract English and French graduates.
Other Career-related information:
Queen's is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen's students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.
In a context where over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, we have found that employers of all kinds wish to employ English and French graduates. Although many of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in teaching, business, the civil service, translating/interpreting or advertising, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors.
A list of the major career sectors (and some starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years is shown below:
Voluntary sector/charities £15,000-£18,000
Public Relations £20,000
Banking £28 000
Export Marketing £15 000-£25 000
Publishing, Media and Performing Arts £16,000-£25,000
Fast Stream Civil Service £25,000
Translation / Interpreting £18,000-£26,000
Varied graduate programmes (Times Top 100 Graduate Recruiters/AGR, Association of Graduate Recruiters UK)
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.