Students undertaking English and History at Queen's explore literature, language and history in the widest possible sense. From the earliest writings in Anglo-Saxon to contemporary Irish, British, and 'global' literatures; from the origins of ancient Greece and Rome to modern Irish, European, American and Chinese history, students study English in its linguistic, historical and ideological circumstances and in History can choose modules that focus on gender, social and cultural history, colonial history, politics, religious and economic change.
English and History 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 Ciaran 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 regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, BBC Northern Ireland.
- Internships have also been developed to allow students the opportunity to carry out work experience in history-related fields.
World Class Facilities
- Top Ranking: English at Queen's has been placed in the QS World University Rankings top 100 History departments in the world for 2016 with History placed in top 150 History departments in the world for 2016.Research-led Teaching: the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed that both English and History at Queen's are producing world-leading or internationally excellent research, placing Queen's in the top 10 of UK history departments.
- 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.
- The National Student Survey results show consistent student satisfaction with the English and History programme and university experience.
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 History 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. A good degree in English and History is a guarantee that the holder can analyse subjects in depth and develop coherent arguments in written and verbal form. In addition, the subject matter studied is always related to a wide range of contemporary issues, which allows graduates to understand the present in
its proper perspective. Graduates from this degree at Queen's are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline.
Employment after the Course
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
And in History:
• Bill Neely (ITV News Editor)
• Alan Green (Radio 5 Live)
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
• Teaching £21,500
• 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.