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Department of English and Related Literature

Discover a world of literature at York.

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On an English degree at York, you'll discover a world of literature.

Our degree programmes offer you flexibility and choice. We provide extensive coverage from ancient classics to contemporary film and literature, with creative writing options and the chance to study literature produced in other languages.

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Our research ranges across periods and around the globe.

We nurture an environment for collaboration, critical and creative thinking, interdisciplinary work and thought-provoking discussion.

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Texts and narrative shape and change the world. Our commitment to understanding how literature reflects and makes the past, present and future is embedded within curiosity-driven modules and flexible degrees that are delivered by expert teachers, researchers and writers.

Professor Jennie Batchelor, Head of Department

7th in the UK

for English (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024).

35th in the world

for English and Related Literature (QS World Rankings by Subject 2023).



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