Read a diverse array of texts from across historical periods and around the globe, with opportunities to study select foreign literatures in translation or in the original language and options in creative writing.
Why study English at York?
We offer a friendly and supportive learning environment, helping you to make the transition to degree-level study in first year and providing support as you continue to develop your research and writing skills over the course of your studies.
We place a strong emphasis on small-group seminar teaching, with lots of opportunities for one-to-one consultation with staff. We foster creative and critical thinking, inviting you to develop essays and projects tailored to your own interests.
- English (BA)
- English/History (BA)
- English/History of Art (BA)
- English/Linguistics (BA)
- English/Philosophy (BA)
- English/Politics (BA)
There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course. You'll also have the chance to take a placement year.
If you're studying at a university outside the UK, you may be able to spend up to a year in York as a visiting student.
Scholarships and funding
Find out about scholarships and studentships that are available to students in the Department of English and Related Literature.
We're a top ten research department according to the Times Higher Education's ranking of the latest REF results (2021), and 98% of our research was rated 3* and higher.
Lively intellectual culture
We partner with the annual York Festival of Ideas and the biennial York International Shakespeare Festival.
You'll benefit from our interdisciplinary research and teaching with critical thinking and transferable skills.
Our teaching, learning and student experience is outstanding, recognised by a Gold rating from the Office for Students in the 2023 national assessment (Teaching Excellence Framework).
As a student at York, you’ll have access to the University's Library and Archives, which house an extraordinary range of resources to support your studies. The Department of English and Related Literature is home to Thin Ice Press, whose iron presses chart the evolution of print from 1838 to 1926.
York is a contemporary city with a rich literary history. The Viking-age poet Egil Skallagrímsson recorded the adventures of the court of Eric Bloodaxe when York was the capital of the Viking kingdom in England. Laurence Sterne’s ground-breaking novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman was first published in York in 1759, and the diarist Anne Lister married Ann Walker in the city. The Bluestocking Elizabeth Montagu spent her childhood in York, and the poet W. H. Auden was born here.
- Alongside the University's Careers and Placements team, you'll benefit from the expertise of our own dedicated careers officer, who offers a range of resources, events and support services to enable you to develop your skills and experience.
- Our degrees are an excellent springboard into a career within the creative industries. The skills you'll develop throughout your course will enable you to succeed in a wide variety of professions including teaching, journalism, publishing, librarianship, law and drama.
- You’ll learn presentation, language and reasoning skills during your English degree, and gain expertise in complex analysis and research.
Student and graduate stories
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