School of English

The School of English is renowned for world-leading research and innovative teaching. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in:
  • Literature (English and American)
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • Drama, Theatre and Performance.

Excellence in research

The quality of our faculty research is shown by the results of the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), in which 84% of our research was rated as internationally excellent or world-leading overall. The vitality and sustainability of our research environment also received a score of 90%. These scores are among the highest in the UK. For more information visit the REF website.

English Literature and English Language and Linguistics are ranked 9th, and Drama 7th, in the UK for research quality (The Complete University Guide 2018).

At the Sussex School of English, you will be taught by world-renowned researchers, and will be supported by an intellectual community that encourages in-depth knowledge, creativity, and ambition.

Outstanding teaching

With more than 50 research-active faculty, we are one of the largest English departments in the UK, and offer expertise across over 1,000 years of literary production.

In the past five years, over a dozen members of the School of English have won teaching awards for innovation and student support.

95% of our English and Drama students were satisfied with the teaching in the School of English and 95% were satisfied overall with their courses (NSS 2016).

Exceptional league table rankings

We feature in the top 100 universities in the world for English Language and Literature in the QS World University Rankings 2017.


11th, The Times and Sunday Times University Rankings 2017

12th, The Independent Complete University Guide 2018

13th, The Guardian University Guide 2018


4th, The Times and Sunday Times University Rankings 2017

15th, The Independent Complete University Guide 2018

American Studies:

3rd, The Independent Complete University Guide 2018

4th, The Guardian University Guide 2018

4th, The Times and Sunday Times University Rankings 2017

First-rate career prospects

English at Sussex is ranked 1st in the UK for graduate prospects (The Guardian University Guide 2018, The Complete University Guide 2018 and The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

Drama at Sussex is ranked 3rd in the UK for graduate prospects (The Times and Sunday Times University Rankings 2017).

97% of our English graduates found employment or progressed into the full-time postgraduate study within six months of graduating from Sussex (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2015).

News from English

Sussex Student reflects on Sussex Writes


Kara Cole-Rajotte reflects on her participation in a student-led community teaching programme run by the School of English:

"Although I have just graduated with a degree in Drama Studies and English, I am saddened to leave behind Sussex Writes, a fantastic creative writing scheme founded by Dr Emma Newport and assisted by myself (Kara Cole-Rajotte), Maisie Ormrod, and Sally Slidell in 2017. Our team has now grown to around twenty students at Sussex University, ranging from undergraduates to MA and PhD students. In 2017-2018, we had a successful year of teaching creative writing to GCSE students in a variety of secondary schools across Sussex. Groups of tutors facilitated workshops to encourage students to write imaginatively within a time limit and to react to a variety of different prompts. We also held events on campus to enlighten students about the benefits of GCSEs and the advantages of university life.

"Sussex Writes equips students with skills to produce a creative writing piece in their GCSE English exam. For instance, one tutor used her psychology background to teach students how to think more deeply about the characters they were imagining, moving from literary clichés to fictional personalities with individual complexities and believable inner thought processes. Originality and prosaic dexterity were further encouraged by quick-fire prompts, with one student from Gildredge School describing the sky as “an upside-down ocean”.

"Although my own involvement with Sussex Writes has come to an end, I look forward to hearing about their continued work in helping budding creative talents fulfil their potential!"

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School of English Office
University of Sussex  
Arts B, B133, Falmer  
Brighton, BN1 9QN 
+44 (0)1273 877303  or +44 (0)1273 678434