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 wins Harvard Fellowship

Jemma Deer works at the intersection of literary studies, deconstruction, and the environmental humanities. She is interested in the ways in which current ecological crises such as climate change, extinction, and biodiversity loss are working to transform the ways we understand the world and our place within it. She was recently awarded a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the Harvard University Centre for the Environment. 

As an Environmental Fellow at Harvard, Jemma will work with Professor Verena Conley on a study of Modernist literature. The project will explore how the fiction of Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, and Elizabeth Bowen offers a unique site for approaching the thought of extinction today.

Jemma has an MA in Critical Theory and a PhD in English from the University of Sussex. Under the heading Radical Animism: Reading for the End of the World, her doctoral thesis elaborates a new theory of animism for the Anthropocene. Engaging with ideas from diverse fields such as astronomy, evolutionary biology, food, psychoanalysis, and quantum physics, the project rethinks the crisis of climate change through readings of various literary and critical writers (including Lewis Carroll, Charles Darwin, Jacques Derrida, Sigmund Freud, Clarice Lispector, Franz Kafka, William Shakespeare, and Virginia Woolf).

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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