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.


12th, The Independent Complete University Guide 2018

13th, The Guardian University Guide 2018

17th, The Times and Sunday Times University Rankings 2018


8th, The Times and Sunday Times University Rankings 2018

15th, The Independent Complete University Guide 2018

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).

Contact us

For all general enquiries please contact the School of English Office:

University of Sussex 
Arts B, B133  
Brighton BN1 9QN 
+44 (0)1273 877303 
+44 (0)1273 678434