School of English

About the School

The School of English at the University of Sussex combines an illustrious history with a commitment to innovation and interdisciplinarity that places it at the forefront of the discipline. We are a flagship School within the University, set in the stunning South Downs National Park only minutes away from Brighton, one of Britain’s most cosmopolitan cities.

Our programmes cover the whole range of English Studies, from Medieval and Renaissance Literature to contemporary Avant Garde poetry, incorporating the study of Drama, American Literature and English Language. The School, students and faculty, share a commitment to explore and understand the ways in which language and texts create and shape our world. The School comprises around 40 distinguished members of faculty, many recognised internationally for the quality of their teaching and research,together with a lively student body. We focus upon high quality, small group teaching and flexibility in both curriculum and assessment – the size of our faculty allows us to offer an exciting level of choice but also support and advice for each individual student. The result is a unique programme that can be tailored to your own interests, in an inspirational atmosphere in which to study.

Our degrees are inventive and challenging, and invite cross-disciplinary study. We are privileged to attract correspondingly curious, intelligent and engaged students, and strive to help them fulfil their academic potential. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages, and from all over the United Kingdom as well as Europe and North America. They leave us with fiercely independent creative and critical minds, and a deep understanding of the history and future of English.

Our recent graduates have gone on to careers in media and film, the arts, teaching, journalism, publishing, information technology and business, with many staying on for postgraduate study.