School of English

About the School

Welcome to Englishportrait Prof Carol Watts, Head of School of English

Bringing together English and American Literature, English Language and Linguistics, and Drama, Theatre and Performance, the School of English at Sussex combines world-leading research with innovative, creative teaching. We share a commitment to understanding and rethinking the ways in which language creates and shapes our world: imaginatively, structurally, and through performance.

Since the University’s founding, English at Sussex has challenged conventional critical and cultural models. Our faculty are distinguished scholars, many of whom have won academic prizes and research awards. Our degrees are widely recognised as inventive, inviting interdisciplinary study.

With more than 50 faculty, over 750 undergraduates and 200 MA and PhD students, the School of English enjoys one of the largest concentrations of students reading English, English Language and Linguistics and Drama in the UK.

Professor Carol Watts, Head of School 

About the School of English

Our courses cover the whole range of English Studies, from Medieval and Renaissance Literature to contemporary Avant-Garde poetry, incorporating the study of Drama, Theatre and Performance, American Literature and English Language and Linguistics. The School, students, and faculty share a commitment to explore and understand the ways in which language and texts create and shape our world.

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 course that can be tailored to individual 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 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 film, the arts, teaching, journalism, publishing, information technology and business, with many carrying on to postgraduate study. 

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