English, Literature and Creative Writing

Explore our English, Literature and Creative Writing courses, including undergraduate, Masters and PhD degrees.

On our English courses, you’ll have the opportunity to study across a thousand years of literature in new and progressive ways. At Sussex, we’re proud to offer a distinctive approach to a radical breadth of literary texts.

On our Creative Writing courses, you’ll experiment with writing and understand its ability to transform the world we live in. You’ll explore critical theory on range of topics, including psychoanalysis, postcolonialism and queer theory. Our teaching is informed by research in the Centre for Creative and Critical Thought.

You’ll join a vibrant and supportive community and will gain valuable skills in preparation for life after university.

Explore English, Literature and Creative Writing at Sussex

Meet Benedict

Benedict Brook, English with Media Studies BA, learned to combine creativity and critical thinking during his degree. Sussex was formative for his career and he is now a senior journalist for Australia’s most read news website.

Read Benedict’s story

The undergradute view


  • Video transcript

    Hi, I'm Tillie, I'm a year-one English student at Sussex.

    Besides my literature studies, I also take a Japanese pathway.

    I'll be talking about my uni journey, why I started uni in Sussex, what I've enjoyed so far and some advice for you, on choosing your own university.


    Their higher subject ranking in English gives me a reference that I can expect a higher quality of teaching in English Studies.

    Plus, Student Support and Careers and Employability gives me guidance and a clearer picture of what I want to do after my studies.
    Also, having lessons in one focused campus with such beautiful scenery is what talked me into choosing Sussex.


    Before freshers week, we international students have pre-departure talks and introduction lectures given by the University and their school of studies respectively.

    For Housing, after you get your University managed accommodation, you can join the Facebook group set up by the University so that you can find your flatmates before moving in.

    Freshers week is not only the societies, fairs, and all day partying.

    You'll also get introduction lectures from your course convenors.


    Besides the scenery, what I like the most about Sussex is how academically supportive they are.

    I've had supportive tutors and I find some of the uni services like the Careers and Employability Centre, Skills Hub and ELS for international students really useful for my studies.

    And they often challenge us into new insights and thinking, broadening our horizons.


    Since starting uni, I find myself opening up more and being more initiative.

    Whether that's asking questions from the tutors, speaking up in seminars and exploring and experimenting with all the choices I have for my studies.


    What's next for me?

    Maybe a placement year or several internships and of course, working hard to apply for a Masters in the future.


    Ask yourself, is a higher subject ranking beneficial for your studies or your career?

    Do you want a city campus or a focused campus?

    Do you need a lot of student support from your uni?

    So go to the visit days or open days to learn more about your potential university.

    Good luck!

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