School of Humanities

English and Cultural Studies

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Studying English and Cultural Studies enriches our understanding of major literary, cinematic and theatrical traditions across the globe.

Our discipline area covers the literatures of Britain, America, Australia and postcolonial societies; creative writing and theatre; and popular culture and film.

English literature books 

Courses and careers

Our course centres on developing critical practices of reading, writing and analysis. 

The major promotes a wide view of the discipline, one that embraces the study of canonical and popular, past and present, metropolitan and diasporic bodies of writing, and the relations between them. It promotes the creative and critical use of language and understandings of the self and others.

We offer units in:

  • literary history of Britain, America, Australia and postcolonial societies
  • creative writing and theatre
  • popular culture and film
  • critical theory

Learning outcomes

The English and Cultural Studies major lays the foundation for further study at honours and postgraduate level which features in-depth training in the original research and analysis of literary forms, histories and contexts. 

Students completing this major will be able to:

  • interpret texts in a range of cultural genres independently and appropriately
  • express ideas, information and argument concisely and clearly in written and oral forms
  • use highly-developed skills of analysis and critical reasoning
  • research, evaluate and use relevant scholarly information and creative material in their writing and performance
  • produce, recognise and value creative and original forms of thought and expression
  • work independently on projects involving complex ideas
  • work effectively as a member of a collaborative group – in tutorial, workshop, rehearsal, and performance contexts according to specific course requirements
  • possess an informed understanding of the cultural history of the diverse societies in which English has played a major historical role and for which English has become a language of expression
  • have an historicised understanding of fundamental critical concepts that allow us to recognise and discuss the relationship between the formal, thematic, and functional aspects of specific textual practices
  • be aware of the importance of informing and challenging their independent analyses and ideas with discriminating reading in imaginative, critical and theoretical literature
  • have a critical understanding of the role played by ideologies such as race, class and gender in literary, cinematic and cultural texts.


These skills and attributes will be useful for students intending to progress to language-based professions such as law, education, psychology, journalism, and diplomacy, as well as to careers in the arts, cultural management, advertising, the civil service and public advocacy groups.

By allowing students to engage imaginatively with their own and other cultural traditions, this major equips them to work and live in today’s globalised environment.


Through their research, staff members explore a number of genres, historical periods and thematic areas, and are widely published in international journals,  monographs and edited volumes.