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Studying English with the Department of English and Creative Arts draws on the distinctive Edge Hill University tradition of combining linguistics with literary analysis. This will give you the opportunity to explore how language works, as well as analysing and interpreting literary texts.

English Language

In English Language, we have particular strengths in:

  • psycholinguistics, particularly child language development and historical linguistics
  • sociolinguistics, including the language of Shakespeare and language, gender and sexuality
  • corpus linguistics, including computer-assisted language analysis.

Work with renowned linguistic scholars on a diverse range of language courses including the history of English, forensic linguistics, and language and education.

English Literature

We specialise in the long 18th and long 19th Centuries, particularly gothic writing. We will also introduce you to literary periods from the Renaissance to the 21st Century, including contemporary pop culture.

Explore the rich diversity of literatures in English. You can choose from a wide range of specialist options, covering everything from Gothic novels to lyrical poetry, from travel books to contemporary crime writing.

Undergraduate courses


Explore your research options

The Department of English and Creative Arts has a distinct and thriving research culture.

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Your learning journey is facilitated by a highly experienced academic team who are deeply committed to excellence in teaching.

Meet our staff

Work related learning

Our English programme is designed to train you in the skills valued by a wide range of employers. We do this as part of your study of the subject, rather than separately from it. From Year 1 you will be encouraged to think about your future career options.

A group of english students on a trip to Manchester crown court

Our modules will support your career development, giving you creative experience of:

  • presenting material for publication
  • producing lesson plans and reflecting on your practical work
  • planning and hosting events.

You will be given the chance to undertake work-related learning including the possibility of a work placement or external project. This will give you valuable experience in a work setting, as well as evidence to support your career plans.

You will get to meet with our recent graduates and discuss your career options with them at our annual Careers Afternoon. You will also be given the opportunity to volunteer for regional heritage organisations through our English Volunteering Fair.

We have a departmental work-related learning officer, Emma Liu, who is available to meet with you on a one-to-one basis. Emma will ensure that you have the opportunity to work with external organisations. She also contributes to sessions on modules so that you know what’s going on.

I aim to work closely with leading industry organisations and businesses to cultivate partnerships and enrichment opportunities such as placements, industry talks and other relevant activities. This will help you to further develop real world experiences to meet the ever-changing needs of industry graduate level positions and employers.

Work-Related Learning Officer Emma Liu

Your transition into the job market will also be supported by our Careers Team. You will even get the chance to apply for a £2,000 award to support a career-enhancing project through the University’s Student Opportunity Fund.

A summer work placement at LILA* Language School